Category Archives: 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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Qatar Airways unveils its enhanced economy class product and seven new upcoming destinations

Qatar Airways revealed the airline’s new Economy Class experience and announced seven upcoming additions to its rapidly-growing global network.

The unveiling ceremony, which took place on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at ITB Berlin 2019.

Also present at the reveal were FC Bayern München stars Corentin Tolisso, French international and World Cup winner in 2018, and Lothar Matthäus, former German international who captained his nation to victory in the 1990 World Cup. Last year Qatar Airways signed a five-year partnership agreement with leading German football team FC Bayern München, making the airline the Official Airline Partner of FC Bayern München until June 2023.

Qatar Airways’ new Economy Class experience features a seat with an innovative 19-degree recline system, additional legroom, dual trays, 13.3-inch 4 K widescreens and type ‘C’ fast charging USB port. The airline’s new in-flight dining experience ‘Quisine’, truly redefines Economy Class service, with all new retail-style tableware, a menu offering more choices, 25 per cent larger main courses, 20 per cent larger appetisers, and 50 per cent larger desserts.

The airline is especially pleased to be ‘going green with Quisine’, as the new Economy Class proposition sees a significant increase in rotable, recyclable and biodegradable products and reduction in single-use plastic. Economy Class passengers will also be able to enjoy improved connectivity, including up to 10 times faster broadband, as well as more than 4,000 entertainment options on Qatar Airways’ Oryx One in-flight entertainment system.

At a press conference attended by nearly 200 members of the media, H.E. Mr. Al Baker also revealed an array of forthcoming global destinations the airline will launch in 2019, including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Langkawi, Malaysia; Davao, Philippines; Izmir, Turkey; and Mogadishu, Somalia.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are very pleased to reveal our new Economy Class experience here at ITB, proving that our commitment to providing the very finest experience extends to all of our passengers, not only those in Premium class. Our new Economy Class seat, with its redesigned recline system and additional leg room, will ensure that our passengers in Economy Class arrive at their destinations feeling rested and refreshed. We invite all visitors to ITB to visit our stand, so that they can experience this unique product for themselves.

“We are also tremendously excited to be adding seven new destinations to our rapidly expanding global route network later this year, and to be able to connect our passengers to anywhere in the world they wish to go.”

At ITB 2017, Qatar Airways launched its revolutionary Business Class seat, Qsuite, which features the world’s first-ever double bed in Business Class. Qsuite takes cabin innovation to a whole new level with its quad configuration, providing passengers even more choice, privacy and personalisation in their travel experience. Since its launch, Qsuite has won a host of awards, including the prestigious Skytrax awards in 2018 for ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’.

ITB Berlin 2019 will showcase a range of travel exhibitors from more than 180 countries and five continents, providing more than 160,000 visitors with the latest information on new products, services and facilities in the tourism industry. Qatar Airways welcomes all guests to ITB to visit its exhibition pavilion in Hall 2.2, stand 207 and 208 from 6-10 March.

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Qatar Airways to operate its last Airbus A340-600 revenue flight on May 1

Last A340-600 revenue flight to operated on May 1, 2019 between Bangkok and Doha

Qatar Airways, according to Airline Route, is operating the 372-seat Airbus A340-600 currently on three Asian routes from the Doha hub (Bangkok, Colombo and Kuala Lumpur).

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The A340-600s are being replaced with newer Airbus A350s

The Colombo and Kuala Lumpur routes will see the A340-600 depart on March 31.

The remaining route, Bangkok – Doha, will see the last last Airbus nA340-600 revenue flight on May 1, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Airbus A340-642 A7-AGB A7-AGB (msn 715) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 925615.

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Qatar Airways Converts 10 of its 50 Airbus A321neo on order to the longer range Airbus A321LR

Qatar Airways has announced that it will convert 10 of its 50 Airbus A321neo on order to the Airbus A321LR (long range) variant of the A320 family.

The A321LR is a type of A321neo, which has extra fuel tanks as well as a higher maximum take-off weight to give the aircraft additional range. Qatar Airways will use the A321LR to connect Doha to new growing markets where today demand is not sufficient for wide body aircraft or where current narrow bodies (A320/A321) are unable to reach. Alternatively, the new aircraft will be adopted to provide additional frequencies on existing Qatar Airways routes, giving our loyal passengers more choice and flexibility when they travel.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We have reassessed the requirements of our fleet and determined that the A321LR will bring the additional capability and range to our existing portfolio of aircraft types that we require to successfully support our global route expansion. Based on this analysis we have agreed with Airbus that we will convert 10 of our 50 A321neo on order to the longer range A321LR, the first of which will be delivered in 2020.”

The A321LR, the latest member of the market leading A320neo family, is able to fly longer routes of up to 4,000 nm (7,400 km). The A321LR provides additional operational flexibility as it has the longest range of any single aisle airliner, making it ideally suited to transatlantic routes and enabling airlines to tap into new long-haul markets which were not previously accessible to single aisle aircraft. In general, the A321LR can carry up to 206 passengers in a typical two-class layout, or up to 244 passengers in a single-class configuration on intraregional flights, offering each passenger the possibility to carry up to three bags.

This aircraft is improved with a maximum take-off weight of 97 tons compared to 93.5 tons for a standard A321neo, with structural reinforcements at the wing and centre wing box, and the option of adding a third fuel tank in the cargo compartment, depending on the needs of the operator. This aircraft is also characterised by its passenger comfort, its significant endurance, its cabin layout adaptability, its per-seat operational costs, which are 30 per cent lower than those of the nearest competitor, and all this with excellent environmental performance.

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft to a network of around 160 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

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Qatar Airways launches its new “A World Like Never Before’ ad campaign

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Qatar Airways starts the year with the launch of the airline’s biggest and most cinematic brand campaign to date, ‘A World Like Never Before’. Inspired by Hollywood and produced by some of the movie industry’s most talented creative minds, the commercial takes passengers on a magical journey to a fantasy world that will capture their hearts and imagination.

The campaign, which launches globally on January 17, 2019, shows how flying with Qatar Airways transforms the entire experience of travel – and turns the familiar into something truly magical. Everything that Qatar Airways passengers see and do becomes an experience like never before.

The centerpiece of the new global campaign is a charming and visually stunning film portraying one family’s journey with Qatar Airways. The fairy-tale voyage takes them from their flight through to the romantic streets of Paris, to the vibrant ice-rink and parades of New York City, the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, the comfort and serenity of the airline’s A380 lounge and the compelling mix of tradition and modernity of Doha – before the family finally return to their QSuite flat-bed – and then drift off to sleep in award-winning comfort.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “This campaign embodies everything at the heart of Qatar Airways’ brand values, as well as the pride we share in providing exceptional service to our passengers across the globe.

“The aim is to inspire and delight the viewer, and open them up to the possibilities that Qatar Airways, as the world’s fastest growing airline, has to offer with gateways to more than 160 exciting destinations around the world.

“We want people to see the world in a new and exciting way… Like Never Before.”

‘A world like never before’ was conceived and created by 180 Kingsday – Qatar Airways’ agency of record – and produced by iconic London production company, RSA Films (Ridley Scott Associates).

The filmic and beautifully crafted art direction represents the premium experience of flying Qatar.The film combines set design, special effects and seamless choreography – more akin to a Hollywood blockbuster than a TV commercial.

The world-renowned production team was led by director Ben Scott, whose background in production design was central to bringing to life the vision of a world like never before. Working with him was director of photography John Mathieson – the twice Oscar nominated cameraman who previously shot Gladiator and Phantom of the Opera – and production designer Jonathan Lee who art directed feature films ‘Star Wars Episode 2’ and ‘Elizabeth’.

Director Ben Scott of RSA Films said: “Qatar Airways have been extremely bold in giving me the freedom to make this film. It takes its cue from the period of first-class travel, by using the craft and technique from the golden days of the Hollywood musical. We have created a fantastical journey around the world. Something I hope feels like a dream come true.”

Qatar Airways’ vision is brought to life in a truly cinematic way. Filmed on the biggest green screen in Europe by an incredible pool of talent, including a production crew of more than 200 people across four continents, as well as using a real ice rink and incredible detailed, handmade props. Post-production was handled by MPC in Amsterdam and London. MPC were behind the incredible after effects of films such as The Greatest Showman, The Jungle Book and this year’s The Lion King.

The campaign includes film, digital, print, events and product campaigns featuring the airlines award-winning cuisine, service, in-flight entertainment and Oryx Kids Club.

Qatar Airways to bring the Airbus A350-1000 to Dallas/Fort Worth

Delivered on June 30, 2018

Qatar Airways has announced that its ultramodern Airbus A350-1000, equipped with the airline’s luxurious, award-winning Qsuite, will be available on flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) starting July 1, 2019. Dallas will be the second U.S. gateway to feature this revolutionary aircraft.

The world’s most technologically advanced passenger aircraft will also commence service on Qatar Airways’ second JFK route, which currently operates an A350-900, starting March 31, 2019. The award-winning airline first launched the A350-1000 on its New York to Doha route on October 28, 2018, marking the historic entry of the A350-1000 aircraft on U.S. routes.

One of the latest additions to the Airbus family of twin-aisle, widebody jetliners, the A350-1000 offers 327 seats across two cabins – 46 Qsuite Business Class seats and 281 extra-wide 18-inch seats in Economy Class. Similar to the A350-900 – for which Qatar Airways was also the global launch customer – the high-performance A350-1000 boasts an advanced airframe with extensive use of composite materials. Coupled with a fuselage innovatively built with carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, the jetliner burns lesser fuel, reducing harmful effects to the environment. On the inside, LED mood lighting mimics a natural sunrise and sunset to help reduce the effects of jet lag.

Qatar Airways’ A350-1000 features the airline’s patented, award-winning Business Class experience, Qsuite, which offers the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry. Qsuite is currently available on flights to and from JFK, as well as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston, with upcoming launches in Dallas and Los Angeles. 

One of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, Qatar Airways launched a host of exciting new destinations in 2018, including: Cardiff, United Kingdom; Canberra, Australia; Mombasa; Kenya; Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; and Thessaloniki, Greece. The airline also launched seasonal services to Mykonos, Greece; Bodrum and Antalya, Turkey; and Málaga, Spain.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1041 A7-ANB (msn 102) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 943705.

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Qatar Airways Cargo commences transpacific freighter service to Guadalajara from Macau

Qatar Airways Cargo has commenced freighter services to Guadalajara, Mexico, expanding its network in the Americas region. The new destination is being served by the airline’s Boeing 777 freighter.

Guadalajara has been added as a new destination on the cargo carrier’s high demand transpacific freighter route, commencing 6 January 2019. The twice-weekly freighter departs directly from Macau to Los Angeles in North America and connects onward to Mexico City arriving in Guadalajara, before departing for Doha via Liège. Guadalajara is the capital and largest city of the Mexican State of Jalisco. It has the third-largest economy and industrial infrastructure in Mexico. Major exports on the flights consist of perishables and general cargo, while general cargo will form the majority of imports.

2018 has been highly successful for Qatar Airways Cargo with cargo volumes increasing by 10 per cent in 2018 compared to 2017. Exports grew by 14 per cent and transshipments have increased by 12 per cent over the previous year. The carrier’s products have also performed exceptionally well with positive tonnage growth and the introduction of several enhancements to its products, such as the roll out of the automated mail management system across its network that greatly benefits customers of postal mail and e-commerce.

In addition to launching freighter services to Macau and commencing transpacific freighter services, the carrier added belly-hold cargo capacity to several key destinations and also received two brand new Boeing 777 freighters as part of its expansion strategy. Qatar Airways Cargo operated more than 300 charters carrying products ranging from racehorses, cattle, pharmaceuticals, perishables, garments and cars. The cargo carrier also won two prestigious industry awards in 2018, recognising its continued growth and emphasis on delivering the highest levels of service in the air cargo industry.