Tag Archives: Qatar Airways

American Airlines and Qatar Airways end their feud, sign code-share agreement

Qatar Airways and American Airlines Sign Strategic Partnership Deal and Codeshare Agreement

American Airlines had a code-share agreement with Qatar Airways which it terminated in 2017 claiming unfair government subsidies to the Gulf carrier Both airlines are members of the oneworld alliance Both airlines remain tight-lipped on what developments caused the rapprochement oneworld alliance members American Airlines and Qatar Airways appear to have buried the hatchet and put aside their disputes to …

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Air Italy to suspend operations on 25th February, to be liquidated

The announcement by the owners of Air Italy that it will suspend operations on 25th February brought to an end the short-lived resurrection of the airline that was founded in 1963 and flew by the names of Meridiana, Meridiana Fly and Air Italy under various ownership structures over the years. Qatar Airways, which picked up a 49% stake in the …

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PARIS 2019: Boeing gets 777F orders from China Airlines and Qatar

Boeing has announced two orders for 777 freighters at the Paris Air Show today. The first came from China Airlines in the form of six 777 Freighters. China Airlines will use the 777F to replace their existing 747 Freighters and to operate between their base in Taipei to North America and Europe. Hsieh Su-Chien, Chairman, China Airlines “Air cargo is …

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Lounge Review: Qatar Airways Lounge Terminal 4 London Heathrow

Qatar Airways Lounge at Terminal 4, London Heathrow.

Despite having flown Qatar multiple times out of the EU before, this was the first time I was flying them directly out of London. My original itinerary had be taking a mid day flight to be followed by a stopover in Doha. Unfortunately the night before, I had to make a last minute change to get back to Bangalore a …

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Air Italy delays and scales down India launch

Air Italy is an Italian airline in which Qatar airways has a major stake. Qatar bought a 49% stake in the airline which was formerly Meridiana and rebranded it earlier this year. The middle eastern carrier intendeds to use Air Italy to bolster it’s operations to the US and in Europe. The airline is also undergoing a rapid expansion of …

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Qatar Airways upgrades first and business class on-board dining

Qatar Airways upgrades first and business class on-board dining

Oneworld member, Qatar Airways is upgrading its on-board dining for its business and first class passengers, initially on its European routes. The new concepts include newly-designed tableware, in-flight dining menus, cutlery and china. I am impressed that Qatar will place mini condiment grinders for fresh ground black pepper and Himalayan pink salt on the passengers’ tables. The airline has increased …

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Qatar invests in private jet company JetSuite

JetSuite Phenom 100. JetSuite Image.

Middle eastern carrier Qatar Airways has announced an investment for a minority stake American private aviation company JetSuite and indirectly into JetSuite X the companies scheduled regional service. Qatar is the second airline to invest in the company after JetBlue. Qatar has been investing in foreign airlines over the past few years, they have a 20% stake in IAG (British …

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Airbus delivers first A350-1000 to Qatar Airways

Middle eastern carrier Qatar airways has taken delivery of it’s first Airbus A350-1000. The airline which was the launch customer of the A350 is also the first to operate the new type. The aircraft’s first flight will be to London Heathrow this weekend. The -1000’s will soon be deployed to the US east coast. The aircraft MSN 88 will be …

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To attract buyers Government allows 49% foreign investment in Air India

The Air India ramp at Mumbai CSMI Airport. Photo by and copyright Devesh Agarwal.

In a bid to attract more bids, the Union Cabinet of the Government of India, has allowed up to 49% Foreign Direct Investment in the national carrier Air India which is up for disinvestment. In a release the Government said “It has now been decided to do away with this restriction and allow foreign airlines to invest up to 49% …

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Inflight Review: Qatar Airways: Business: 777-300ER: Doha – Bangalore

Qatar Airways A7-BAC Boeing 777-300ER.

After getting off my last flight from Dallas (Read the review here.), I quickly went through security at Doha and headed to the Al Mourjan Business Lounge. I’ve written about this lounge before so I will not write about it again. I left the lounge late since I was stuck on a call over the lounge wi-fi and didn’t want …

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Analysis: Qatar buys 9.61% of Cathay Pacific for $662 million for China foothold

After being rebuffed in its attempt to buy a stake in US carrier and fellow oneworld member, American Airlines Group, national carrier Qatar Airways Q.C.S.C. has bought a 9.61% stake in another fellow oneworld carrier Cathay Pacific Airways Limited. Qatar Airways bought 378,188,000 shares of Cathay Pacific from Kingboard Chemical Holdings and its allied companies for HK$5.2 billion (approximately US$662 …

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Qatar Airways and Vistara sign interline agreement

Qatar Airways A7-BAC Boeing 777-300ER.

Flag carrier Qatar Airways entered into a new interline partnership with the Tata-Singapore Airlines Vistara effective today. The agreement allows passengers of each airline to travel seamlessly under a single ticket on the other’s network via Indian gateways where both airlines operate to. The baggage allowances of the passengers will be as per the issuing airline’s rules. Qatar Airways operates …

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Qatar Airways: Operations largely unaffected by middle east ban

Qatar Airways A7-BAC Boeing 777-300ER.

Middle eastern carrier Qatar Airways has stated that operations out of it’s Doha hub are largely unaffected by the gulf ban with the vast majority of flights operating as scheduled. The airline has flown approximately 1,200 flights between Doha and its network in the past week and has said that 90 per cent of those flights departed within 15 minutes …

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Emirates, flydubai, Etihad suspend Doha flights amidst middle-east diplomatic row

Gulf area map courtesy NOAA.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have severed diplomatic relations with the tiny peninsular state of Qatar claiming the latter’s support of terrorism. The four nations have cut all land, sea and air contacts too. Qatar, which boasts the highest per capita income in the world, shares its sole land border with Saudi Arabia which …

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US bans electronic devices on flights from Middle East and North Africa

Citing potential security threats and extremists seeking “innovative methods” to bring down flights, the United States has indefinitely banned virtually every electronic device from the cabin baggage of passengers flying on nine middle-eastern and north-African airlines or from 10 airports in the region, destined to the US. Domestic flights within, and international flights from, the US are exempt from these …

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Qatar Airways A320neos diverted to IndiGo

Indigo Airbus A320neo VT-ITK. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

It appears the Airbus A320neos ordered by original launch customer Qatar Airways, are getting diverted to the world’s largest A320neo operator, currently, India’s Indigo. The Gulf carrier had ordered 34 A320neos powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW100G Geared Turbo-Fan (GTF) engine, and was slated to be the launch customer. However the airline started cancelling airframes in their dispute with …

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