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A Qatar Airways Airbus A380. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Opinion: Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club Has A Lot of Potential

As the pandemic hopefully turns a corner, it is time for airlines to really get back to competing with each other. One place they’re going to have to do that is with loyalty programs, which are and will continue to be useful tools to drive repeat customers and build brand loyalty. AirlineGeeks recently had the opportunity to pick the brains of the folks at Qatar Airways and understand their plan to Privilege Club, their frequent flyer program, to provide greater…

Qatar Airways Backtracks on A380 Withdrawal, Cites A350 Issues

Qatar Airways has revealed that it will return at least five Airbus A380s to service from this November, a complete U-turn on the company's decision to permanently withdraw the fleet due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker informed Executive Traveller of the decision…

Qatar Airways Enhances Africa Presence With Two New Destinations

Qatar Airways is continuing to press its commitment to serving the African market as it announced on Sunday the launch of flights to two new destinations via a flight from its superhub in Doha to Lusaka, Zambia and onwards to neighbouring Harare, Zimbabwe. The airline has significantly grown its Africa…

Saudi Arabia Plans To Develop New Megacarrier

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been embarking on a modernization process that is aimed at upgrading all the infrastructure in the country to attract tourism and trade flows and develop local businesses. The country has recently introduced a new visa-free system to facilitate the influx of foreign visitors and…

Update: Qatar Denies Fifth Freedom Mexico City Routes

As international traffic is starting to show signs of a yet-sluggish recovery, airlines are doing their best to take advantage of opportunities available in the marketplace after the COVID-19 pandemic has produced a shake-up like never seen before in the airline industry. One of these companies is Qatar Airways, the…

Qatar Airways Stops A350 Deliveries After Surface Paint Issues

Qatar Airways has temporarily halted deliveries of the Airbus A350 aircraft, a result of the airline's disapproval of the paint finish on the aircraft, whereby the surfaces below the paint have been deteriorating at an alarming rate. "Qatar Airways continues to experience and has witnessed a condition in which the…

Qatar Airways Expands U.S. Operation with Over 85 Weekly Flights

Qatar Airways is finally getting its operation back to pre-pandemic levels. Beginning June 1, the airline will resume service to Atlanta four times weekly and have 12 gateways into the United States – two more than before COVID-19 disrupted the industry. The announcement also revealed increased frequency to six other…

Interview: Qatar Airways Continues U.S. Expansion With New Flights

Even as U.S. commercial airline traffic continues to sit at less than half of 2019 levels, a number of airlines have taken the opportunity to open service to new markets, grabbing unused slots and gates left behind by other airlines. Much of this activity in the U.S. has been centered…

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights To Certain U.S. Cities

Prolonged travel restrictions and stringent entry requirements – in response to the COVID-19 catastrophe – continue to be an impediment for airlines.  Subsequently, airlines must be attentive to the fluctuations in travel demand and load factors. Recently, Qatar Airways officially announced its flight resumptions and increased flight frequencies to a…

Qatar Airways to Retire Half of its A380 Fleet

Qatar Airways announced that it is likely to only bring back half of the A380s it has on its fleet once demand levels recover. This is five out of the 10 aircraft possessed by the Doha-based carrier At a CAPA live event held on Wednesday, January 13; Qatar Airways CEO…