Readers are invited to add their comments to any story. Click on the article to see and add.


BTN also goes out by email every Sunday night at midnight (UK time). To view this edition click here.


Email this Page

The Business Travel News
PO Box 758
Edgware HA8 4QF
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 8952 8383
© 2019 Business Travel News Ltd.

Article from BTNews 24 SEPTEMBER 2012

Doha Airport and Qatar Airways

New Doha International Airport, which was due to open 12/12/12, now has a target date of June 2013 according to reports from the Gulf state.  This follows the dismissal of Lindner Depa, an interior fitting joint venture between Dubai-based Depa and Germany's Lindner.

Akbar Al Baker, who is chief of both the airport and Qatar Airways, is well known for his attention to detail and this is also reflected in the late delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787.

Speaking to AMEInfo, the weekly Gulf region business publication, he said that the carrier is in a spat with Boeing over the quality of the cabins in its new 787 Dreamliner.  "We have a steady stream of 777 deliveries, but we have a problem with the 787.  The problem is both technical and (with) the quality of the cabin.  Qatar Airways is very meticulous about our cabins and we will not take a cabin even if there is just a scratch”.

Asked what has changed since the aircraft was displayed at the Farnborough Air Show, Al Baker explained that the aircraft was not complete.  “There were systems that were not ready”, he said.  www.ndiaproject.com

Index/Home page

OUR READERS' FINEST WORDS (All times and dates are GMT)

All comments are filtered to exclude any excesses but the Editor does not have to agree with what is being said. 100 words maximum

No one has commented yet, why don't you start the ball rolling?

Add your comment

First Name
Email Address
Company (Not obligatory)
- You must be a registered subscriber using the email address entered to submit a comment, or you will be sent a confirmation email before your comment will appear.
- Your comment will be checked before appearing, which may take several working hours.