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Qatar Airways Cargo commences freighter services to Macau and introduces transpacific services

Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777F A7-BFO (msn 62772) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 943451.

Qatar Airways Cargo is pleased to announce that it has commenced freighter services to Macau, the carrier’s fourth freighter destination in Greater China. The arrival flight was greeted with the traditional water cannon salute (below).

Alongside the launch of the new twice-weekly services to Macau, the carrier has also introduced transpacific freighter services, providing direct flights over the Pacific from Macau to North America, resulting in reduced flight times and faster services for customers.

Macau becomes Qatar Airways Cargo’s fourth freighter destination in greater China after Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The cargo carrier also transports belly-hold cargo on passenger flights to seven destinations in Greater China. In North America, the carrier has an extensive network of nine freighter destinations and 11 belly-hold cargo destinations.

The carrier’s Boeing 777 freighter operates twice a week from Doha to Macau. From Macau, it departs across the Pacific to Los Angeles and Mexico City. On the return leg, the freighter flies over the Atlantic to Liege before arriving at the carrier’s hub in Doha. One hundred tons of cargo capacity is offered on each flight leg.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Qatar): Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777F A7-BFO (msn 62772) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 943451.

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Qatar Airways converts five Airbus A350-900s on order to the larger A350-1000

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1041 A7-ANA (msn 088) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 943551.

Qatar Airways has announced that it has upgraded five of its current order of Airbus A350-900s to the higher-capacity A350-1000. The airline has already taken delivery of 30 A350 aircraft (27 A350-900 and three A350-1000) from the total order of 76 A350 XWBs.

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The decision to upgrade the original order comes just eight months after the award-winning airline, which was the global launch customer for both A350 types, welcomed the first A350-1000 into its fleet. The strong performance of this state-of-the-art aircraft and the need for extra capacity on the world’s fastest growing airline are the key factors behind this latest announcement.

The A350-1000 is seven meters longer than its younger sibling and offers 28 percent more capacity in the Premium class cabin. It also features the airline’s revolutionary Qsuite seat, which offers passengers a First Class experience in the Business Class cabin.

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The A350-1000 currently operates on the London (Heathrow) (top) and Frankfurt routes and will launch on the Doha – New York JFK service from October 28, 2018.

The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs.

The A350 XWB features an Airspace cabin, which on top of the aircraft spaciousness and quietness, provides better ambience, design and services, contributing to superior levels of comfort and well-being, and setting new standards in terms of flight experience for all passengers.

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.

The award-winning airline recently revealed a host of upcoming new global destinations, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Mombasa, Kenya and Da Nang, Vietnam.

Top Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1041 A7-ANA (msn 088) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 943551.

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Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways expand their codeshare partnership

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-8H6 WL 9M-MXP (msn 40153) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 943657.

Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways have announced the expansion of their codeshare partnership, allowing passengers to travel to more destinations in Malaysia, Qatar, Indonesia, Australia and the United States of America. Sale and travel under the expanded agreement commenced on September 18, 2018.

Under the new codeshare agreement, Qatar Airways code will be placed on 19 of Malaysia Airlines flights. Qatar Airways customers can now fly seamlessly on one booking reference to new Malaysian cities such as Kuantan, Kota Bharu, Miri and 10 other domestic cities in Malaysia. Besides seamless connectivity, passengers will also benefit from through baggage check-in and other benefits such as frequent flier miles accrual.

Malaysia Airlines passengers can also take advantage of Qatar Airways presence in the Americas, with the new codeshare extending to cities such as New York City, Miami, and Boston among others. Malaysia Airlines will place its MH code on 10 new destinations served by Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways currently offers a triple-daily direct service to Kuala Lumpur and a nonstop four-times-weekly flight to Penang.

The national carrier of the State of Qatar, Qatar Airways is one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines. Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 150 destinations worldwide. Earlier this year, Qatar Airways revealed a host of forthcoming global destinations in line with its expedited expansion plans, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam and Mombasa, Kenya.

Top Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-8H6 WL 9M-MXP (msn 40153) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 943657.

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Qatar Airways sustains strong EBITDAR supported by capacity growth despite the illegal blockade by its neighboring countries

Qatar Airways has made this announcement:

Following the most challenging year in its 20-year history, Qatar Airways has published its annual report for 2017/18, which demonstrates the airline’s strength and resilience in the face of adversity. Overall revenue and other operating income grew 7.22 per cent annually compared to capacity (Available Seat Kilometres) growth of 9.96 per cent. Lower revenue growth was directly attributable to the illegal blockade since 5 June 2017, which impacted departing seats by 19 per cent. Cargo revenue witnessed very impressive growth of 34.40 per cent against cargo capacity (Available Tonne Kilometres) growing 13.95 per cent annually.

The Group generated EBITDAR Margin of 23.0 per cent at QAR 9.714 billion. EBITDAR was lower than the previous year by QAR 1.759 billion due to longer flying time resulting from the illegal blockade and loss of departing seats from the blockading countries.

Replacing 18 mature routes, which were closed due to the illegal blockade, the airline opened 14 new destinations during the fiscal year (24 new destinations to date). New destinations come with launch costs and the necessity to establish market presence, which resulted in an overall net loss of QAR 252 million. With a positive operating cash inflow, the cash position of the Group remained strong at QAR 13.312 billion.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “This turbulent year has inevitably had an impact on our financial results, which reflect the negative effect the illegal blockade has had on our airline. However, I am pleased to say that thanks to our robust business planning, swift actions in the face of the crisis, our passenger-focused solutions and dedicated staff, the impact has been minimised – and has certainly not been as negative as our neighbouring countries may have hoped for.”

A strategic and rapid response from the airline when neighboring countries illegally blocked Qatar’s airspace on June 5, 2017 put Qatar Airways in a position of strength from which to recover from the unprecedented attack on the country’s sovereignty. Within 10 weeks new destinations to Sohar, Prague and Kyiv were announced and launched, while other routes saw an increase in frequency and capacity, thus swiftly redeploying capacity with a view to soften the impact of being illegally blockaded from 18 regional gateways.

The airline has launched 24 new destinations in total since the start of the blockade, further expanding its network of more than 150 exciting gateways around the world and continuing its ambitious growth plans in Europe and Asia.

Against this backdrop of regional political tension, just six weeks after the start of the blockade, Qatar Airways proved to the world that its neighbours had failed to reach their objective in reducing the airline to collapse by instead winning the coveted title of ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’ for the fourth time in less than 10 years. The airline also took home awards for ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’.

Throughout this turbulent year, Qatar Airways has not wavered from its strategy and vision of constant growth and development to give its loyal passengers the best possible on-board experience every time they travel. As the first airline in the world to take delivery of the Airbus A350-1000 in February 2018, Qatar Airways proved once again that it leads where other airlines follow in terms of providing passengers with the latest generation aircraft available in the skies. As well as taking delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000, the airline added 20 other aircraft to the fleet throughout the financial year, increasing the total number to 213 (as of March 31, 2018).

During the financial year, Qatar Airways Group also continued apace with the expansion of its investment portfolio to include an initial 9.94 per cent stake in Cathay Pacific, which has since increased to 9.99 per cent, as well as a 49 per cent share of AQA Holding, the parent company of Meridiana fly, which was relaunched as Air Italy in February 2018.

With its “business as usual” approach to the blockade, the airline also continued to invest in sports sponsorships, which it sees as the ideal platform for bringing people together from all corners of the globe. Qatar Airways Group’s sponsorship with FIFA remains the core of its sponsorship portfolio, and is complemented by the addition of sports partnerships with Bayern München AG, AS Roma and Boca Juniors. These sponsorships further enhance the airline’s commitment to leveraging sports as a means to connecting with passengers across its global network.

Please find below the Qatar Airways Consolidated Financial Statement:

Qatar Airways Consolidated Financial Statement 2018

Please find below the 2018 fiscal year annual report:

Qatar Airways Group Annual Report Fiscal 2018

Qatar Airways launches a second destination in Kenya with new flights to Mombasa

Qatar Airways Airbus A320-232 A7-AHE (msn 4479) DXB (Paul Denton). Image: 911707.

Qatar Airways has announced that it will launch nonstop flights to Kenya’s second city, Mombasa, opening up the country’s beautiful coasts to international holiday-makers. The new four-times weekly service will be Qatar Airways’ second Kenyan destination, in addition to existing flights to Nairobi.

The new four-times weekly flights between Doha and Mombasa (MBA) will be operated with an Airbus A320, with 12 Business Class seats and 120 Economy Class seats, from December 11, 2018, with a flight time of just over six hours.

Qatar Airways first started flying to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi in November 2005.

As part of its continued expansion plans, Qatar Airways plans a host of other exciting new destinations throughout 2018/19, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; Tallinn, Estonia and Valletta, Malta, to name just a few.

Flight Schedule:

Doha – Mombasa 

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday:

Doha (DOH) to Mombasa (MBA) QR1333 departs 02:30 arrives 08:40

Mombasa (MBA) to Doha (DOH) QR1334 departs 16:50 arrives 23:30

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Qatar): Qatar Airways Airbus A320-232 A7-AHE (msn 4479) DXB (Paul Denton). Image: 911707.

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Qatar Airways to bring the Airbus A350-1000 and Qsuite to Singapore and Tokyo Haneda

Qatar Airways' first Airbus A350-1000, delivered on February 20, 2018

Qatar Airways has announced the new Airbus A350-1000 – equipped with the airline’s luxurious, award-winning Qsuite will be available on flights from Doha (below) to and from Singapore’s Changi Airport from  November 1, 2018. The aircraft will also be introduced daily to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport from  January 1, 2019.

The two cities will be the first of Qatar Airways’ growing Far East network to welcome the ultramodern A350-1000 equipped with Qsuite.

Two of Singapore’s triple-daily A350-900 services will gradually transition to the A350-1000 starting from 1 November 2018. The route is expected to be served entirely with the A350-1000 by April 2019.

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-fibre 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.

Business Class passengers will be treated to the Qsuite experience, featuring the industry’s first-ever double-bed in business class. Sliding panels allow passengers in adjoining seats to transform their space into private cabins so business colleagues, families and friends can work, socialise and dine together during the flight. These revolutionary features led Qatar Airways to win the ‘Best Business Class Seat’ and ‘Best Business Class’ awards at the 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its hub, HIA, to more than 150 destinations worldwide. Earlier this year, Qatar Airways revealed a host of forthcoming global destinations in line with its expedited expansion plan, including Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Langkawi, Malaysia and Da Nang, Vietnam.

Daily Flight Schedule for A350-1000 aircraft equipped with Qsuite:

Singapore flight schedule

Doha to Singapore QR944 departs 08:15 arrives 21:15 (from November 1, 2018)

Singapore to Doha QR945 departs 02:00 arrives 05:35 (from November 2, 2018)

Doha to Singapore QR946 departs 01:55 arrives 14:55 (from December 1, 2018)

Singapore to Doha QR947 departs 20:45 arrives 00:20 (+1) (from December 1, 2018)

Haneda A350-1000 flight schedule (from 1 January 2019)

Doha to Haneda QR 812 departs 07:05 arrives 22:30

Haneda to Doha QR 813 departs 23:50 arrives 06:30 (+1)

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Qatar Airways): Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1041 A7-ANA (msn 088) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 943187.

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Qatar Airways welcomes its 100th Boeing aircraft and 70th 777

Qatar Airways made this announcement:

It’s been a wonderful journey with a successful partner, and we are looking for many more to come; for more miles to fly, and more places to go. We welcomed our 100th Boeing aircraft at our state of the art hub in Doha.

In other news, Qatar Airways has announced that it is the Prestige Partner and Official Airline of the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, taking place in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, from August 18 until September 2, 2018. The highly-anticipated sporting event will bring athletes from 45 participating nations to Jakarta and Palembang to compete for the coveted prizes.

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