alangirvan
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Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:25 pm

Has QR announced a start date for Australian service? Have they announced equipment?
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:31 pm

Quoting Alangirvan (Thread starter):
Has QR announced a start date for Australian service? Have they announced equipment?

Alangirvan

QR will make a formal announcement within the next 2 weeks.

Services are expected to operate via Asia.

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Qatara340
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:43 pm

My guess:

A333 DOH-BKK-MEL
or
A346 DOH-HKG-MEL
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:34 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 2):
My guess:

A333 DOH-BKK-MEL
or
A346 DOH-HKG-MEL

Hmmm, I think BKK could be the go, as it maintains schedules and connections.

via HKG would be tricky.

To operate daily via BKK, QR would only need to allocate one additional A330.

via HKG?? how would it look?

Daily
Qatar Airways (QR816)
Dep : 01:10 - Doha (DOH)
Arr : 14:25 - Hong Kong (HKG)
Equipment : Airbus Industrie A340-600

HKG 1600
MEL 0300 +1 << NOT IDEAL!


MEL 1700
HKG 0025+1

Qatar Airways (QR813)
Dep : 01:50 - Hong Kong (HKG)
Arr : 05:20 - Doha (DOH)
Equipment : Airbus Industrie A340-600


I think KUL and SIN may also be options.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:47 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 2):
My guess:

A333 DOH-BKK-MEL
or
A346 DOH-HKG-MEL

Will the A346 be able to operate DOH-MEL? or does it require a tech stop BKK/HKG? I hear QR service is outstanding. I would choose QR to Europe but with 2 stops...not sure... Would go for EK's direct to DXB then a hop onto Europe. Save time  Wink
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:22 pm

Hi Alan!

I'd be surprised to see the airline operating via Asia; I had always understood that the intention was to operate nonstop.

I guess we'll see when they announce their schedule.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:58 pm

Quoting Kaitak (Reply 5):
I'd be surprised to see the airline operating via Asia; I had always understood that the intention was to operate nonstop.

Well, QR does not have enough aircraft to operate nonstop to Australia. Two are earmarked for Washington and the other two are earmarked for other routes. Probably, if QR is to start nonstop flights to Australia, the two A346 earmarked for HKG and LHR will be downgraded and transfered to the Australia route. However, QR has previously shown interested in an Asian stopover to MEL, therefore that is most likely.
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Tue May 01, 2007 12:21 am

From what I understand, they were to start non stops from DOH/MEL in July, I keep looking on their site but no news yet from them. I think they were to start 4 x week then go to daily at the end of the year. Hope they do, I would like to try them on my regular FCO/Australia flying
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Tue May 01, 2007 1:34 am

They reeaaaaaaaaaallllyyyy need to get their DOH terminal into shape and retrain alllll their ground staff cause that place is a nightmare and their ground staff are terrible!!!

The crew is nice but if a passenger boards a plane after all the headaches of the DOH terminal and the bad treatment on ground.. the crew will not be able to cope!!!

Once they get that into shape.. the will be back on track
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Wed May 02, 2007 7:15 am

I was wondering if QR would be interested in the Thai A340-500s now that TG is dropping the non stops to LAX and JFK.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Wed May 02, 2007 8:21 am

Quoting Toptravel (Reply 7):
From what I understand, they were to start non stops from DOH/MEL in July, I keep looking on their site but no news yet from them. I think they were to start 4 x week then go to daily at the end of the year. Hope they do, I would like to try them on my regular FCO/Australia flying

July this year?? I doubt it.
QRs fleet is fully committed. I think they will struggle to even start by April 2008 on a non-stop basis, that's why I think it will happen via SE Asia, so only 1 additional A330 is required for daily ops.

Then by late 2008, as B777s start to enter the fleet, it can go non-stop.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Wed May 02, 2007 9:23 am

My money is on BKK  Smile

It was well rumoured that they would fly via BKK to MEL.

The hours were not ideal, but they weren't terrible either!
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Wed May 02, 2007 7:10 pm

Quoting Alangirvan (Reply 9):
I was wondering if QR would be interested in the Thai A340-500s now that TG is dropping the non stops to LAX and JFK.

These were sold to South African Airways
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Wed May 02, 2007 7:22 pm

What is the opinion on the success of QR into MEL?

I was under the impression they would want to come via SIN or BKK so they can ensure they have enough passengers each way?
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Wed May 02, 2007 9:49 pm

Quoting Sparklehorse12 (Reply 13):
What is the opinion on the success of QR into MEL?

Potentially very smart move given most airlines' first focus is Sydney. If QR are smart they will operate DOH-BOM-MEL; I am almost certain they would have the rights, and it would be an extremely lucrative route for them across all sectors.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Wed May 02, 2007 10:14 pm

Via BOM is an interesting one - isn't Indian Airlines or Air India planning on launching direct services to MEL?
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Thu May 03, 2007 1:13 am

Quoting Fly2CHC (Reply 12):
Quoting Alangirvan (Reply 9):
I was wondering if QR would be interested in the Thai A340-500s now that TG is dropping the non stops to LAX and JFK.

These were sold to South African Airways

When did that happen? Also, what are SAA's plans for them?
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Thu May 03, 2007 4:19 am

Quoting Alangirvan (Thread starter):
Has QR announced a start date for Australian service?

Wasn't that already back in 2003 or 2004!?

Quoting Fly2CHC (Reply 12):

These were sold to South African Airways

wrong

Quoting HanginOut (Reply 16):
When did that happen? Also, what are SAA's plans for them?

They looked into it but they didn't buy them and I doubt they will.
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Thu May 03, 2007 4:59 am

Has QR started flying to Nigeria yet? Are the flights doing ok?
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Thu May 03, 2007 5:21 am

Quoting AF022 (Reply 18):
Has QR started flying to Nigeria yet?

Yes, QR has nonstop flights to Lagos.
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Thu May 03, 2007 3:23 pm

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 17):
wrong

Check out SAA's aircraft register in the next month or two
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Thu May 03, 2007 4:55 pm

Quoting Sparklehorse12 (Reply 13):
Potentially very smart move given most airlines' first focus is Sydney. If QR are smart they will operate DOH-BOM-MEL; I am almost certain they would have the rights, and it would be an extremely lucrative route for them across all sectors.

No rights via India, just SE Asia.

Quoting Sparklehorse12 (Reply 15):
Via BOM is an interesting one - isn't Indian Airlines or Air India planning on launching direct services to MEL?

Planned for Oct this year... 3 or 5 services , A330
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Thu May 03, 2007 9:23 pm

Quoting 6thfreedom (Reply 21):
No rights via India, just SE Asia.

Have you got a source? Thanks.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Fri May 04, 2007 8:17 am

Media release somewhere on the DOTARS website.
Mentions SE Asia, but no south asia intermediate points.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Sat May 05, 2007 10:36 pm

A couple of years ago they were planning to operate their services to Australia through CMB (or perhaps that nothing but a rumour?).
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Sun May 06, 2007 2:51 am

Quoting 6thfreedom (Reply 23):
Media release somewhere on the DOTARS website

What's the link for the DOTARS website?
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Mon May 07, 2007 9:35 am

Quoting Fly2CHC (Reply 25):
What's the link for the DOTARS website?

I can't finde the text of the actually agreement.
Grateful if any one has it.
from memory though, SE and North Asia (excluding China) were the intermediate points.
QR were interested in India and CMB, but were unable to obtain rights from the authorities.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways To Australia - Start Date?

Mon May 07, 2007 10:50 am

Quoting Fly2CHC (Reply 25):
What's the link for the DOTARS website?

http://www.dotars.gov.au

also check out
http://www.iasc.gov.au which is the international airservices commission, a branch of DOTARS.

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