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Qatar Airways Starts Flying A380 To Sydney Due To Increase In Passenger Demand

Sydney has become Qatar Airways’ first destination in Australia to be served by the super-jumbo A380 aircraft, just six months after it joined the carrier’s global network. Following the route’s inauguration with the Boeing 777-300 on 1 March 2016, Qatar Airways has seen a steady growth in demand for its service on the route. The 517-seater A380 aircraft increases Qatar Airways&...

Qatar becomes first carrier to implement IATA’s Cargo-XML

Qatar Airways Cargo has become the first carrier to fully adopt, implement and integrate the next generation messaging standard, Cargo-XML in its cargo management system – CROAMIS. The Cargo-XML messaging is an initiative mandated by International Air Transport Association (IATA) as a preferred standard for electronic communication between airlines and shippers, freight forwarders, ground...

Qatar CEO close to Boeing orders as he voices frustration with Airbus

Qatar Airways is believed to be moving closer to ordering Boeing 737Maz aircraft as its CEO, Akbar Al Baker becomes increasingly frustrated with European manufacturer. Airbus over delays on two key programmes. This week he cancelled two more of the A320neos - part of a deal for 80 jets which Al Baker previously warned could be in jeopardy due to engine cooling issues, while deferring delive...

New passenger fee added at Qatar's international airport

Qatar's main Hamad International Airport is adding a $10 fee for all passengers departing from the airport, including on connection flights. The decision, announced on Sunday, comes after the Middle East's busiest airport in Dubai and a smaller one in the nearby emirate of Sharjah also added similar fees earlier this year. The measure helps boost revenue in Gulf countries followi...

Qatar Investment Authority takes stake in St Petersburg airport operator

Germany’s Fraport is selling a stake in the operator of the St Petersburg airport, which is ailing from low traveller numbers due to the weakness of the Russian rouble, to the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). The deal, from which Fraport expects to generate a gain of €30 million (Dh123.1m) to €40m, will help to offset weakening revenues at hubs such as Frankfurt and Antalya and...

Qatar Airways Cargo Begins New Freighter Routes

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, launches new freighter services to New York (JFK) and Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), adding to its rapidly growing network of 54 dedicated cargo routes. Services to New York and Halifax are scheduled with a frequency of one flight per week every Wednesday from Luxembourg, its new European hub, operated with a...

Qatar Executive becomes the largest dedicated G650 operator in the world

Qatar Airways and Gulfstream Aerospace Corp announced a new order for three new G650ERs on the opening day of the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow, UK. The order adds to the three G650ER aircraft already in service and available for charter with Qatar Executive and is part of a 30-aircraft sales agreement announced in May 2015 between the two companies. This order makes Qatar Executive the l...

Qatar Airways Cargo Reveals Strategy To Become A Major Player

Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann made several important announcements at a press conference attended by both Chinese and international industry media on the opening day of Air Cargo China 2016 in Shanghai. Mr. Ogiermann revealed that the world’s third largest international cargo carrier plans to become a major player in three new markets: Transpacific, Australia and...

Qatar signs deal for 24 AH-64E Apaches

Boeing and the US government have signed a contract for the provision of 24 AH-64E Apache rotorcraft to Qatar. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress in 2014 that an authorisation had been granted to provide 24 of the type to Qatar, and a $667 million contract was signed on 7 June. In addition to the aircraft, one Longbow radar crew trainer will also be provided, plus grou...

Qatar Airways Lands In Atlanta

Recently, Qatar Airways launched its long-awaited, first commercial flight to Atlanta, as the airline commenced daily, non-stop service between Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) and Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha. Skytrax’s reigning “Airline of the Year” marked the occasion by operating the inaugural flights with one of the airline’s super jumbo Airb...

Qatar Executive Adds Second ACJ319

Qatar Executive, the business jet arm of Qatar Airways, has added a second Airbus ACJ319 to its fleet, bringing the number of such aircraft it manages to two. “In total we have now two 40-seat A319 aircraft ready for charter for worldwide travel, and we expect to receive a significant amount of bookings, not just for the busy summer season but, starting in June, d...

Building Qatar Airways’ 50th Boeing 777 – in pictures

Qatar Airways received its 50th Boeing 777 recently, taking the total count of aircraft in operation to more than 180 single aisle and widebody aircraft. More than 35 per cent of the airline’s route network is operated with a Boeing 777. When Qatar Airways’ first Boeing 777 order was made in 2006, the airline’s network reached just over 50 destinations. Now a decade later,...