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Gulf Times: Qatar Airways to replace all Airbus A330s by 2022 and all A320s by 2024

Qatar Airways Airbus A330-302 A7-AEI (msn 813) LHR (SPA). Image: 932957.

CEO Al-Baker of Qatar Airways was interviewed by the Gulf Times on its fleet plans.

The carrier will replace its remaining Airbus A330-200s and A330-300s with new Airbus A350s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners over the next three years.

“From 2024, our fleet will consist of Boeing 777s and 787s and Airbus A350s and A321s. At that time, there will not be any more Airbus A320s and A319s in our fleet,” stated Al-Baker.

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Top Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Airbus A330-302 A7-AEI (msn 813) LHR (SPA). Image: 932957.

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Qatar Airways to launch services to Rabat, Morocco and expand joint business agreement with Royal Air Maroc

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A7-BCR (msn 38336) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942907.

Qatar Airways has announced that it will launch flights to Rabat, Morocco on May 29, 2019.

Services to the Moroccan capital will be served by a Boeing 787 three times a week.

In addition, Qatar Airways has also announced its joint business agreement with Royal Air Maroc to expand the number of services available to meet increased consumer demand for flights to Morocco.

In addition to launching Rabat via Marrakech, Qatar Airways will also now offer daily flights to Casablanca, providing seamless connectivity for passengers who wish to explore the country’s many vibrant cities.

Qatar Airways currently operates five weekly flights from Doha to Marrakech via Casablanca on a Boeing 777, in addition to two direct weekly flights from Doha to Casablanca. The carrier’s joint business agreement partner, Royal Air Maroc, provides five weekly flights from Casablanca to Doha.

Qatar Airways will add a number of other new destinations to its extensive route network in 2019, including Izmir, Turkey; Rabat, Morocco; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia and Langkawi, Malaysia.

Qatar Airways Flight Schedule:

Until May 28, 2019 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday)

Doha (DOH) to Casablanca (CMN) QR1395 departs 09:15 arrives 15:40

Casablanca (CMN) to Marrakech (RAK) QR1395 departs 17:00 arrives 17:50

Marrakech (RAK) to Doha (DOH) QR1395 departs 19:00 arrives 04:45 +1

Until June 16, 2019 (Friday and Sunday)

Doha (DOH) to Casablanca (CMN) QR1397 departs 07:05 arrives 13:30

Casablanca (CMN) to Doha (DOH) QR1398 departs 14:50 arrives 00:15 +1

May 29, 2019 to October 26, 2019 (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)

Doha (DOH) to Marrakech (RAK) QR1463 departs 09:55 arrives 16:10

Marrakech (RAK) to Rabat (RBA) QR1463 departs 17:30 arrives 18:20

Rabat (RBA) to Doha (DOH) QR1463 departs 19:30 arrives 05:25 +1

From May 29, 2019 to October 26, 2019 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday)

Doha (DOH) to Casablanca (CMN) QR1397 departs 08:05 arrives 14:30

Casablanca (CMN) to Doha (DOH) QR1398 departs 19:35 arrives 05:00 +1

From June 17, 2019 to October 26, 2019 (Friday and Sunday)

Doha (DOH) to Casablanca (CMN) QR1397 departs 08:05 arrives 14:30

Casablanca (CMN) to Doha (DOH) QR1398 departs 19:35 arrives 05:00 +1

Royal Air Maroc Flight Schedule:

Until June 16, 2019 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday)

Doha (DOH) to Casablanca (CMN) AT216 departs 01:30 arrives 07:10

Casablanca (CMN) to Doha (DOH) AT217 departs 13:45 arrives 22:50

From June 17, 2019 to October 26, 2019 (Daily)

Doha (DOH) to Casablanca (CMN) AT216 departs 01:30 arrives 07:10

Casablanca (CMN) to Doha (DOH) AT217 departs 13:45 arrives 22:50

Top Copyright Photo (all other by the airline): Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A7-BCR (msn 38336) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942907.

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Qatar Airways: Qatar Airways’ investment in Air Italy is fully compliant with U.S.-Qatar Open Skies Agreement

Qatar Airways has issued this statement:

Following recent false accusations relating to Qatar Airways’ shareholding in Air Italy, such baseless statements and consistent inaccuracies need addressing as a matter of urgency.

Qatar Airways holds a 49 percent stake in Air Italy’s parent company, AQA. This minority investment is at the same level that Delta holds in both Virgin Atlantic and Aeromexico, and that Etihad held in Alitalia.

Qatar Airways’ investment in Air Italy, and operations to the United States, are fully compliant with the U.S.-Qatar Open Skies Agreement, the January 2018 U.S.-Qatar Understandings, and a side letter that accompanied the discussions.

Unfounded claims that Qatar Airways’ investment in Air Italy violates the Understandings are entirely false.

As a factual matter, the investment preceded the January 2018 U.S.-Qatar Understandings.

·         The investment was announced in a July 2016 press release and was approved in writing by the European Commission (DG Competition) in March 2017.

·         The transaction was closed in September 2017.

·         The discussions surrounding the Understandings took place in December 2017 and January 2018.

Qatar Airways’ investment in Air Italy was a matter of public knowledge (as were Qatar Airways’ investments in other airlines) at the time of the U.S.-Qatar discussions; airline investments were not raised as a point of concern during those talks. The Understandings do not mention or prohibit cross-border investments of any type.

Furthermore, Qatar Airways does not codeshare on any of Air Italy’s flights to the United States, and has no plans to do so. Qatar Airways is not operating any Fifth Freedom scheduled air services to the U.S.

The “Big 3” U.S. carriers have consistently demonstrated their hostility to new entrants into the U.S.-Europe market, and their attacks on Air Italy based on the identity of its minority shareholder are just another manifestation of this hostility. Air Italy, the carrier the “Big 3” cite as a major “threat” to their survival, has a fleet of just 15 aircraft and only serves one U.S. city – New York – with a daily service while other routes, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco are operated at a lower frequency.

The U.S.-Qatar Open Skies Agreement has brought enormous benefits to U.S. and Qatari consumers, businesses and communities. Qatar Airways’ services to the United States contribute to U.S. tourism and business. Qatar Airways is a long-term and loyal customer of Boeing, Gulfstream and General Electric, helping to secure tens of thousands of U.S. jobs through our continued investment in their products and is a valued partner to many other U.S. businesses.

Air Italy is an Italian airline fully owned by AQA Holding (51% Alisarda and 49% Qatar Airways), with its headquarters in Olbia and its main hub in Milan Malpensa. The company was established up with the name of Alisarda on March 29, 1963, with the aim of promoting tourism to Sardinia. In 1991 the name was changed to Meridiana.

Following a merger with charter carrier Eurofly and the acquisition of the charter company Air Italy the airline became the most important Italian player in international leisure flights.

In December 2017 growth towards new domestic, medium-haul and long haul destinations from Milan Malpensa was announced reflecting a major strategic shift for the Company.

In February 2018 a new corporate identity was presented and the Company was rebranded as Air Italy.

In May 2018 Air Italy added new domestic routes from Milan to Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme and Cagliari ( from March 31, 2019) scheduled for connection to its newest long-range destinations including New York, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco (the last two starting from April 2019), Toronto (from May 2019).

Its network also includes direct international flights from Milan Malpensa to Accra, Cairo, Dakar, Lagos, Sharm El-Sheikh, and, from its Olbia Costa Smeralda hub, year-round scheduled services to Rome, Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa and Bologna and seasonal ones to a wide range of domestic and regional destinations.

Air Italy’s fleet is currently comprised of three Boeing 737 MAX, seven Boeing 737 NG, and five Airbus A330.

Qatar Airways to introduce the Qsuite on the Philadelphia route on September 1

Qatar Airways’ innovative ‘First in Business Class’ experience, Qsuite, will be introduced on flights from Philadelphia to Doha starting September 1, 2019, bringing a new standard of luxury, Business Class travel to ‘The City of Brotherly Love’.

The arrival of the award-winning Business Class product marks the airline’s eighth gateway to feature the Qsuite and follows the latest 2019 introductions of Qsuite on U.S. routes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

Qatar Airways proudly launched Qsuite at ITB Berlin in March 2017 to outstanding global acclaim, and has set a new standard for luxury travel with this innovative product. Qsuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class and customizable private cabins for up to four people, allowing them to work, dine and socialize together. These new features provide the ultimate customizable travel experience that enables passengers to create an environment that suits their own unique needs.

Qatar Airways currently operates daily, nonstop service between Philadelphia and Doha. Launched in 2014, the Philadelphia to Doha route has greatly expanded connectivity to India, the Middle East, East Asia and Australia via Qatar Airways’ state-of-the-art hub Hamad International Airport (HIA). Philadelphia was Qatar Airways’ fifth gateway it launched in the U.S.

Photo: Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways reaches a significant milestone with delivery of 250th aircraft

Qatar Airways is celebrating the arrival of its 250th aircraft, an Airbus A350-900 from Toulouse, France, the latest addition to the group’s growing fleet of passenger, Cargo and executive aircraft.

This impressive landmark comes just 22 years after the carrier began operations, and is testament to the incredible growth of an airline that has become world-leading in that time, winning a host of awards, including the Skytrax World Airline of the Year accolade on no less than four occasions.

The new A350-900 joins the airline’s state-of-the-art fleet, where the average age of aircraft is less than five years old. As of 20 March 2019, Qatar Airways’ fleet is made up of 203 passenger aircraft, 25 Cargo and 22 Qatar Executive jets.

Qatar Airways is renowned for its state-of-the-art fleet. Last year, the airline became the world’s launch customer of the Airbus A350-1000, symbolising Qatar Airways’ determination to lead the way in the industry by pioneering and championing the latest technology and innovation. In 2014, the airline became the global launch customer of the Airbus A350-900, becoming the first airline in the world to operate every family of Airbus’ modern airliner portfolio.

In January 2015, Qatar Airways deployed its newly-received, world-first, Airbus A350 XWB aircraft on the Frankfurt route and in 2016, it became the first airline to fly the A350 family of aircraft to three continents.

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide.

The airline has launched an array of exciting new destinations recently, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Mombasa, Kenya and Da Nang, Vietnam. Qatar Airways will add a number of new destinations to its extensive route network later this year, including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Langkawi, Malaysia; Davao, Philippines; and Mogadishu, Somalia.

Photos: Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways to start phasing out its 10 Airbus A380s in 2024

Type to be phased out starting in 2024

Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar al-Baker stated at the ITB Travel Fair in Berlin it will start phasing out its Airbus A380s in 2024 when the type is 10 years old. The airline currently operates 10 of the type.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Qatar Airways Airbus A380-861 A7-APH (msn 197) LHR (SPA). Image: 941161.

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