haveasafeflight
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Status Of Qatar Plan To Fly Iran Domestic Flights?

Wed May 02, 2012 6:58 am

Some of you may recall from a few months back that Qatar Airways and Iranian officials announced plans for the airline to begin operating domestic flights in Iran as part of a massive expansion into Iran. There was a fair amount of press coverage of the announcement at the time, along with a couple of anet threads, but the whole thing appears to have since died away:

Iran Studying Using Qatari AC For Internal Flights (by qantas747flyer Oct 30 2011 in Civil Aviation)#72

Qatar Airways Announces Massive Increase To Iran (by ojas Oct 31 2011 in Civil Aviation)?threadid=5293747&searchid=5293859&s=qatar+iran#ID5293859

Looking at Qatar Airways latest expansion plans for 2012 Iran is ominously absent   

Qatar Airways Announces Major Expansion For 2012 (by shanxz May 1 2012 in Civil Aviation)

Does anyone know the actual status of Qatar's supposed Iran expansion? I'm now wondering whether the whole thing was just a PR stunt.
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IR800
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RE: Status Of Qatar Plan To Fly Iran Domestic Flights?

Wed May 02, 2012 7:03 pm

As predicted, it will never happen!
Now it's been officially announced by the Iranian minister of roads and transport (Ali Nikzad).
He also states that QR was supposed to operate under an Iranian airline's callsign.
Source (only in Farsi): http://www.donya-e-eqtesad.com/Default_view.asp?@=298160
 
haveasafeflight
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RE: Status Of Qatar Plan To Fly Iran Domestic Flights?

Thu May 03, 2012 6:39 am

Quoting IR800 (Reply 1):
As predicted, it will never happen!
Now it's been officially announced by the Iranian minister of roads and transport (Ali Nikzad).
He also states that QR was supposed to operate under an Iranian airline's callsign.
Source (only in Farsi): http://www.donya-e-eqtesad.com/Defau...98160

I can't say that I'm surprized by this, IMHO it always looked like a long shot.

Unfortunately I can't read the article you posted (I presume it's Farsi) did the article happen to specify the exact reason(s) why the project has been a failure?
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IR800
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RE: Status Of Qatar Plan To Fly Iran Domestic Flights?

Thu May 03, 2012 2:01 pm

The stated reason by the minister in this article is just a short expression: "sanctions and economical war against Iran"!

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