Great points there. I am not very familiar with the region, (I specialize in Latin America
) But that region is very interesting because Emirates makes it so. And now with Qatar Airways striving for Emirates style exellence makes it much more so.
However, It will take Qatar many years to achive Dubai's current status. Emirates can probably fill those A380's to a certain extent on their busiest routes, but I doubt that Qatar Airways can really afford that. To me Qatar's decision is just what you made of it. Political pride for Qatar. Who the hell knows where Qatar is? Well, many people will know now with Qatar's 2
huge propaganda adverstisment machines flying around here and there.
What is there to do and see in Qatar anyway? And who other than Gulf Air, and Emirates fly to Doha? But you know, it might not be such a bad idea. Given the fact that they already concentrate on the Indian sub-continent (with their huge population base and their weak air carriers like PIA and Air India) to Europe market where so many other carriers from small nations have learned to take a small bite (nibble) at the huge pie.
Yet, maybe they could have bought themselves A340-600 or 777-300 which would make more sense than the huge A380. History repeats itself. Many airlines like Air Gabon, Air Madagascar, and Cameroon Airlines to mention a few were early customers for the 747's but do you think they could really fill them up? Nah... Just
the work of some big shot political leaders with big ego's and little brains...
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