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Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:26 pm

Media invites are being sent out right now to attend the arrival in Qatar of the first A380 "the newest aircraft in its fleet" on the afternoon/evening of Thursday September 18th, at Hamad Int'l Airport.
After the arrival and the reveal, the lucky ones will get to have a tour of the aircraft.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:20 pm

The frame is OK now ?  
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:31 pm

Quoting olle (Reply 1):
The frame is OK now ?

Yes, and apparently another QR acceptance team approved the cabin changes. The aircraft made two acceptance flights on September 9 and seems to be ready for delivery next week.


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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:06 pm

AAB happy with the carpets now is he ?   
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:21 pm

Quoting olle (Reply 1):
The frame is OK now ?  

Apparently yes, as per this -
https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/airbus-spokesman-says-plan-fly-153548400.html

[Edited 2014-09-11 09:22:05]
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:39 pm

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 2):
Yes, and apparently another QR acceptance team approved the cabin changes.

So fortunately that issue has been resolved now. The A380 in QR's livery look very, very good imho.  
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:00 pm

Looks great!

But for those of us who don't know, what caused the delay?
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:26 pm

Quoting syncmaster (Reply 6):
But for those of us who don't know, what caused the delay?

Qatar Airways expressed dissatisfaction with certain areas of the interior cabin fittings installation that required re-work.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:32 pm

Quoting syncmaster (Reply 6):
But for those of us who don't know, what caused the delay?

Per WSJ:

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Airbus said Qatar's A380 had been delayed as the airline had been very "demanding" in its specifications. The carrier found fault in the texturing of the paint, the interior cabin decor foils, which are similar to wallpaper, and the jet's non-textile floors, which are prevalent in the galley area. Those large galley structures now have to be removed to lay new flooring in a time-consuming process.

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http://tinyurl.com/opkp8kg
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Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:48 pm

Citing A380 Blogspot, there should be 4 A380's at XFW, how many of these will happen to have the initial service intro (1, 2 or 3)?
 
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Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:49 pm

Quoting Clipper101 (Reply 9):
Citing A380 Blogspot, there should be 4 A380's at XFW, how many of these will happen to have the initial service intro (1, 2 or 3)?

Number 1, 2 and 3 should be delivered this year. Number 1 will open LHR service in October while number 2 will open CDG service in November. Number 3 will enable daily rotations.
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:15 pm

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 10):

Many thanks KarelXWB, can not wait to see A380 also in service with EY & watch how ME3's will battle it out each with their own A380!   

[Edited 2014-09-11 16:16:23]

[Edited 2014-09-11 16:17:33]
 
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Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:23 am

Quoting TC957 (Reply 3):
AAB happy with the carpets now is he ?

Yes, the shagginess/thickness ratio is now within .001% of tolerance.
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:46 am

Quoting terry (Thread starter):
first A380 "the newest aircraft in its fleet"

Wow, the aircraft is now over one year old (first flight: 06-Sep-2013)...
 
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Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:28 pm

i would love to know if the reasons cited above are the real reasons why the a/c was not accepted...if i can refuse delivery of an a/c for so long i probably don't need it...let's see what will happen with the a350...airbus will probably be prepared this time  
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:15 pm

On other news, QR delayed CDG to 1 November.

*That is a big shock*

NOT!
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Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:08 pm

Certainly the best looking A380,IMHO .
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:13 pm

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 2):

Yes, and apparently another QR acceptance team approved the cabin changes. The aircraft made two acceptance flights on September 9 and seems to be ready for delivery next week

Wow,
I wonder if Airbus locked the doors after the last flight and told everyone not to even look at it  


Good news.
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:58 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 15):
On other news, QR delayed CDG to 1 November.

Paris service will start with the arrival of the second airframe.
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:20 am

Quoting United_fan (Reply 16):
Certainly the best looking A380,IMHO .

Agreed!

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 18):
Paris service will start with the arrival of the second airframe.

Do you think there will be other shorter duration destinations being placed in between the two airframes?
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:51 am

Qatar Airways now officially confirmed the arrival of the A380.

http://twitter.com/qatarairways/status/510737136840998912/
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Sat Sep 13, 2014 2:04 pm

In my mind, this is the best looking A380 out there.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3857/14994647948_8e598921e3_o.jpgF-WWST by air-spotter.net, on Flickr
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:32 am

Looking forward to giving a try in November. I am wondering what (if any) enhancements there is in the J cabin not in the 787 cabin?
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:25 pm

4 Days left!

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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:13 pm

The jet was pulled to the XFW delivery center today.


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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:26 pm

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 8):
and the jet's non-textile floors, which are prevalent in the galley area. Those large galley structures now have to be removed to lay new flooring in a time-consuming process.

They have to be one of the most worked areas of the aircraft, spot a problem before delivery is better than taking out a year later to fix.
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:29 pm

Someone else is blaming Zodiac Aerospace for the delay:

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The truth came out from a third party company, Zodiac Aerospace, a well respected aircraft interior manufacturer. They put the blame on a shortage of galley's to fit the aircraft with. The lack of galley's comes down to a large demand for them and a lack of labor provided by Zodiac. Labor shortage comes from a dispute with a union, though it's not entirely the reason.

Source:
http://www.airlinegeeks.com/blog/item/qatar-s-a380-finally-takes-off

Anyway, it doesn't matter anymore. Airbus addressed the cabin issues and Qatar Airways accepted the airframe afterwards.
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Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:31 pm

3 more days...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BxkJM1dCMAI6qtX.jpg:large
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Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:09 am

Somehow, this countdown promo feels like the countdown to #TheHungergames #MockingjayPart1 trailer.

Super excited and can't wait to be on the upper deck of #QatarA380 LHR-DOH late October.
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:41 am

2 more days!

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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:10 pm

Quoting terry (Thread starter):
the lucky ones will get to have a tour of the aircraft.

That would be me 
Quoting fiscal (Reply 22):
Looking forward to giving a try in November. I am wondering what (if any) enhancements there is in the J cabin not in the 787 cabin?

Well, the cabin is almost exactly the same, perhaps wider aisles as the A380 is wider than the 787. The lounge access for J passengers is a big bonus as well.
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Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:08 pm

Qatar Airways executives just arrived in Hamburg with a Global 5000 jet (A7-CEV) for a big celebration party today.
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Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:14 pm

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 33):
Qatar Airways executives just arrived in Hamburg with a Global 5000 jet (A7-CEV) for a big celebration party today.

So it is finally going to happen.   The QR livery really is one of the best looking liveries on the A380 so far.  
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:31 pm

How many A380's are they picking up tomorrow?

I thought they had 3 or 4 ready to deliver?
 
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:39 pm

Quoting Sooner787 (Reply 33):
How many A380's are they picking up tomorrow?

I thought they had 3 or 4 ready to deliver?

Supposedly one; but from I was told by an insider, there will be double surprise! (I do not know, but I am thinking it might be more than one)

They are supposed to have 4 by the end of this year. In addition, to two A350s, and a few 777's--a great capacity increase. Perhaps, we should be hearing about new destinations/upgrades shortly.
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:46 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 35):
there will be double surprise!

There are two QR A380s parked in front of the XFW delivery center. However, I do not know if that means a double delivery (AFAIK the 2nd A380 has yet to make its acceptance flight).

[Edited 2014-09-16 12:48:48]
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:47 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 35):
Supposedly one; but from I was told by an insider, there will be double surprise! (I do not know, but I am thinking it might be more than one)

Maybe they are going to order more of them, for an airline the size of QR and with the expansion plans and ego, I think they need more of them, I don´t know where will they fly them, but slowly we can see more and more in the network.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 35):
They are supposed to have 4 by the end of this year. In addition, to two A350s, and a few
777's--a great capacity increase. Perhaps, we should be hearing about new destinations/upgrades shortly.

Actually I was talking today with one of my friends in QR and he told me that they are having issues because the lack of A320 planes, they are short, so maybe we will see upgrades in long flights, like we have seen with RGN, maybe we can see NBO, MXP, WAW or DAR going to A330 or B788.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:05 pm

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 31):
Qatar Airways executives just arrived in Hamburg with a Global 5000 jet (A7-CEV) for a big celebration party today.

Photo of the arrival:

http://www.netairspace.com/photos/aviation/photo_56286/
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:46 pm

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 36):
There are two QR A380s parked in front of the XFW delivery center. However, I do not know if that means a double delivery (AFAIK the 2nd A380 has yet to make its acceptance flight).

Picture:
http://twitter.com/TomOtley/status/511869416599203840/photo/1
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:23 am

From the ceremony in Hamburg.

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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:10 am

Quoting migair54 (Reply 37):

I can see that happening. Although, I don't understand why QR would end 3 A321 leases with CIT and give them off to UL, if they were starved of narrow-body aircraft.

BTW, that A380 is just frickking beautiful!  
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:15 am

Just read article on the QR A380 delivery in Flight Global and AAB said QR hope to firm up the 3 remaining options plus hinted at a top-up order too.....if the aircraft exceeds their expectations.
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Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:24 am

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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:43 am

Quoting TC957 (Reply 43):
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...80-hints-at-further-orders-403756/

Here is the link. Quotes:
"Once delivered, we will see its performance and, if it exceeds our expectations, we will firm up the three airplanes and maybe take some more," he said at a press conference ahead of the delivery ceremony.

Al Baker refused to blame Airbus for the failure of Qatar's first A380 to display at July's Farnborough air show - the first aircraft was supposed to be delivered before the event. With the airframer's chief executive Fabrice Bregier beside him, he said the delay in delivery was down to Qatar's high standards. "It's from us because of our very stringent demand for quality. No [other airline customer] would have delayed it for the reasons we did."

Al Baker described taking delivery of the A380 as a "proud moment", describing the aircraft as a "masterpiece which transcends anything the aviation world has seen before".

In a sideswipe at his Gulf rival Etihad's A380 recently-revealed cabin product, he apologised for not offering "residences, butlers or suites", but said that instead, Qatar's interiors had "class."
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:46 am

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 35):
They are supposed to have 4 by the end of this year. In addition, to two A350s, and a few 777's--a great capacity increase. Perhaps, we should be hearing about new destinations/upgrades shortly.

Regarding new A380 routes, here's what Al Baker had to say about it:

Quote:
Al Baker expects two further A380s by the end of the year, but, while refusing to name additional destinations, had a jibe at Lufthansa, which has been lobbying against Qatar's expansion into Germany. "The third and fourth [routes] I will keep as a suspense because I want to surprise our competitors, especially our competitor in this country who is very concerned about our growth," he said.

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...80-hints-at-further-orders-403756/
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:52 am

It will fly to DOH 18/09 and will fly to LHR on 10/10. i think it is a long time to keep it on the ground ?
will they fly it to regional destinations for crew familiarization ?
 
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:54 am

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 19):
Do you think there will be other shorter duration destinations being placed in between the two airframes?
Quoting UAEflyer (Reply 47):
will they fly it to regional destinations for crew familiarization ?

AFAIK nothing has been announcement (yet).
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RE: Qatar Airways A380 In Qatar!

Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:45 am

From the ceremony:
http://www.airbus.com/fileadmin/media_gallery/photogallery/big/800x600_1410926711_Qatar_Delivery_28-.jpg

Great picture. I really like the Qatar livery on the A380.



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