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A Qatar Airways-painted Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on a test flight. This aircraft regularly operates Qatar's flight from Doha to Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Qatar Airways Eyeing Stake in RwandAir

Two months after taking a 60 percent stake in the newly constructed Kigali's Bugesera International Airport in Rwanda, an airport that will accommodate 10 million passengers yearly, Qatar Airways is now negotiating for a 49 percent stake in RwandAir. This news was first announced by Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker speaking on the sidelines of an aviation summit on Feb 5 in Doha. "We are tough negotiators... we will take our time to negotiate,"said Al Baker as he expressed his…

Air Italy Reportedly on the Brink of Bankruptcy

Italian airline Air Italy could be fighting for its survival and to avoid an imminent grounding, according to reports by Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. The carrier, 49 percent of which is owned by Qatar Airways, is expected to report a loss for 2019 superior to the 160 million euros…

Trip Report: Flying on a Qatar Airways 777-200LR from São…

Qatar Airways and its main hub Hamad International Airport recently announced an expansion to the airport that would increase its capacity in time for the 2022 World Cup and make it a destination without itself. En route to Doha, AirlineGeeks was invited by Qatar Airways to fly in its newest…

Qatar Airways Celebrates 10 Years of Houston Service

This past March marked the 10th anniversary of Qatar Airways' Doha-Houston route. The Middle Eastern carrier first commenced service to the Energy Capital of the World in March 2009, only its third route to the U.S. at the time. Qatar Airways launched the route to Houston during a time of…

Doha’s Hamad International Airport Unveils Ambitious Expansion Plan

Connecting the world with Qatar, Hamad International Airport has served as the primary gateway to Doha for the past five years. Home to its largest carrier and Qatar's national airline, Qatar Airways, the airport has seen rapid growth since its opening as both the entry and exit point to Qatar…

Reports: Qatar Airways To Purchase Stake in TAAG Angola Airlines

Qatar Airways, the state-owned airline of Qatar, is interested in acquiring a 39 percent stake of the also state-owned TAAG - Linhas Aéreas de Angola, from the sub-Saharan nation of Angola according to information published by Novo Jornal in Angola. Though 39 percent would not grant to Qatar the position…

Boeing and Qatar Airways Finalize 777F Order

Qatar Airways finalized an order for five Boeing 777 freighters at a ceremony in held at the White House in Washington, D.C. President Trump was on hand to witness the parties sign the agreement. with both Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar and Akbar Al Baker,…

The Implications of Alaska’s Newly-Inked Agreement with Air Italy

In a development that is likely to stir some controversy in the U.S. airline business, Italian carrier Air Italy signed a Special Prorate Agreement with Seattle-based Alaska Airlines adding ten more destinations in the United States to its network. These new destinations include Portland, Oregon, San Diego and Seattle and…

Qatar Airways Looks to Take Further Hold of India Market

Just over a month ago, India's Jet Airways ceased all flights after running out of the funds necessary to continue operating. That shutdown had effects across the airline's route network. While that network did include destinations as far as North America and various others across Europe, a seemingly disproportionate amount…

Air Italy Sparks New Controversy in U.S.-Middle East Carriers Row

The lingering debate fostered by major U.S. carriers complaining about “unfair competition” on behalf of airlines from the Middle East has seen a major flare in the last few days due to some back-and-forth between the CEOs of airlines involved in the dispute. On Tuesday, American CEO Doug Parker, Delta…