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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 Group Chief Executive, said: “Qatar Airways always demands the very best for its customers, so it is right that we are the first airline in the world to fly the…

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…

U.S. Set to Announce Agreement with Qatar Airways, Ease Open…

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to announce tomorrow an agreement with Doha-based Qatar Airways in an attempt to resolve the ongoing dispute between the three U.S. legacy carriers and the gulf carriers. A hallmark point of the deal is that Qatar will both agree to internationally-recognized accounting…

Qatar Airways Enters Codeshare Agreement with oneworld Partner, LATAM Airlines

Doha-based Qatar Airways has announced that it has entered in to a codeshare agreement with LATAM. This move has come as Qatar Airways plans to expand its South American route network and connectivity for its passengers. Qatar began operations to Brazil back in 2010 when it introduced flights from Doha,…

Can Qatar’s Loss Become Etihad and Emirates’ Gain?

When word got out earlier this week that the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen and the Maldives were cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, many in the Middle East went into a panic. When countries cut diplomatic ties, it is easy to see how this would directly affect…

Qatar Airways to Launch New Flights Between Doha and Cardiff

Cardiff Airport has announced that Doha-based carrier Qatar Airways will launch a new UK service to Doha from the Welsh city. The flights are due to start in 2018 and information regarding flight scheduling and aircraft types have yet to be announced. The new route will operate from Hamad International…

Qatar Continues Planning for New Domestic Airline In India

In an effort to compete with Emirates and Etihad within India, Doha-based Qatar Airways has been eyeing a large expansion by creating a new domestic airline within the Indian market. Last month, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker announced plans to launch a 100% foreign-owned airline in India through a…

Qatar Reveals New Long-Awaited Business Class Product

To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, Doha-based Qatar Airways has announced some sizable upgrades to their passenger experience. Qatar has released a new business class cabin which has raised the bar from previous standards. The new experience, entitled “QSuite," was revealed to the public by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His…

Qatar Airways to Launch World’s Longest Scheduled Flight on Sunday

Doha-based Qatar Airways will be operating the world's longest scheduled passenger flight between Doha and Auckland. This new route will surpass Emirates' Dubai to Auckland route, which currently holds the title. Qatar's newest route is scheduled for a flight time of 16 hours and 20 minutes, which beats the Emirates…

Qatar, Boeing Announce Historic Aircraft Order

This morning, Qatar Airways and Boeing announced an order for 30 787-9 Dreamliners, 10 777-300ERs, and a letter of intent for 60 737 MAX-8s. The sizable order is valued at $11.7 billion. As part of the order, Qatar Airways also signed a letter of intent for 60 737 MAX 8s,…