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Qatar Airways Displays Six Aircraft and Unveils New Executive Jet at Farnborough

Qatar Airways has a dominating presence at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow with six aircraft on display, including the showpiece Airbus A350-1000, a Boeing 777-300ER, a Qatar Cargo Boeing 747-8F, a JetSuiteX Embraer E-135 (of which Qatar Airways is a minority shareholder) and an Air Italy Boeing 737 MAX (of which the airline has a 49 percent stake in). Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker was in attendance at the airshow for several announcements…

Air Italy Begins Operations with Inaugural Flight to New York

In a major step forward for the reincarnated Italian airline Air Italy, the airline flew its first ever flight in its new branding from its home base at Milan’s Malpensa Airport to New York’s JFK Airport. The joint venture between Alisarda, the controlling shareholder, and Qatar Airways aims to displace…

Innovative Aircraft Cabin Interior Designs Honored at AIX2018

The Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) was held in Hamburg, Germany this week, an industry event which has in the past attracted over 16,000 attendees. AIX 2018 is described as ‘the world’s leading event for airlines and the supply chain to source the latest innovations, technologies and products for the cabin…

Qatar Airways Receives First Airbus A350-1000 in Toulouse

Qatar Airways was once again the launch customer for the newest variant of the Airbus A350 on Tuesday. After being the first customer to receive the Airbus A350-900 in January 2015, the CEO was determined to be the first airline flying the A350-1000 as well. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways…

Italy’s Meridiana Relaunches as Air Italy

The Italian aviation market continues to provide headlines as it was announced on Monday that Sardinian-based carrier Meridiana would be rebranded as Air Italy with fleet expansion plans and a base at Milan Malpensa. The announcement confirms months of speculation that a shake-up of the operation was imminent after Qatar…

Japan Airlines Expands Codeshare Agreements with Alaska Airlines and Qatar…

Japan Airlines has announced that it will be expanding its existing codeshare agreements with Alaska Airlines and Qatar Airways, allowing customers of all airlines to have more access to cities that the airlines serve around the world. The Japanese flag-carrier first entered into the codeshare agreement with Alaska Airlines in June…

British Airways Applies for Additional Wet Lease Aircraft from Qatar…

British Airways has submitted yet another application to wet lease six Qatar Airways Airbus A320s. The application is for aircraft to be used from February to April, with British Airways citing "exceptional needs to enable British Airways to support passenger operations due to late delivery of aircraft." The six Qatari…

Qatar Airways Takes a Minority Stake in Cathay Pacific

Qatar Airways has just announced its acquisition of a minority stake in Cathay Pacific, with the Gulf airline set to become Cathay Pacific’s third largest shareholder. The 9.6 percent stake, equivalent to 378,188,000 shares of the Asian carrier, was purchased by Qatar Airways for HK$15.6 billion, or $662 million. It…

Another Gulf Carrier Backing: Qatar Airways Invests in Italy’s Meridiana

The state-owned flag carrier based in Doha, Qatar Airways, announced that it has finalized a deal with Sardinia-based airline Meridiana, to purchase a 49 percent stake in the Italian carrier, while Meridiana's parent company will retain the other 51 percent of the airline. Meridiana, which operates a small fleet of…

Qatar Airways Orders More 777-300ERs, Outlines Future Cargo Plans

At the Boeing Everett Delivery Center on Monday, Qatar Airways received its first of two Boeing 747-8F freighter aircraft. The delivery ceremony was attended by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister, and Vice Chairman of the Boeing…