Qatar Airways introduced a raft of latest routes and resumptions throughout a press convention at ITB Berlin.
The seven new locations deliberate for launch this yr embody Chittagong (Bangladesh), Juba (South Sudan), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), Medan (Indonesia), Trabzon (Turkey) and each Lyon and Toulouse in France.
Moreover, the airline will resume flights to 11 locations together with Beijing, Birmingham, Buenos Aires, Casablanca, Davao (Philippines), Marrakesh, Good, Osaka, Phnom Penh, Ras al-Khaimah and Tokyo Haneda.
Qatar Airways Group chief govt, Akbar Al Baker, additionally informed Enterprise Traveller that he expects the airline’s path to Cardiff to renew this yr, explaining that this is determined by the pace of the restore challenge of the A350 plane.
As soon as the A350s come again into service, it is going to unencumber the 787 plane for routes akin to Cardiff, he added.
Final month the airline introduced an finish to a long-running dispute with Airbus over points with the provider’s fleet of Airbus A350 plane.
Questioned on the way forward for the A380, Al Baker stated that he expects the plane to be operational for 3 years, after which they are going to be retired as different plane come into service.
Qatar Airways reactivated some of its A380s in December 2021 as a consequence of points with its A350 fleet which resulted in a lack of capability, although the CEO stated at the time that he did not see a long-term future for the aircraft. Qatar Airways at present has ten A380 plane, seven of that are at present flying.
Through the press convention, the airline additionally outlined frequency will increase for 35 locations in its community. Within the UK this contains:
- London Gatwick – elevated from seven weekly flights to 10 (and as much as 14 within the peak summer time season)
- London Heathrow – elevated from 42 weekly flights to 45
- Edinburgh – elevated from 10 weekly flights to 12
The summer time 2023 schedule will see greater than 655 weekly flights in comparison with the identical interval final yr. Al Baker defined that the airline has had little points with recruitment or staffing, with the growth unaffected in consequence.
On the subject of investing in different airways, the CEO added that the corporate isn’t at present trying to spend money on different airways.