I am very well acquainted with both QR
and the Gulf airline industry. Despite your claims otherwise, from your level of knowledge of Mr Al Baker's airline, you are obviously either with the airline itself, the Qatari press, or a Qatari government entity. Regarding the MAN
service, if you look at the average yields in the markets that you mentioned, only KTM
will generate a substantial chance of profitability. The BKK
, CMB and MLE flights will generate low yields due to either the high levels of one-stop competition, or the fact that the destination is a leisure market only. The MAN
service will need a high load factor to simply break even
It appears that the airline is being grown on the Emirates business model. The reason that I am skeptical of this working is that at least EK
has a sizable local market whereas the local Doha market is simply too small to support the expansion. Even with substantial local growth, DOH is light-years away from being able to support this level of expansion. Using EK
as a model is risky. Despite published reports of profitability, EK
is losing money as an operating airline. The EK
group is making a profit, but that is all being driven by Dnata.
Don't misunderstand, I wish QR
well, but do question the level of expansion.