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A Saudia Airlines Boeing 777-300ER departs from LAX (Photo: AirlineGeeks | James Dinsdale)

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 has completed a $7.2 billion expansion for the busiest airport in the country, Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport. But the country led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is now…

Qatar Airways Ramps Up Operations in Africa

Qatar Airways is expanding its African reach, launching new routes to Zambia and Zimbabwe to its growing route network beginning August 6. The new service to Lusaka, Zambia and onwards to Harare, Zimbabwe is scheduled to be operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will connect passengers in Zambia and…

New European Startup Pragusa.One Has a Unique Business Strategy

Pragusa.One is the newest airline launching out of Europe, and its business strategy is raising some eyebrows. Set to launch in June 2021, the carrier will be based out of Prague, Czech Republic, and Dubrovnik, Croatia and plans to use wide-body Airbus aircraft configured completely with premium economy seats. The…

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…

LATAM Brasil, Qatar Airways Further Expand Codeshare

As international demand keeps flat during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, airlines are trying to increase their reach to find any demand possible. As such, this Monday, Qatar Airways, Qatar's state-owned flag carrier, announced in a press release it is further increasing its codeshare agreement with LATAM Airlines Brasil, Brazil's second-largest…

Saudi Arabia Set to End Qatar’s Airspace Ban

In 2017 there was a diplomatic escalation in which Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt decided to cut flights to and from Doha, and to which Saudi Arabia added the closure of its airspace. The denial of the use of Saudi airspace created multiple inconveniences for Qatar,…

Qatar Airways Welcomes Trio of 777 Freighters

The travel demand slump in the airline industry is continuing into the new year as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. While airlines observe a slight rise due to the holiday season, the gains are small, marginal and temporary. Air travel demand levels are not expected to return to pre-COVID-19…

Qatar Airways, China Southern Launch Codeshare

Qatar Airways has announced that the first stage of a codeshare cooperation with China Southern Airlines has begun with the Chinese carrier placing its code on Qatar Airways flights between Guangzhou and Doha. Flights started on Dec. 27 and are currently for sale. The codeshare partnership brings more travel opportunities…

Qatar Airways Christens Second Runway at Berlin Brandenburg Airport

On Nov. 4, Qatar Airways marked the official opening of the second runway at Berlin Brandenburg Airport, bringing runway 25L online at the airport, which opened last weekend. The arrival onto runway 25L by the Qatar Airbus A350-900 WXB — registered A7-AMF — at 9:50 a.m. was then greeted by a…

Qatar Airways Reports $2 Billion Loss for Year Ended March…

Qatar Airways published its 2019-2020 annual report on Sunday, in which it reported that the airline recorded a loss of $2 billion for the period from April 1, 2019 to March 31. The combination of the current airspace blockade against the Qatar, the liquidation of Air Italy, changes in accounting…