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I seem to recall reading somewhere that Qatar's A380s only offer first class on the routes from Doha to London, Paris and I think an Asian destination which currently escapes me. Yet the 380s operate other routes so what happens to the eight open suites when the aircraft are operating routes that don't offer first class?

I've looked at Seat Guru and there only seems to be one type of 380 in Qatar's fleet.
 

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The article does say that there will be the option of First Class and it is available to book on their website.
https://www.ausbt.com.au/qatar-airways-airbus-a380-to-fly-perth-doha-from-may-2018?utm_source=hero
Thanks Jerry. I've found the answer now. When I did some test bookings on various Qatar routes only economy and business were offered. However, there is an arrow at the right-hand side of the various business fares which when clicked brings up the first fares.

You are right. It's not just the Paris and London routes that feature first class on the 380s.
 

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Gatwick has to be one of the new routes hasn't it? It was being mentioned over two years ago by the Qatar UK chief when he forecast a South West route (subsequently turned out to be CWL).
I'm not so sure with Gatwick that they'll return as Qatar Airways now own shares in Heathrow so they might consider it putting money into the pocket of Heathrows biggest competitor.
 

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I'm not so sure with Gatwick that they'll return as Qatar Airways now own shares in Heathrow so they might consider it putting money into the pocket of Heathrows biggest competitor.
It might be the only way they can expand in London unless they look at STN.
 

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Qatar Airways will launch an A320 service to Mykonos. Starts 30 May 18. Can be a very windy airport to land at.
 

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Qatar aircraft types on UK routes

There is mention in the CWL Qatar thread that the new CWL-DOH route that will commence next month using B787-8 aircraft will see an A350 on the first day to launch the route.

I wondered about the types Qatar currently uses on its UK routes and whether any of the routes have confirmed upgrades in type or are good bets for upgrades in the future. I believe that Qatar is acquiring more A350s, both 900 and 1000 series.

I'm not suggesting that the CWL route is a candidate for an upgrade, at least not for a while until it builds up.

Is anyone aware of the types Qatar uses on its various UK routes? Many thanks for any replies.
 

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LHR is currently seeing the A380, A359/K 77W and 787-8.

Are MAN, EDI and BHX just on the 787-8 for now? I know EDI is going to A359 shortly and gatwick is being launched with the 787-8.

Qatar also have the 787-9 on order, so if CWL was to be upgraded to anything it would probably be the 789 or A359.
 

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LHR is currently seeing the A380, A359/K 77W and 787-8.

Are MAN, EDI and BHX just on the 787-8 for now? I know EDI is going to A359 shortly and gatwick is being launched with the 787-8.

Qatar also have the 787-9 on order, so if CWL was to be upgraded to anything it would probably be the 789 or A359.
Manchester is 787 8.
 

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Qatar Airways to Launch Direct Flights to Gothenburg, Sweden, the Airline’s Fifth Nordic Gateway
‎ 23 July 2018


Service to Gothenburg will commence 12 December 2018 and marks Qatar Airways’ second Swedish destination after Stockholm

Direct flights will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 aircraft five times per week

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is pleased to announce that it will launch direct five-times weekly flights to Gothenburg, Sweden starting 12 December, making it the airline’s second Swedish gateway after Stockholm.

Five weekly flights to Gothenburg will be served with a Boeing 787-8 aircraft, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of direct services to Gothenburg, our second gateway into Sweden. Gothenburg is a charming city with much to offer both business and leisure travellers. This new direct route demonstrates our commitment to expanding our presence in the Nordic countries, a highly important market for us, and to further connecting these destinations on our global network. We look forward to introducing travellers from around the world to this beautiful city.”

Mr. Jonas Abrahamsson, Chief Executive Officer at Swedavia, said: "Sweden is the largest economy in Scandinavia, and at the moment it is also the strongest in Europe. New direct routes are an important contributing factor, as they improve connectivity to markets that are crucial to the Swedish business community and attract capital and knowledge to the region. This direct route is the result of successful cooperation where we, together with the region, have shown Qatar Airways the potential in the western Swedish market. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that Swedavia and western Sweden jointly welcome this large Middle East airline to Gothenburg Landvetter Airport.”

Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city, is set to grow by almost a third by the end of 2035. It is an important industrial and business centre, with the largest port in the Nordic countries.

Gothenburg also offers many scenic natural attractions for visitors to enjoy, from glistening lakes and granite cliffs, to picturesque fishing villages. Its Bohuslän islands, stretching up the west coast, have been named 'one of the ten great wilderness areas left in the world' and are renowned as a kayaking destination. Visitors can also visit Gothenburg’s “Universeum,” which offers a rainforest, a huge aquarium and a variety of exotic animals and plants all under one roof.

Qatar Airways launched flights to Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport in 2007. The Stockholm-Doha route, which operates 14 flights per week, is also operated by a wide-body Dreamliner 787 with 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.

Qatar Airways currently serves the Nordic capital cities of Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland, to and from Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA). Alongside Helsinki’s current Boeing 787 service, the cities of Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo are also served with a fleet of Dreamliner aircraft.

Passengers travelling to Sweden in Business Class can look forward to relaxing in one of the most comfortable, fully-lie flat beds as well as avail of the five-star food and beverage service, which is served ‘dine-on-demand.’ Passengers can also take advantage of the airline’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system, Oryx One, offering up to 4,000 entertainment options.

The launch of cargo belly-hold flights out of Gothenburg will also provide a direct uplift for major exports to trade markets in Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand via the carrier’s state-of-the-art hub in Doha.

Qatar Airways Cargo currently offers more than 870 tonnes of cargo capacity each week out of its Nordic destinations Helsinki, Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm. As one of the region’s fastest growing cargo carriers, Qatar Airways Cargo serves its customers with a variety of specialist air freight solutions for all kinds of cargo, ensuring their business needs are met.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘Best First Class Airline Lounge.’

Qatar Airways recently revealed a host of upcoming new global destinations, including the announcement that it will be the first Gulf carrier to begin direct service to Luxembourg. Other exciting new destinations to be launched by the airline include Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Langkawi, Malaysia and Da Nang, Vietnam.


Flight Schedule:

Doha (DOH) to Gothenburg (GOT) QR173 departs 01:55 arrives 06:35 (Mon, Thu, Sun)
Gothenburg (GOT) to Doha (DOH) QR 174 departs 08:05 arrives 16:10 (Mon, Thu, Sun)

Doha (DOH) to Gothenburg (GOT) QR177 departs 08:20 arrives 13:00 (Wed, Sat)
Gothenburg (GOT) to Doha (DOH) QR178 departs 15:10 arrives 23:15 (Wed, Sat)
https://www.qatarairways.com/en/press-releases/2018/july/gothenburg.html?activeTag=Press-releases
 

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Qatar Airways Sustains Strong EBITDAR supported by Capacity Growth Despite the Blockade by its Neighbouring Countries
‎ 18 September 2018

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Qatar Airways’ annual results demonstrate the airline’s determination and commitment to growth in its toughest year in two decades

DOHA, Qatar – Following the most challenging year in its 20-year history, Qatar Airways has published its annual report for 2017/18, which demonstrates the airline’s strength and resilience in the face of adversity. Overall revenue and other operating income grew 7.22 per cent annually compared to capacity (Available Seat Kilometres) growth of 9.96 per cent. Lower revenue growth was directly attributable to the illegal blockade since 5 June 2017, which impacted departing seats by 19 per cent. Cargo revenue witnessed very impressive growth of 34.40 per cent against cargo capacity (Available Tonne Kilometres) growing 13.95 per cent annually.

The Group generated EBITDAR Margin of 23.0 per cent at QAR 9.714 billion. EBITDAR was lower than the previous year by QAR 1.759 billion due to longer flying time resulting from the illegal blockade and loss of departing seats from the blockading countries.

Replacing 18 mature routes, which were closed due to the illegal blockade, the airline opened 14 new destinations during the fiscal year (24 new destinations to date). New destinations come with launch costs and the necessity to establish market presence, which resulted in an overall net loss of QAR 252 million. With a positive operating cash inflow, the cash position of the Group remained strong at QAR 13.312 billion.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “This turbulent year has inevitably had an impact on our financial results, which reflect the negative effect the illegal blockade has had on our airline. However, I am pleased to say that thanks to our robust business planning, swift actions in the face of the crisis, our passenger-focused solutions and dedicated staff, the impact has been minimised – and has certainly not been as negative as our neighbouring countries may have hoped for.”

A strategic and rapid response from the airline when neighbouring countries illegally blocked Qatar’s airspace on 5 June 2017 put Qatar Airways in a position of strength from which to recover from the unprecedented attack on the country’s sovereignty. Within 10 weeks new destinations to Sohar, Prague and Kyiv were announced and launched, while other routes saw an increase in frequency and capacity, thus swiftly redeploying capacity with a view to soften the impact of being illegally blockaded from 18 regional gateways.

The airline has launched 24 new destinations in total since the start of the blockade, further expanding its network of more than 150 exciting gateways around the world and continuing its ambitious growth plans in Europe and Asia.

Against this backdrop of regional political tension, just six weeks after the start of the blockade, Qatar Airways proved to the world that its neighbours had failed to reach their objective in reducing the airline to collapse by instead winning the coveted title of ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’ for the fourth time in less than 10 years. The airline also took home awards for ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’.

Throughout this turbulent year, Qatar Airways has not wavered from its strategy and vision of constant growth and development to give its loyal passengers the best possible on-board experience every time they travel. As the first airline in the world to take delivery of the Airbus A350-1000 in February 2018, Qatar Airways proved once again that it leads where other airlines follow in terms of providing passengers with the latest generation aircraft available in the skies. As well as taking delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000, the airline added 20 other aircraft to the fleet throughout the financial year, increasing the total number to 213 (as of 31 March 2018).

During the financial year, Qatar Airways Group also continued apace with the expansion of its investment portfolio to include an initial 9.94 per cent stake in Cathay Pacific, which has since increased to 9.99 per cent, as well as a 49 per cent share of AQA Holding, the parent company of Meridiana fly, which was relaunched as Air Italy in February 2018.

With its “business as usual” approach to the blockade, the airline also continued to invest in sports sponsorships, which it sees as the ideal platform for bringing people together from all corners of the globe. Qatar Airways Group’s sponsorship with FIFA remains the core of its sponsorship portfolio, and is complemented by the addition of sports partnerships with Bayern München AG, AS Roma and Boca Juniors. These sponsorships further enhance the airline’s commitment to leveraging sports as a means to connecting with passengers across its global network.

Please find below the Qatar Airways Consolidated Financial Statement:

Please find below the 2018 fiscal year annual report:

Notes to Editors:

About Qatar Airways:

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating more than 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2018, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; Mombasa, Kenya and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 13 Boeing 777 freighters and eight Airbus A330 freighters.
https://www.qatarairways.com/en/press-releases/2018/september/qatar-airways-sustains-strong-ebitdar-supported-by-capacity-grow.html?activeTag=Press-releases&CID=SMALL0678502232000000001105#
 

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