10 MARCH 2014

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Article from BTNews 10 MARCH 2014

Qatar Airways update

Following non-mention of either the A380, or the new Hamad International Airport, during the A350’s visit to Doha on its way the Singapore International Air Show more news has emerged.

On 1-3 June Doha and Qatar Airways hosts the IATA AGM.  It is very likely that a ‘soft opening’ will take place either during those few days, or just prior.  In recent years new airport and terminal introduction (let alone completions) have been fraught with problems, Heathrow T5 and Madrid T2 being examples.  A slow transfer of service is clearly better for allowing systems to bed in and giving staff the maximum time to learn new procedures and learn typically passenger routings.

On 14-20 July the Farnborough International Air Show takes place, a traditional highlight for the airline.  It is likely that Qatar Airways will have on display fully fitted and in the carrier’s paint scheme an Airbus A380, Airbus A350 XWB, Airbus A320, and a Boeing 787.  This will be the largest single gathering by any airline at a major international air show ever.

Qatar should have by now put into service an A380.  This is now being co-ordinated with the airport opening with the first aircraft not on line until April at the earliest, with two more following quickly.  www.qatarairways.com

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