Qatar Airways

Could a Saudi-Led Blockade on Qatar be About to Fall? Not Just Yet Despite Positive Signs Say Analysts…

Story Highlights A Saudi-led blockade has been imposed on Qatar since June 2017 Qatar refused to comply with Saudi demands to end the blockade Saudi Arabia accuses Qatar of funding terrorist organisations A recent thawing of relations could mean the…

Qatar Airways Launches New “Entertaining” In-Flight Safety Video Ahead of 2022 Soccer World Cup

With little more than two years until the 2023 FIFA World Cup, the host country’s national airline has released a rather apt new soccer-themed in-flight safety video. The six minute video stars Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr, along with FC Bayern…

Qatar Airways Will Not Retire Any More Boeing 777’s Until the Next Generation 777X Arrives in 2021

The chief executive of Qatar Airways has told reporters on the sidelines of an aviation and duty free conference in Doha that the airline will delay retiring any more Boeing 777’s until the next-generation 777X aircraft arrives in 2021.  Qatar…

Doha Will Recommission its Old Airport for World Cup 2022 Visitor Influx Despite Huge Expansion

Qatar has announced plans to recommission its old airport for a four week period during the FIFA World Cup 2022 in order to cope with an expected massive influx of visitors to the tiny Persian Gulf country.  The news comes…

Qatar Airways Hub in Doha Planning 100% Capacity Increase in Huge Expansion Featuring Tropical Gardens

Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH) has announced plans for a huge expansion which will feature a 10,000 square metre indoor tropical garden and 263 square metre ‘water feature’ as its centrepieces – this is all sounding very similar to Singapore…

Qatar Finally Announces End of Controversial Kafala Employment Laws (Is it for Real This Time?)

In what has been described as a “landmark” announcement, the small Persian Gulf State of Qatar is to make “sweeping” reforms to its labour laws including finally ending the highly controversial Kafala system.  The old Kafala rules forced workers to…

Qatar Airways Keeps Up Pressure On Delta Air Lines; Says It Could Increase Stake in LATAM

There’s no bigger troll in the aviation industry it would seem than Akbar Al Baker, the often outspoken chief executive of Qatar Airways.  Just a few weeks after Delta Air Lines made a shock announcement that it was acquiring a…

Qatar Asks UN Aviation Body to Take Action on Saudi-Led Blockade Because its Bad for the Environment

It’s been over two years since Saudi Arabia, along with Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) imposed a political, economic and physical blockade on the tiny Gulf state of Qatar.  The Saudi-led blockade came suddenly on the 4th…

Is Qatar Airways Getting Involved in the Scandal of Dubai’s Rulers Wife Who ‘Escaped’ the UAE?

A few months ago, one of the wives of the ruler of Dubai, allegedly fled the UAE after learning disturbing new facts about the treatment of one of his children.  The disappearance of Princess Haya bint Hussein, daughter of the…

Hypocritical Airline CEO’s Campaign Against Persian Gulf Competitors and Then Offshore American Jobs

The TWU transport workers union has launched a stinging attack on the chief exec’s of the big three U.S.-based airlines – American, Delta and United Airlines (US3) in a new letter to President Donald Trump.  The union’s president, John Samuelsen…

Airline Leaders from the U.S. and Middle East Have White House Meeting with President Trump

Chief executives from several U.S. airlines including American Airlines, United and jetBlue, as well as the CEO of Persian Gulf carrier Qatar Airways met with President Trump at a meeting held in the White House yesterday.  While officials from the…

If You Only Do One Thing Today, You’ve Got to Watch This Video of Naomi Campbell’s Airport Routine

British supermodel Naomi Campbell has just revealed her airport routine in a new video on her YouTube channel Being Naomi and it really is essential viewing.  Campbell, who became one of the most in-demand fashion models in the late 1980s…

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker Goes On Offensive, Teases New Airline Investment at PAS

The biannual Paris Air Show is currently underway in Le Bourget but while Qatar Airways may have a big presence at what is the world’s largest aviation exhibition, the Gulf carrier hasn’t come with any new products or announcements to…

Chief Execs of ‘Big Three’ U.S. Airlines Take Out Full Page Newspaper Ad Against Qatar Airways

Yesterday, I wrote about an open letter the chief executives of two airlines and the shipping company FedEx sent to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in defence of Qatar Airways and the current Open Skies arrangement that the United…

jetBlue, FedEx and Atlas Air Come Out in Defense of Qatar Airway’s Investment in Air Italy

Two airline chief executives and the boss of global shipping company FedEx have sent an open letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “set the record straight” over what they refer to as “wholly-unsubstantiated claims” about Qatar Airways…

Finnish Police Arrest Two Members of Qatar Airways Cabin Crew for Being Drunk

Two members of Qatar Airways cabin crew were arrested yesterday at Helsinki Airport (HEL) according to Finnish authorities.  Police arrested the two male cabin crew members just before 8.30am after airport workers raised concerns that the flight attendants were drunk. …

Qatar Airways: Investment in Air Italy “Fully Compliant” With Open Skies Agreement

Qatar Airways has defended itself against accusations its investment in Air Italy “runs directly counter” to a landmark one year deal that the State of Qatar reached with the United States over its Open Skies agreement.  At a Senate Foreign…

Air Italy’s New Uniform Just Cements the Concern its Qatar Airways With a Different Name

Of all the different branding elements that an airline can use, the cabin crew uniform has to be one of the most important.  From the distinctive red hats worn by Emirates cabin crew or the iconic sarong kabaya of Singapore…

Turkish Airlines Denies Rumours Qatar Airways Has Acquired 49% Stake in Business

Turkish Airlines has been forced to deny rumours that Qatar Airways has acquired a 49% stake in the government-owned carrier.  In a statement issued by the airline, a spokesperson said the rumours did “not represent the truth” and had been…

Delta Air Lines Really Doesn’t Want to Let its Feud with Qatar Airways Go

Speaking at an aviation summit in Dever, Colorado yesterday, Delta’s Executive Vice President Peter Carter made it perfectly clear that the Atlanta-based airline isn’t going to let its feud with Qatar Airways drop anytime soon.  Specifically, Carter called out Qatar’s…

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Reignites Rumour Airline Will Leave OneWorld Alliance

Here we go again – the chief executive of Qatar Airways, the often outspoken and controversial figure Akbar Al Baker has used a news conference at the ITB Berlin aviation expo to reignite a rumour the airline will pull out…

Well That Was Underwhelming: First Look at Qatar Airways New Economy Class Seat

Qatar Airways has just unveiled a brand new Economy Class seat at the biggest annual aviation trade show and well, it’s a bit of a disappointment.  Akbar Al Baker, the chief executive of Qatar Airways, previously said his airline was…

New Aviation Agreement Between European Union and Qatar Will Create “Level Playing Field”

We now have more details on a “landmark” aviation agreement between the European Union and the State of Qatar that the EU’s Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc says will not only level the playing field but also “raise the bar…

America’s Most Powerful Flight Attendant Just Came After Qatar Airways for Sponsoring Gender Diversity Awards

Qatar Airways, the Doha-based airline that regularly holds ‘female only’ recruitment events for new cabin crew and whose chief executive has faced heavy criticism for sexist remarks, has just announced it is partnering with the International Air Transport Association (IATA)…

Qatar Airways Has Voice and Accent Trainer for its Cabin Crew… No, Really

I love looking through airline job boards from time to time.  In amongst the usual boring roles for pricing analysts and revenue management specialists, I occasionally come across some right gems which give an insight into how much effort an…

EU and Qatar Reach Deal On Air Transport Agreement: But Details Remain Sketchy

The European Union and the State of Qatar have today concluded negotiations for a landmark Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement – it will allow airlines from both the EU and Qatar (in other words Qatar Airways) unrestricted access to one another’s…

Qatar Airways Releases Cringe Worthy “Brand Film” That Relies On Sexist Stereotypes

Over the last few days, Qatar Airways has been hyping up what it called a big announcement it had planned with hints being dropped across the Doha-based airline’s social media channels.  Well, it turns out the big announcement was a…

Qatar Airways Won’t Invest in Struggling Jet Airways as its Backed by “Enemy State”

Qatar Airways has been looking to expand its presence in India for years but in typically colourful fashion, the chief executive of the Doha-based airline Akbar Al Baker has told reporters he has no intention of investing in India’s struggling…

Air Italy Being Used by Qatar Airways to Circumvent EU Wet Leasing Rules?

Air Italy has quickly established itself as the most controversial airline in Europe, reigniting a fierce debate over the role of government subsidies and what some claim is unfair competition on North American routes.  That’s because Air Italy has managed…

The Air Italy Row is Heating Up: Delta CEO Says “Qatar is Back to Their Old Tricks”

Ed Bastian, the chief exec of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines doesn’t appear to be feeling too much Christmas cheer right now.  Instead, the longtime aviation executive is speaking out against Air Italy – a little known Italian airline that has…

Air Italy Announces Yet Another New North American Destination: Where to Next?

At this point, it’s becoming a little difficult to see Air Italy as little more than a Milan-based front for Qatar Airways to continue its North American expansion.  Just a day after announcing it would start flying to Toronto, Air…

Is Air Italy a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? Lobby Group Says Qatar Airways is “Disrespecting” U.S. President

Back in February, the State of Qatar announced that it had reached an important agreement with U.S. authorities over a long-running dispute involving its government-owned national airline, Qatar Airways.  A little over two weeks later and a little known Italian…

Qatar Airways’ Chief Exec, Akbar Al Baker Weighs In On The Khashoggi Affair and Criticizes Trump Administration

The chief executive of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker is well known for being outspoken – in the not too distant past, he’s drawn criticism for making derogatory comments about flight attendants at U.S. airlines and was roundly lambasted for…

Qatar Airways Issues “Ultimatum” to Oneworld Alliance – May Leave “Soon” If Attacks From Fellow Member Airlines Continue

Over the last few years, the biggest three airlines in the United States – American Airlines, Delta and United – have led a fairly concerted campaign against what they see as the unfair and rapid international expansion of Gulf rivals…

Landmark Agreement Will Help Safeguard Rights of Qatar Airways Cabin Crew

Back in September, Qatar announced some fairly major changes to its so-called Kafala employment laws.  For the first time, most expat workers (which make up the majority of workers in Qatar) would be able to leave the country without first…

Well This Wasn’t Surprising: Qatar Airways Posts a Loss for 2017 But Accountants Have Clearly Been Working Hard

At long last… Yesterday, Qatar Airways eventually posted its financial results for 2017, with a loss of $69 million USD (QAR 252 million) for the full financial year – a 112% drop on the $573 million profit the airline reported…

Qatar to End Controversial Exit Permit Scheme for Foreign Workers in Run Up to 2022 World Cup

Over the last few years, the State of Qatar has come under increasing criticism from a wide range of human rights organisations and even the United Nations over alleged human rights abuses and a lack of rights for the country’s…

Qatar Airways Will Release 2017 Financials in Two Weeks Time: Still Wants to Invest in Indian Airline

The chief executive of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker has revealed his airline will finally publish its annual financial results for 2017 in around two weeks time.  Baker disclosed the timeframe while speaking at the International Aviation Summit which is…

Are Financial Woes at Qatar Airways Slowing Down Cabin Crew Recruitment?

It’s been several months since Akbar Al Baker, the chief executive of Qatar Airways said he expected his airline to plunge to a huge loss for the 2017-2018 financial year.  Speaking at the Eurasia air show in Turkey, Baker described…

VIDEO: We’ve Seen it All Now – A Qatar Airways Flight Was Delayed Because a Passenger Was Begging

Bizarre footage of an elderly man begging for money onboard a Qatar Airways flight has recently emerged. According to the popular ‘View from a Wing’ blog, the flight was sitting on the tarmac at Doha International Airport waiting to depart…

We’ve Seen it All Now: A Qatar Airways Flight Was Delayed Because a Passenger Was Begging?

Bizarre footage of an elderly man begging for money onboard a Qatar Airways flight has recently emerged.  According to the popular ‘View from a Wing‘ blog, the flight was sitting on the tarmac at Doha International Airport waiting to depart…

ABHORRENT: Qatar Airways Chief Executives Makes Another Sexist Comment, Audience Gasp in Horror

Airline executives from around the world have gathered in Sydney this week to discuss some of the aviation industry’s biggest challenges during the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) annual general meeting.  The association represents some 290 airlines, accounting for around…

British Airways IS Wet-leasing Qatar Airways Long-Haul Planes This Summer: But Should They?

British Airways, like many airlines that operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, has been facing a scheduling nightmare after European aviation regulators issued an urgent safety directive for the aircraft.  A problem has been found with a compressor in the Rolls…

VIDEO: The Chief Executive of Qatar Airways Talks About How His Airline Treats Cabin Crew

In May 2018, Akbar Al Baker, the chief executive of Qatar Airways addressed an EU Parliament committee on Transport and Tourism. European lawmakers had a lot of questions about the treatment of cabin crew at Qatar Airways – here’s how…

What’s it Really Like to Work for Qatar Airways as Cabin Crew? What We Know, The Rumours, Secrets, and Cover-Up’s

Last week, Akbar Al Baker, the chief executive of Qatar Airways appeared at a committee hearing of the European Parliament, becoming the first foreign airline chief to personally address the Committee on Transport and Tourism.  At the time, Qatar Airways…

Qatar Airways Calls Ongoing Blockade an “Act of War” as Akbar Al Baker Addresses EU Committee

As a blockade on the State of Qatar by a Saudi-led bloc of countries which includes the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt approaches its first anniversary, the chief executive of the government-owned airline, Qatar Airways has personally addressed a committee of…

Qatar Airways Investment in Air Italy Just Goes to Prove Why Europeans Will Never Get Short-haul ‘First Class’

Yesterday, the chief executive of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker was present at the delivery ceremony of Air Italy’s brand new Boeing 737MAX 8 aircraft at the Boeing delivery center in Everett, near Seattle, Washington.  The fact that Baker decided…

Is It Still Safe To Fly Gulf Airlines Through The Middle East? Tensions Rise And Civilian Aircraft Are Caught In The Middle

Tensions between Qatar and several neighbouring countries appear to be on the rise with allegations that civilian aircraft belonging to the UAE have been “intercepted” by Qatari military jets.  In the latest incident, Emirati authorities said the pilot of a…

Qatar Airways Warns Of “Very Large Loss” While Taking A Swipe At U.S. Airlines

On the opening day of ITB Berlin – the world’s largest international travel fair – the chief executive of Qatar Airways, Abkar Al Baker has once again warned his airline will likely suffer losses for the year ending April 2018. …

VIDEO: Oh My, Qatar Airways CEO Throws Major Shade At Saudi Arabia, UAE Over Gulf Blockade

At a press conference to celebrate Qatar Airways becoming the global launch customer for the new Airbus A350-1000, the airline’s chief executive, Akbar Al Baker certainly had some very interesting comments to share with the world – and not all…

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