With the recent order of 32 Airbuses Qatar Airways are speeding up their expansion plan which will run from now untill the end of the decade which is when consolidation will happen.
The main things that'll happen in the next couple of years are include:
- Introduction of new products and services
- Expansion of fleet, phasing out of A300's
- Increasing frequencies to offer better connections
- Adding a LOT of destinations
- Joining an alliance
Regarding frequencies Qatar Airways is trying to build up key Asian destinations as well as London Heathrow towards twice daily services. Other European destinations will be taken up to daily (subject to government approval) starting first with Manchester and Paris followed by Munich and Frankfurt. Finally QR
wants to build up they key Gulf/Middle Eastern routes with BAH going to 3 daily, DXB
4 daily and MCT/DMM/AMM going to daily flights.
Qatar Airways' new destinations for the remainder of 2003/2004 are literally all over the world. Qatar Airways will start flying to destinations such as Tokyo, Addis Ababa, Lagos, Johannesbourg, Australia, Zurich and Madrid this is in addition to the previously anounced destinations such as Moscow, Shanghai and Seoul. The North-East Asian (PVG/SEL/NRT
) market is of particular interest because of strong premium O&D demand between the region and the Gulf due to economic ties. QR
will also be making in-roads into Africa to offer them an alternative way to get to Asia, Africa was a market traditionally overlooked by QR
. Flights to the US and Canada will start in 2005 catering mainly to the business market between the Gulf and North America as well as the VFR traffic to South Asia.
is looking at significantly increasing their presence in South Asia. QR
wants to upgrade current india operations from 19x weekly of predominantly A320 operations to 28x weekly widebody operations as well as add Bangalore, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chennai. CMB recently saw a doubling of frequencies and MLE will be upgraded to 10x weekly flights from next year with KTM
going to 11x weekly.
In other news Lufthansa should resume codesharing with QR
on the FRA
-DOH routes as well as starting their own flights to DOH. This is because the LH
team who have been working with QR
over the past few years have completed most if not all of the changes required.
I forgot to add that most if
If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask
[Edited 2003-06-30 19:06:11]