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Qatar Airways to add Kano and Port Harcourt in Nigeria

Qatar Airways has made this announcement:

Qatar Airways is boosting its service to Nigeria with the launch of four weekly flights to Kano (KAN) on March 2, 2022, and three weekly flights to Port Harcourt (PHC) on March 3, 2022, both operating via the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

The airline currently operates two daily flights to Lagos and four times a week to Abuja, which will expand to a daily service in March. Kano and Port Harcourt will become the seventh and eight new African gateways launched by Qatar Airways since the start of the pandemic. Both routes will be served by the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 in Economy Class.

As travel restrictions ease, Qatar Airways is restoring its services to all its African destinations. When Kano and Port Harcourt flights start operating, the airline will provide 188 weekly flights to 28 destinations in Africa. Qatar Airways African customers will also benefit from generous baggage allowances, which provide for up to 46kg in Economy Class split over two pieces and 64kg split over two pieces in Business Class.

Flight schedule (all times local):

Kano (KAN) – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Doha (DOH) to Abuja (ABV) QR1431 departs: 01:45 arrives: 07:20

Abuja (ABV) to Kano (KAN) QR1431 departs: 08:50 arrives: 09:50

Kano (KAN) to Abuja (ABV) QR1432 departs: 18:35 arrives 19:35

Abuja (ABV) to Doha (DOH) QR1432 departs: 21:05 arrives 05:15 (+1)

Port Harcourt (PHC) – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Doha (DOH) to Abuja (ABV) QR1433 departs: 01:45 arrives: 07:20

Abuja (ABV) to Port Harcourt (PHC) QR1433 departs: 08:50 arrives: 10:00

Port Harcourt (PHC) to Abuja (ABV)) QR1434 departs: 18:25 arrives 19:35

Abuja (ABV) to Doha (DOH) QR1434 departs: 21:05 arrives 05:15 (+1)

Qatar Airways takes Airbus to court in London, 21 A350s grounded due to alleged surface degradation

Qatar Airways has issued this statement:

Qatar Airways on December 20 issued legal proceedings against Airbus in the Technology and Construction division of the High Court in London. We have sadly failed in all our attempts to reach a constructive solution with Airbus in relation to the accelerated surface degradation condition adversely impacting the Airbus A350 aircraft. Qatar Airways has therefore been left with no alternative but to seek a rapid resolution of this dispute via the courts.

Qatar Airways currently have 21 A350 aircraft grounded by the condition and the legal proceedings have been commenced to ensure that Airbus will now address our legitimate concerns without further delay. We strongly believe that Airbus must undertake a thorough investigation of this condition to conclusively establish its full root cause. Without a proper understanding of the root cause of the condition, it is not possible for Qatar Airways to establish whether any proposed repair solution will rectify the underlying condition.

Qatar Airways number one priority remains the safety of its passengers and crew.

British Airways and Qatar Airways to extend their Joint Business Partnership

British Airways has made this announcement:

  • Carriers today announce that they have plans to further extend their Joint Business to offer customers a greater choice of destinations and routing options
  • News follows British Airways’ return to Doha, with its first flight from Gatwick since the start of the pandemic
  • This winter, the two airlines are operating up to six daily flights to Doha from London Heathrow and London Gatwick

Today British Airways and Qatar Airways mark the next milestone in their Joint Business Partnership, as they announce their intent to extend their Joint Business.

The news follows British Airways’ relaunch of daily services to Doha, with the airline’s first flight taking off from Gatwick last week, giving customers access to Qatar Airways’ expansive global network with connections from Doha to over 100 destinations across the world.

The flight was operated by a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft featuring three cabins – Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy).

This winter, the airlines will jointly operate up to six daily flights between London and Doha – five from London Heathrow and one from London Gatwick.

Following on from this milestone in their partnership, the two airlines announce that they intend to further expand their joint business and offer customers access to more destinations on their respective networks.

The proposed expansion will give customers enhanced access from Europe to popular destinations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australasia, such as Singapore, Sydney, Colombo and Nairobi. It will also improve access to destinations across Europe such as Amsterdam, Madrid or Dublin.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Expanding our Joint Business with our strategic airline partner, British Airways, is an important milestone in our ambition of providing customers access to the most extensive route network and unrivalled product.”

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The launch of our first flight from Gatwick to Doha was an important milestone in our existing joint business with Qatar Airways. The proposed expansion of the joint business will be great news for customers, offering them access to more destinations across the world with seamless connections. We know customers are always looking for more options to connect onto popular holiday hotspots such as the Maldives and Seychelles, and this expansion will allow them to do just that.”

The airlines expect to receive news of any relevant regulatory approvals of their expanded Joint Business proposition in the first half of 2022.

Qatar Airways Cargo extends its thanks and gratitude, plans for 2022

Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777-FDZ A7-BFG (msn 42299) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 956142.

Qatar Cargo issued this statement:

As 2021 draws to an end, Qatar Airways Cargo looks back on another eventful year. The American author and activist, Sharon Weil sums up the experience of the past 12-19 months best: ‘Navigating change is the new stability’. Qatar Airways Cargo has forged ahead with its strategic focus on growth, sustainability, and digitalization in the face of uncertainty, and we are thankful to also draw our stability from the support our dedicated customers and employees have shown and continue to show on a daily basis. We know that Qatar Airways Cargo would not be able to navigate the many challenges and changes in our industry so successfully without you. For this, we thank you”, Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo of Qatar Airways Cargo, extends his appreciation in a corporate communication.


The year in figures

January to November 2020 saw a tonnage growth of 3.78% in chargeable weight over the same period in 2019 while January to November 2021 saw an even higher growth of 13.42% over the same period last year. Qatar Airways Cargo transported 1,574,705 tonnes between January to November 2021… A significant part of the tonnage continued to be medical equipment, PPE, and critical supplies to combat the pandemic, including free medical aid to India at the height of the crisis there in April and May. So far, more than 500,000 tonnes of medical cargo have flown on board of Qatar Airways Cargo since the start of the pandemic. Among these, 500 million COVID-19 vaccines were transported throughout its network, out of which more than 72 million doses were flown under UNICEF’s COVAX program, Qatar Airways Cargo signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UNICEF in February this year, covering 5 years of vaccine transport support.

Having received CEIV Pharma certification at the end of last year, Qatar Airways Cargo concentrated its efforts in further enhancing its Pharma product and industry presence. In June, it introduced Envirotainer’s Innovative Releye® RLP container, offering customers high-level yet cost-effective, sustainable cargo protection. In July, Qatar Airways Cargo became a member both of Pharma.Aero as well as the Cool Chain Association, in its endeavor to collaborate in defining the highest standards in the shipment of valuable pharma goods and ensuring sustainability in transportation by avoiding integrity deviations leading to medical or food wastage. Qatar Airways Cargo transported close to 72,000,000 kg of pharmaceuticals between 1 January 2021 to 30 November2021 – with a revenue increase of 8%  compared to the previous year During the same period, the airline transported close to 280,000,000 kg of perishables, an increase of 16% in revenue over the previous year.

All other products also saw positive growth in 2021, as the Qatar Airways passenger network began to resume operations once more to previously suspended destinations.

Network and fleet growth

The year began with a world premiere, as Qatar Airways Cargo took delivery of three brand new Boeing 777 freighters on a single day, bringing its total freighter fleet count to 34 freighters: two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 26 Boeing 777 freighters, and six B777-300ER mini freighters.  Services to Saudi Arabia were resumed in January, for the first time since 2017, and Qatar Airways Cargo soon appointed General Sales Agents in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Arab Republic of Egypt. In October, it increased its presence across Central Eastern Europe with the appointment of a new GSSA for Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Qatar Airways Cargo served over 60 freighter destinations in 2021, and together with Qatar Airways’ passenger or bellyhold cargo network of over 140 destinations,, the airline welcomed new destinations to the network this year, Almaty in Kazakhstan and Odesa in Ukraine being  the most recent new destinations launched.

Its solid network and consistent high-level service earned Qatar Airways Cargo three awards –  Cargo Operator of the Year at the ATW Airline Awards, and Cargo Airline of the Year as well as Air Cargo Industry Achievement Award at Air Cargo Week’s World Air Cargo Awards.


Investments in our future

Sustainability comes in many forms. In February, the second chapter of Qatar Airways Cargo’s WeQare sustainability program “Rewild the Planet”, was launched, and in May a moving film tribute depicted the incredible journey of seven rescued lions from the Ukraine to South Africa. Not only is Qatar Airways Cargo currently planning the next complex and emotionally intense “Rewild the Planet” move, but it is also preparing to launch Chapter 3 of WeQare. More details will be disclosed early next year.

In November, Qatar Airways became the first carrier to join the IATA CO2NNECT platform, launching a new voluntary carbon offsetting program for air cargo shipments. The first carbon neutral air cargo shipments were flown in cooperation with Qatar Airways Cargo’s launch customer, Kuehne+Nagel, on November 1, 2021.


Preparing a digital future, today

Qatar Airways Cargo underwent extensive digital enhancement during the year. In January, together with CHAMP Cargosystems and Agility, it completed the first phase of the IATA ONE Record pilot to showcase the initiative’s benefits and feasibility of defining a common API (Application Programming Interface) for all electronic platforms in use along the entire supply chain: This aims to standardise air cargo data exchange protocol for better data quality, control, transparency, and ease of connectivity. In a similar vein, in March, IATA launched its Enhanced Partner Identification and Connectivity (EPIC) platform to support the digitisation of the global air cargo supply chain. Qatar Airways Cargo provided key input during the project’s pilot phase and meanwhile 32 airlines, 94 freight forwarders, and other industry stakeholders have joined the growing community which will eventually bring about total digital transformation of the industry.

Throughout the first half of the year, Qatar Airways Cargo rolled out its capacities on the Freightos WebCargo third party eBooking platform, first across few selected countries in February, then throughout the European region in June, followed by the United States of America. in July, and finally the rest of the world in August, offering customers a real-time pricing and booking platform.Also in February, Qatar Airways Cargo became a premium member of Validaide, enabling its customers to make informed decisions on selecting the optimum routing for their time and temperature sensitive pharma shipments. Later, in August, Qatar Airways Cargo and WiseTech Global implemented a direct data connection to extends CargoWise’s direct airline integrations and improve digital data interaction.


The year ahead

“Digitalization will continue to be a core focus in 2022, since it is a major enabler in ensuring quality, speed, efficiency, excellent customer service, and flight safety. The latter will be further supported by our Unit Load Device (ULD) fleet rollover to Safran’s new, Fire Resistant Containers. We will continue to invest in the quality of our products, in our unrelenting push for highest quality standards in our industry, and will continue to collaborate with our customers, partners, and staff, to deliver true value to the market. For us at Qatar Airways Cargo, it is not enough to be the largest cargo airline; our mission is to be the world’s best cargo airline” Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo of Qatar Airways Cargo, outlines.

Top Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777-FDZ A7-BFG (msn 42299) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 956142.

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Airbus goes legal as Qatar Airways A350 skin flaws escalates

From Reuters:

“Airbus dramatically raised the stakes in a dispute with Qatar Airways over skin flaws on A350 jetliners on Thursday, accusing the Gulf carrier of misrepresenting the problem as a safety issue and calling for independent legal advice.”

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Qatar Airways to launch flights to Tashkent from January 17, 2022

Qatar Airways will add Tashkent, Uzbekistan to its global network with twice weekly flights. The first flight from Doha to Tashkent will take off on January 17, 2022, operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class.

Flight Schedule

Doha – Tashkent (All times in local)

Monday and Friday

Doha (DOH) to Tashkent (TAS)         QR377            Departs: 18:55            Arrives: 00:30 +1

Tuesday and Saturday

Tashkent (TAS) to Doha (DOH)         QR378            Departs: 01:50            Arrives: 04:00

Qatar Airways restricts travel from five southern African countries

Qatar Airways issued this statement:

Due to the recent emergence of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, and with immediate effect, Qatar Airways will no longer be accepting passengers traveling from five Southern African countries in our global network. However, we will continue to accept passengers for travel into these countries in-line with current restrictions.

Passengers who are booked on Qatar Airways flights from seven destinations, Luanda (LAD), Angola; Maputo (MPM), Mozambique; Johannesburg (JNB), Capetown (CPT), Durban (DUR),South Africa; Lusaka (LUN), Zambia; and Harare (HRE), Zimbabwe, will not be accepted for travel until further notice.

These restrictions will remain in place until we receive further guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Qatar Airways touches down in Almaty for the first time, A7-BEB flies over the eight FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadiums in Doha

Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight from Doha to Almaty in Kazakhstan landed at Almaty International Airport on Friday, November 19, 2021 (above), marking the launch of the airline’s newest gateway in Central Asia.

The new direct services to Almaty will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft.

In other news, Qatar Airways, Official Airline of FIFA, delivered a special fly-by above all eight FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadiums with the iconic Winner’s Trophy and a special FIFA legend on board, as part of day-long festivities to mark one year until the much-awaited tournament.

The special Boeing 777-300 aircraft (A7-BEB) (below), painted with bespoke FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ livery took center stage, carrying the Winner’s Trophy. Cafu, one of the most-capped players in Brazil’s history, a FIFA World Cup™ winner in 1994 and 2002 and a Qatar Legacy Ambassador was there to witness the fly-by and share the excitement of countdown to the iconic event.


First in "FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022" markings

Above Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Boeing 777-3DZ ER A7-BEB (msn 43215) (FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022) MST (Rainer Bexten). Image: 952060.

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Qatar Airways welcomes first Boeing 777-9 aircraft to Doha

Qatar Airways on November 17 showcased its role as a global launch customer for the latest generation Boeing 777-9 aircraft after welcoming the ultra-modern, fuel efficient jet to Doha International Airport (DIA).

A host of VIP guests joined Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, to share in the arrival of the aircraft, which will remain in Qatar before returning to Seattle’s Boeing Field to continue its rigorous test program.

The aircraft, which is anticipated to join the award-winning airline’s fleet in the near future, will be the world’s largest and most efficient twin-engine jet, delivering 20 percent lower fuel consumption and emissions than previous generation aircraft. Key technologies enabling this efficiency are its new carbon-fibre composite wing, new engines and natural laminar flow nacelles.


Qatar Airways and China Southern expand their codeshare agreement

Qatar Airways and China Southern Airlines has signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) confirming a significant expansion of the existing codeshare agreement, and outlining greater benefits and more seamless connections between the two partners.

The comprehensive MoU signed by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, and China Southern Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Han Wensheng, builds upon the existing codeshare agreement signed by the airlines in December 2019.

As part of the collaboration, all future flights between China and Qatar will be codeshared, allowing passengers to benefit from seamless connecting flights. The closer cooperation will also provide greater customer benefits, including increased joint lounge access and a soon-to-be confirmed enhanced frequent flyer agreement. In addition, the two airlines agreed to support the growth of Beijing’s Daxing International Airport, into a leading international aviation hub for both passenger and cargo services.

The expanded codeshare agreement is the latest development in Qatar Airways program of strengthening strategic cooperation between key global airlines, which has already seen partnerships with American Airlines, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, Oman Air and RwandaAir in recent months.

The enhanced cooperation between Qatar Airways and China Southern Airlines is subject to the lifting of current travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and regulatory approvals.

The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 140 destinations. With more frequencies being added to key hubs, Qatar Airways offers unrivaled connectivity to passengers, making it easy for them to change their travel dates or destination as required.