QatarAirways From Qatar, joined Sep 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3186 times:
Exciting times ahead for Qatar Airways
On Friday the 31st of May Qatar Airways first flight to Casablanca landed. Qatar Airways has started this route with 3x weekly flights operated on Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays. Qatar Airways plans to upgrade this route to Daily in the near future. Qatar Airways will also start services to Frankfurt, Milan and Sana’a in June this year.
In the press conference held in Casablanca to celebrate the arrival, Qatar Airways managers have released interesting news about Qatar Airways future plans. A Qatar Airways original plan was to concentrate on the European and Asian markets. These plans have been adjusted because QR is more of a success than what was originally predicted. Qatar Airways have said that they will fly to the US in 2004 and have even more recently showed a renewed interest in the African market.
Qatar Airways currently operate to only three African destinations; Casablanca, Cairo and Khartoum. The CEO has said that Qatar Airways will also start flights to Tunis , Libya as well as South Africa. These destinations should come in 2003. On a more regional level plans have been announced for flights to Sharjah which should start this year, as well as Qatar Airways entering the Iranian market in the near future.
The recent Qatari withdrawal from Gulf Air has made Qatar Airways alter their future expansion plans. The altered plans include more destinations as well as aircraft than originally planned by the airline. This is because Qatar's withdrawal from Gulf Air will result in many routes to be transferred from Gulf Air to Qatar Airways which will give Qatar Airways a 20% passenger boost.
Qatar Airways Order
The Qatari newspaper "Al Sharq" has reported today that Qatar Airways has placed a $4.1 billion dollar order with Airbus. The order should include some A340-500 for use on Qatar Airways' proposed routes to the US. The order will also include some narrow-bodies to fill the gap Gulf Air will make when they withdraw from the market. The order will be for between 9 and 12 aircraft, this is why I think their might be a typo because 9 to 12 aircraft is too small an order for 4.1 billion dollars, or will QR give us a surprise?. Complete details of the order should be announced this week and I will keep you all updated.
QatarAirways From Qatar, joined Sep 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3048 times:
The confirmation of the A380 order was scheduled for the summer, so I think that this might contain the A380s. The plan was to order 4 A380s and take out more options on the aircraft.
Not much detail was given, the obvious first destination is either EWR or JFK and then thier will be expansion to Canada and as indicated by one of QR's managers in Europe a long time ago, Houston is a possibility, and about GF's problems you might want to try the Aviation Gulf forum.
Yes this should mean more trouble for GF. After Qatar pulled out from GF Qatar, Qatar Airways became a stronger airline instantly and now with their expansion they don't see GF as a problem for them.
Thier are not details yet on how many A340-500 were ordered.
QatarAirways From Qatar, joined Sep 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 3000 times:
SailorOrion, their route to MUC is very good. It is not as good as the LHR or KUL but it has a good loads especially in F/J class. Qatar Airways want to increase MUC and FRA to daily flights each but they are still awaiting approval from the authorities.
QatarAirways From Qatar, joined Sep 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2861 times:
That aircraft was A7-ABP it joined Qatar Airways in 1997 but was returned to the lessor in 2000(IIRC) because the lease price was too high. The lessor (AWAS) got a new customer for this A300 who was Citybird,and the aircraft was painted in their livery. The aircraft was not taken up by CityBird because of thier bankruptcy and was painted in all-white livery. Qatar Airways got the aircraft back from AWAS at a cheaper rate this year but only applied titles and kept the aircraft all-white. I don't know the real reason for this. It could've been specified in the contract similar to PIA's 743 or it could be a short-term lease where painting the aircraft is un-economical.