Qatar Airways announces new Edinburgh-Doha route

Qatar Airways (QA) is set to commence operations between Edinburgh and the Middle Eastern hub, Doha, from May 28, 2014.

The Middle Eastern carrier, Skytrax Airline of the Year in 2011 and 2012, will fly Scotland’s first scheduled 787 Dreamliner five times per week from Scotland’s capital, linking the country with over 120 destinations worldwide.

A direct connection to Doha is expected to strengthen Edinburgh’s links to Asia, enabling vital trade routes and tourism. The connections to popular Australian hubs in Perth and Melbourne will also help Scots to travel between the two continents to go on holiday or to visit friends and relatives.

Supported by Team Scotland – the collaboration between VisitScotland, Transport Scotland and Scottish Enterprise – the new route is expected to attract millions of visitors wishing to take part in the Year of Homecoming celebrations and well as other programmes of events in Scotland.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: ‘Direct services make Scotland a more attractive destination for both tourists and businesses by removing the need for extra connecting flights. This not only helps the economy by boosting tourism, but also encourages overseas trade and investment.

‘The eyes of the world will turn to Scotland in 2014 with a programme of events that includes the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and a second Year of Homecoming and we are keen to share these exciting times with our friends around the world.’

Edinburgh Airport Chief Executive Gordon Dewar said: ‘We’ve been promising our friends and partners across the city and the country a Middle Eastern route for a number of years now. I am ecstatic to be sharing this news today and would like to thank all for their patience and support.

‘Aviation is a team game and we would not have been able to secure this route without the support and hard work of Team Scotland.

‘We rebranded our airport for a reason. We wanted to reflect our ambition and raise our aspirations. We can now say with growing confidence that Edinburgh is where Scotland meets the world.’

British Airways, Qatar Airways partner on frequent flyer programme

British Airways, the largest international carrier in the UK, and Qatar Airways, a Middle East leading airline, have entered into a partnership for the airlines’ frequent flyer programmes.

British Airways Executive Club members and Qatar Airways Privilege Club members will now be able to earn miles, and can begin redeeming miles as of October 1, 2013 on each other’s flights.

Effective from September 2, 2013, members of British Airways Executive Club can collect Avios while flying on Qatar Airways, which has a large network across the Middle East and beyond. Qatar Airways was named as Skytrax’s Best Middle East Airline for seven years running and has been awarded Skytrax’s Five Star ranking since 2004. Qatar Airways will also become a full member of oneworld with effect from October 302013, adding one of the world’s fastest growing and most highly rated airlines to the airline alliance.

‘The benefit partnering with British Airways brings to our customers is the added opportunity to earn Qmiles,’ said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways chief executive officer. Privilege Club members may redeem their Qmiles for award tickets, excess baggage or merchandise through Qatar Duty Free or Oryx Galleria in Doha.

‘This Frequent Flyer Programme partnership also gives British Airways customers an opportunity to attain credit for destinations throughout the entire Qatar Airways network,’ said Al Baker, adding: ‘Passengers of both airlines traveling to and from the UK, Africa, Australia and Asia now have more flexibility and frequency when they route trip through Doha as Qatar Airways flies five flights daily to London Heathrow Airport.’

Qatar Airways Privilege Club offers members several ways to redeem Qmiles. With flight awards to over 300 destinations served by Qatar Airways and its airline partners, passengers can also use Qmiles for shopping at Qatar Duty Free located at the departures, arrivals and the Premium Terminal of Doha International Airport and Oryx Galleria, Doha, Qatar.

British Airways Executive Club members can collect ‘Avios’ when booking flights or shopping with the airline’s partners. Avios can be used for flights, hotels and ‘members only’ special offers and promotions.

Dreamliner’s Heathrow return

Boeing’s battle against the problems that have afflicted its 787 Dreamliner aircraft has taken another step forward today with the arrival of the first scheduled flight into London Heathrow airport since the plane was grounded, worldwide, in January.

Doha-based carrier Qatar Airways has virtually repeated its achievement of being the first air carrier to bring the Dreamliner to Heathrow when it was first launched back in December, by being the first to fly it back into the UK’s busiest airport now that safety concerns have been addressed.

The aircraft suffered its international grounding approximately five months ago, following reports by two Japanese airlines that on board batteries were prone to overheating. A lengthy investigation followed, culminating in a solution being found to the problem that satisfied the world’s aviation authorities. Scheduled flights in other parts of the world have already recommenced.

Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways chief executive, said, ‘The Doha – Heathrow route is one of our most popular international routes, and so I’m thrilled that our Dreamliners are back in the skies, providing our passengers with an unparalleled level of service and comfort to and from the UK.I have always hailed the Dreamliner as the state-of-the-art aircraft destined to change the way people travel. After a setback that not only affected our own worldwide operations, but those of many carriers worldwide, we look forward to now deploying the Dreamliner on other key routes over the coming weeks.’

Delays in deliveries of the new aircraft caused by its technical difficulties mean that Qatar Airways is currently the only airline that will be operating scheduled Dreamliner flights to Heathrow.

Boeing Dreamliner Heathrow flights to be resumed by Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, a United Arab Emirates-based airline company, has announced that it will be resuming services to London Heathrow airport with its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The airline’s service on the London to Doha route is scheduled to recommence from the 15th of this month, after being halted since mid January as part of the worldwide grounding of the 787 Dreamliner, following incidents of the airplane’s on-board battery pack overheating. A solution for the problem has now been accepted by aviation authorities around the world, and with the lifting of the ban on flying, a number of airlines have already undertaken introductory flights. Qatar Airways’ initial flight took place earlier this week between Doha and Dubai.

A full resumption of the daily Doha to Dubai flights is expected, with the service only having operated for approximately one month from its inception in December last year, before being curtailed in January.

Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways chief executive, was one of a number of VIP’s that boarded the airlines reinstated Dreamliner for a flight earlier this week, and he said, ‘I’m thrilled our Dreamliner fleet is back in the skies. I always said I would be the first to fly on Qatar Airways’ 787 once it returned to service. After a setback that affected not only our own worldwide operations but also those of many carriers worldwide, we look forward now to deploying the Dreamliner on other key routes over the coming weeks. We have worked closely with Boeing throughout the grounding to work towards getting our fleet up and running again.

Safety has always been the number one priority and I have full confidence in the safety and security of this aircraft.’

Qatar Airways Announces New Mobile Apps

Qatar Airways, a Qatar based airline company, is offering new smartphone applications for its regular passengers.

The airline has launched a new mobile application for BlackBerry, Android, and iPhone handsets, as well as introducing a new mobile website for its passengers.

The new apps are targeting today’s busy executives and business travellers, as well as leisure travellers who wish to access the latest travel information regarding the airline. The apps offer a search and book function for airline passengers, as well as the latest information on flight status, and travel alerts.

The airline chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said, ‘We are continually looking for ways to bring new and exciting services to our customers.

Mobility is high on the list of our customers to have access to important travel and flight information when and where they want it, so we have now given them a new service that meets that demand. As our customers’ needs evolve, so will the services and products that we offer.’

Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines, operating a current fleet of 119 aircraft to 124 business and leisure destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.

In 2013, the airline plans to offer new services to a number of new routes, including to Phnom Penh, in Cambodia, commencing on February 20, 2013, to Chengdu, in China, commencing on March 19, 2013, to Chicago, in the USA, commencing on April 10, 2013, and to Salalah, in Oman commencing on May 22, 2013.

Qatar Airways to Fly Dreamliner flights to London Heathrow

Qatar Airways, a Qatar based airline company, will be introducing its brand new Dreamliner aircraft on routes between Doha and London from December 13, 2012.

The airline has taken delivery of its initial Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft recently, and is expected to take delivery of around 60 Dreamliners that are on order, over the next few years.

Qatar Airways chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said, ‘We are delighted at last with today’s announcement that in just over two weeks’ time, the UK market will see its first 787 on a regular full commercial service when it flies into London Heathrow.

Inaugurating our 787 on the London Heathrow route puts Qatar Airways firmly on the global aviation map as a carrier with a determination to continue its expansion drive and improve an already superior in-flight product.

Both new and existing customers in the UK and further afield on connecting flights will soon have an opportunity to fly on the most talked-about aircraft in the world in and out of London.

We have already received our second 787 with a further three to join our fleet by the end of the year. And we won’t stop there. With more 787s being inducted into the fleet next year, further route launches and our move to a brand new international airport in Doha during 2013, we continue to look forward to another year of exciting developments.

With our ever-expanding international network, more people from different parts of the world will have an opportunity to fly Qatar Airways and our new 787s to and from our Doha hub.’

The B787 aircraft will operate on flight QR075 from Doha to Heathrow. The new aircraft feature Wi-Fi Internet access, touch screen Android IFE systems, and two-class seating.

Qatar Airways Receives First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft

Qatar Airways, a Qatar based airline company, has taken delivery of its initial Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at Seattle, US, the headquarters of the aircraft manufacturer, Boeing.

The airline has flown the aircraft to Doha, Qatar, where it will be based and will be used to operate on long distance flights. The airline is expected to take delivery of around 60 such Dreamliners on order over the next few years.

The new aircraft is the world’s earliest 787 aircraft offering wireless connectivity facilities for all passengers in both business and economy cabins to remain connected through Wi-Fi and GSM telephony options. The aircraft also provides a fully interactive in-flight entertainment system with around 1,000 video and audio options for passengers.

Qatar Airways chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said, ‘Five years ago, Boeing delivered its first ever aircraft to us, a triple seven. Now, we become the first Middle East customer to take delivery of the 787 Dreamliner.

Boeing has crafted a state-of-the-art aeroplane, designed to be yet another asset to excel our signature Five Star service in the sky to all our passengers across the Middle East and around the world.

Qatar Airways set about a dream to fly our nation’s flag to all corners of the world when we launched operations 15 years ago. We have been the World’s Best Airline for two consecutive years and we are spreading our wings further with the delivery of one of the most advanced aircraft in the world.

Our decision to invest in the 787 that is at the forefront of new aerospace technology represents the future of air travel and reflects our firm belief in its unrivalled capabilities and the value it will add to our fleet and network expansion plans.

Our new 787s provide a game-changing experience with specially designed interiors, spacious cabins and custom-made seats in both Business and Economy Class.

Space, comfort and ensuring our passengers have the best onboard entertainment options are some of the key elements of our new Boeing 787s. Qatar Airways has taken a lot of time and effort in ensuring we are true leaders in the field rather than followers, meticulously working with manufacturers on specific seat design and features.’

Qatar Airline to Utilise Dreamliner on London Heathrow Route

Qatar Airways, a Qatar based airline company, will be putting its initial Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in to service on flights between London Heathrow and Doha from December 2012.

The airline chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, commenting on the announcement, also said that he is in favour of an additional runway at London Heathrow airport.

He said, ‘Heathrow is bursting at the seams and has already reached a critical point.

Already heading towards a double dip recession, the UK cannot afford to lose out on the huge benefits a third runway would bring to the economy in south east England and the country as a whole through the creation of more jobs and more business opportunities.

No capacity increase will inevitably lead to further economic hardship with job losses and businesses closing down.

Heathrow is already losing out to European neighbouring hubs that have the resource to expand capacity.

Measures to expand need to be taken soon to avoid a catastrophic situation in the future. The UK government cannot afford to immerse itself in long-winded debate and public enquiries. Action needs to be taken.’

The airline is to introduce its Boeing Dreamliner aircraft on its Heathrow to Doha services, as part of its expanded services from London.

Said Baker, ‘With our Boeing 787 Dreamliner entering London Heathrow as our first long-haul route with this aircraft in a few weeks’ time, this demonstrates the level of confidence we have in our UK operations. The government needs to understand the importance of allowing airlines to expand and keep them at Heathrow otherwise there is a risk carriers will move away.’

Qatar Airways to Offer Services from Birmingham UK

Qatar Airways, a Qatar based airline company, is currently planning to operate new scheduled flights from Birmingham Airport in the UK.

The new destination will be its third in the UK, and it will serve the Midland’s area. It follows London Heathrow Airport, which serves the capital and the southeast, and Manchester Airport, which serves the north of the country.

The airline, which has recently completed its feasibility studies on two more UK airports, is yet to announce details of the specific proposed locations.

In a statement the airline said, ‘Qatar Airways is committed to the UK market, where we currently operate 45 non-stop flights each week between the UK and the State of Qatar.

The UK represents the largest single European market for Qatar Airways with the high level of frequencies we operate. Naturally, as part of our growth plans, we are considering opening up new UK gateways to offer customers more choice.

We can confirm we are planning to launch passenger flights to Birmingham, but are not yet in a position to announce a date nor schedules. As for the other two UK airports we are interested in, we cannot comment further on these as we are currently in the process of carrying out feasibility studies.’

The airline currently offers five daily services from Heathrow Airport and 10 flights a week from Manchester Airport. The airline is planning to offer its services using its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft from September 2012, on the Heathrow to Doha route.


Qatar Airways Introduces New Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft at Farnborough Air Show

Qatar Airways, a Qatar-based airline, has announced its new acquisition, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, at the international aerospace event, the Farnborough International Air Show, currently being held in Hampshire, UK.

The airline will be taking delivery of five 787 Dreamliner aircraft during 2012, and is taking the opportunity to promote the latest inclusion to its fleet.

The aircraft has also participated in an aerial display for the first time at the show.

The airline chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said, ‘This is a very proud moment for Qatar Airways and my country, the State of Qatar. As an airline, we have continued to push the boundaries and set new standards in global aviation for more than a decade to create a world-class airline.

The delivery of the first of our 787s reinforces our commitment to continue this trend and invest in next generation aircraft, with the aim of having the youngest and most technologically advanced fleet in the industry.

The 787 will create new benchmarks in comfort and space across both our Business and Economy cabins and continue to allow us to offer an unrivalled in-flight experience and unparalleled signature Five Star service onboard to existing passengers and new ones.’

The aircraft has an innovative interior design, with Business Class featuring 22 seats that are fully convertible into flat horizontal beds, and the Economy cabin having 232 seats. In flight amenities include iTouch touch control units, a library of 1,000 movies, programming and audio entertainment options, specially designed culinary offerings, and ample storage space for personal items.