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Qatar's first A350-1000 in Toulouse (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

Airbus A350-1000 Arrives in the U.S. for the First Time

The Airbus A350-1000, the largest variant of the A350 family, has reached a new milestone in its short flying career, landing in the United States for the first time. Operated by Qatar Airways, the launch customer for the type, the aircraft touched down at Philadelphia International Airport shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Monday after a flight from Munich, Germany. Although not the same A350-1000 that was the centerpiece of Qatar Airways’ Farnborough International Airshow display, the aircraft surprisingly enough did…

Qatar Airways Displays Six Aircraft and Unveils New Executive Jet…

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…

Air Italy Looks to Disrupt Italian Market with First Boeing…

At Boeing's Everett facility on Friday, Air Italy took delivery of its first 737 MAX 8 aircraft, EI-GFY. The aircraft was unveiled and showed off to VIP dignitaries and guests and was met with plenty of optimism for the future of the Italian aviation industry. The aircraft is just one…

Trip Report: Comparing Qatar’s A350-900XWB Business Class with the 777-300ER…

Two weeks ago, AirlineGeeks traveled to Doha, Qatar, for the 31st Annual IATA International Ground Handling Conference. This year’s conference, the first one to take place in the Middle East, was being hosted by Qatar Airways and Qatar Aviation Services, their ground handling subsidiary, and would focus on advancing a…

The 31st IATA Ground Handling Conference Opens in Doha

On Monday, the 31st IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) officially began at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The conference started with the playing of the Qatari national anthem. Among those in attendance was Qatar Airways Group's own CEO, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al-Baker, and other executives from the…

IATA Ground Handling Conference Welcomes Delegates to Doha

Sunday night marked the unofficial first day of the IATA’s Ground Handling Conference (IGHC), held annually in a different city every year. This year, the city of Doha, Qatar was chosen as the designated city for the conference, the first time the IGHC has been held in Qatar, as well…

A Big Step Back for Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways announced on Wednesday they would report a "very large loss" for the current fiscal year as a result of a blockade placed on the nation by various other Middle East nations last June. The blockade – imposed by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain as…

Qatar Airways Open to Codeshare Discussions with American Airlines

Despite the ongoing dispute between the big three airlines of Gulf nations in the Middle East and the U.S. airlines regarding the Open Skies agreement and the issue of government subsidies, Qatar Airways has announced that it is open to the idea of resuming codeshare operations with American Airlines. Qatar…

Emirates Threatens to Pull $76 Billion Boeing Deal Amid Ongoing…

As the Gulf carriers continue to grow their fleets and expand their route networks, U.S. carriers continue to pursue their agendas in reversing the Open Skies agreement between the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines have all taken an active stance…

Trip Report: Flying Onboard the Delivery Flight of Qatar’s First…

After a fantastic A350-1000 delivery gala dinner Tuesday night at the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse, AirlineGeeks was also invited to join Qatar Airways on the ferry flight to Doha for the very first Airbus A350-1000 delivery. Arriving at Delivery Center early Wednesday morning for the flight, a lot had…