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Boeing, Qatar Airways announce new commitment for five 777 freighters

Qatar Airways, one of the world’s leading air cargo carriers, announced a commitment today to purchase five additional 777 Freighters from Boeing [NYSE: BA]. The deal, valued at $1.8 billion at list prices, was unveiled at the Paris Air Show and signed in the presence of His Excellency Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, Qatari Minister of Transport and Communications.

When the purchase is finalized, it will be posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.

Qatar Airways has rapidly grown its air cargo operations to serve more than 60 global destinations, becoming one of the top international air freight operators in the world. The latest freighter deal builds on the airline’s 777 Freighter order book as the airplane has become the backbone of Qatar Airways freighter fleet. It currently operates 23 freighters, including 16 Boeing 777 Freighters.

Image: Boeing.

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Qatar Airways touches down in Malta

Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight from Doha to Malta landed at Malta International Airport on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, marking the launch of the airline’s newest gateway to Europe.

Operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, flight QR383 was welcomed with a celebratory water cannon salute upon arrival at the historic Mediterranean island’s international airport. This was followed by a welcome ceremony attended by the Charges d’Affaires of the State of Qatar to Malta, Mr. Abdulla Khalid A A Al-Derham; Malta’s Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Dr. Konrad Mizzi; and Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Europe, Mr. Sylvain Bosc.

The new direct services to Malta will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class. As well as enjoying the award-winning in-flight service on board, passengers travelling to Malta will also have access to Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system, offering the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more.

Malta is the third new destination to be introduced by the airline this summer following the launch of flights to Izmir, Turkey, and Rabat, Morocco, in May; with Davao, the Philippines, and Lisbon, Portugal, joining the network later in June; followed by Mogadishu, Somalia, on 1 July; and Langkawi, Malaysia, on 15 October.

Current Flight Schedule:

Doha (DOH) to Malta (MLA) QR381 departs 01:25 arrives 06:45 (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Malta (MLA) to Doha (DOH) QR382 departs 09:20 arrives 15:55 (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)

Doha (DOH) to Malta (MLA) QR383 departs 08:05 arrives 13:25 (Tues, Thurs, Sat)
Malta (MLA) to Doha (DOH) QR384 departs 17:45 arrives 00:20 +1 (Tues, Thurs, Sat)

Qatar Airways brings the Airbus A350-1000 to both Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1041 A7-ANF (msn 161) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 946625.

Qatar Airways has made this announcement:

Qatar Airways most technologically advanced passenger aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000, is now available on flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

The A350-1000, equipped with the airline’s luxurious Business Class seat Qsuite, currently operates commercial flights on its New York-Doha route.

One of the latest additions to the Airbus family of twin-aisle, wide-body 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. The A350-1000 is seven meters longer than the A350 XWB and offers 28 per cent more capacity in the Premium class cabin.

The aircraft also features the airline’s groundbreaking Qsuite seat, which offers passengers a First Class experience in the Business Class cabin. Qsuite 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 space, offering an unmatched, customizable experience for international travel.

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

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1041 A7-ANF (msn 161) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 946625.

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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.