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Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Sun May 22, 2005 12:36 am

The "President" of Qatar is in ALB for his daughter's graduation (Skidmore College - Saratoga Springs, NY).

He had two Airbus a/c fly in for the ceremony. They are both in Qatar Airway's livery. I learned of the situation while taking a walk this morning and saw an A340 fly overhead. I knew immediately "something was up" as ALB never gets these jumbos!!

Security is very tight! I was taking photos (will upload soon!) and the local police are chasing people away.

Apparently, the President is very eccentric. According to a police dept employee who was also taking photos, the President has made some outrageous demands for his daughter's ceremony.

I'll keep you all posted as events develop!

Sorry for any spelling errors - I am having trouble opening spell check.

BR
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Sun May 22, 2005 6:30 am

UPDATE

The A330 departed about an hour after arrival...

The A340 departed approx 5:00pm. I have photos and hope to upload soon...
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Sun May 22, 2005 6:33 am

Great news to see the QR 330's and 340's in the US!

Do you know what the types are, 332 or 333 and 340?

Can you please upload them on the post via photobucket? Big grin

Where the aircraft in VIP config?

Rob!
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Sun May 22, 2005 6:43 am

I have my digital camera hooked up to my laptop, but I am having difficulty uploading...

I believe the A330 was the -200. Judging by the windows on the 340 (was not a stretch) it was in VIP config...There were only about 25 pax, probably family members??

Hopefully, photos will follow!
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Sun May 22, 2005 12:24 pm

I had trouble uploading my own photo of the a/c @ ALB. Here are some photos of Qatar Aiways a/c taken by other a.net members. I belive I have the appropriate variations of the a/c I saw today...

I visited Qatarairways.com and it appears Qatar does not have any regularly scheduled service to the US??

The photo on top could be the VIP configured a/c in its original color scheme. Correct me if I'm wrong. The a/c I saw in ALB today were painted in their current livery.

Oh, and btw, It was the Emir of Qatar that was visiting, not the "President" as I had referred to him in the origianl post.

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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Sun May 22, 2005 2:05 pm

post those photos friend. The medium sized airports such as ALB don't get a lot of attention, and I'd love to see those birds there.

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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Sun May 22, 2005 2:13 pm

The Qatari Royal flight has been bouncing around the US. They were at ORD and JFK earlier in the week.
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Sun May 22, 2005 6:35 pm

It would have been great if they had come to SWF!

Luck to Albany for getting those great birds!
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Mon May 23, 2005 12:12 am

When I lived in MN, they used to have many VIPs from the Mid East fly to the Mayo Clinic for treatment with huge entourages. Since 9/11 that has apparently changed as its more difficult to get visas for just anybody in the VIP party except the immediate family and security detail. This has had a major impact in Rochester on the hotels and even the food shelves. Food shelves you ask?? Apparently many of these VIPs used to bring along a lot of their favorite fresh foods too.(MN not being known for its Mideast cuisine!) The food shelves often would get literally a ton of dates at the end of the trip as they usually brought far more than was needed.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Mon May 23, 2005 1:33 am

DAMN....of course I'm in FL right now and missed that going on back home!!!!! I would have totally checked that out yesterday. Oh well. better luck next time.
Where did they keep the planes? I can imagine they would be over by the cargo stand or by the ANG helicopters.
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Mon May 23, 2005 3:16 am

Quoting Trex8 (Reply 8):
When I lived in MN, they used to have many VIPs from the Mid East fly to the Mayo Clinic for treatment with huge entourages. Since 9/11 that has apparently changed as its more difficult to get visas for just anybody in the VIP party except the immediate family and security detail. This has had a major impact in Rochester on the hotels and even the food shelves. Food shelves you ask?? Apparently many of these VIPs used to bring along a lot of their favorite fresh foods too.(MN not being known for its Mideast cuisine!) The food shelves often would get literally a ton of dates at the end of the trip as they usually brought far more than was needed.

I think it also had to do with the King of Jordan who was being treated at that clinic, and other dignitaries were coming to pay their respect...
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Mon May 23, 2005 3:24 am

Is the 7200ft runway at ALB long enough for a A340 to start and make it at least over the atlantic? I don't think so ...

The A330 should have fewer problems, but anyway it's gonna be hard ...

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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Mon May 23, 2005 3:27 am

maybe it was making a stop somewhere before it went back?
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Mon May 23, 2005 5:07 am

Quoting PADSpot (Reply 11):
Is the 7200ft runway at ALB long enough for a A340 to start and make it at least over the atlantic? I don't think so ...

The A340 had no trouble taking off. It departed r/w 1 to the north and took off just past the crosswind r/w (28). It appeared so slow and heavy - It was amazing. I will post my pics as soon as my tech friend shows up!

Quoting Vincent32 (Reply 9):
DAMN....of course I'm in FL right now and missed that going on back home!!!!! I would have totally checked that out yesterday. Oh well. better luck next time.
Where did they keep the planes? I can imagine they would be over by the cargo stand or by the ANG helicopters.

They were parked on r/w 28 (Latham side). Very out of the way - you could not see them from the observation deck! I was questionned 3 times by local police and was asked to "move along." I came back later with my other car - hahaha.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Mon May 23, 2005 5:23 am

Quoting PADSpot (Reply 11):
Is the 7200ft runway at ALB long enough for a A340 to start and make it at least over the atlantic? I don't think so ...

I think so.... If Air France can fly from St. Maarten to Paris with the A340 taking off from a 7,200 ft. runway, I don't see why they couldn't.  Smile
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Mon May 23, 2005 5:27 am

Quoting ALB2ATL (Reply 13):
The A340 had no trouble taking off.

It certainly can take off (Here at PAD we also have 7200ft and every now and then a A340), but I wouldn't be surprised finding photos on a.net when it does a fuel stop at YQX or YHZ on its way home to DOH.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Mon May 23, 2005 6:33 am

I have a couple of photos of A7-HHK at CLE when one of the dignitaries was visiting the Cleveland Clinic. Check out my personal site for pics....
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Mon May 23, 2005 6:40 am

I thought I saw something odd when I was over on Albany/Shaker & Everett yesterday. Quite honestly, I thought perhaps it was a 757, as it didn't look as thick bodied as a 767, A320 or 737 would. Never expected an A330 in ALB.
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Tue May 24, 2005 12:48 am

That's the last thing I could've ever expected... a QR A330/A340 in ALB... I wanna see those pics! The last time I went there (April), the most interesting plane I shot there was a DL 737-800...
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Tue May 24, 2005 1:01 am

Quoting San747 (Reply 18):
That's the last thing I could've ever expected... a QR A330/A340 in ALB... I wanna see those pics! The last time I went there (April), the most interesting plane I shot there was a DL 737-800...

Hey - We get a UPS 757!  Wink

I will work on those pics tonite. I had to use a disposable camera to capture both a/c - but I am sure I can scan it and attach...By the time I came back with a digital camera, the A330 had departed.  airplane 

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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Tue May 24, 2005 1:06 am

I saw the 340 sitting out at the end of 28. Quite a sight! I have a photo in the Q. The photo has already cleared the Q in an "other" airliner photo web site. I don't think that it would be appropriate to link to that site here.

Just do a search for Albany photos at the other site. Another photgrapher also has an A340 landing photo on that site.

Cool happenings at ALB!
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Tue May 24, 2005 1:17 am

IIRC Qatar Amiri have one A345 w the Qatar livery, but the might fly the A342 to Albany NY....

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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Tue May 24, 2005 1:21 am

It was definitely a 340-200. The reg was A7-HHK (from memory, I'll correct if I screwed it up)

I didn't see the 330 but I saw a photo. I don't know the reg for that one.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Tue May 24, 2005 4:25 am

Quoting SmAlbany (Reply 20):
Just do a search for Albany photos at the other site.

What is the other site?

Quoting SmAlbany (Reply 22):
I didn't see the 330 but I saw a photo.

I just saw it parked by the A340 - I was pissed when I returned and it wasn't there!!  hissyfit 
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Tue May 24, 2005 6:59 am

Quoting SmAlbany (Reply 22):
It was definitely a 340-200. The reg was A7-HHK (from memory, I'll correct if I screwed it up)

A7-HHK is defintly the ruler's family's airplane. No doubt about that. But all things considered it is a surprisingly large entourage for a graduation party. Together with the A330 there were certainly at least 100+ people. Oh my god, the poor girl ...
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Tue May 24, 2005 7:20 pm

I forgot that I could link to the photo that I have in the photo screening queue.

Here it is:

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/A7-HHK_ALB_052105_1.jpg

It was parked on the taxiway out near the approach end of runway 28. Quite an impressive sight for an airport like Albany.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Wed May 25, 2005 12:05 am

That's basically the photo I have - thanks for the link!

Great photo btw...

Everyone enjoy!  bigthumbsup 
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A340 & A330 In Albany NY!

Wed May 25, 2005 12:12 am

Very nice... It should make it onto A.net... Should quickly become popular!
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