Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Buys a 49% in Italy’s Second Largest Airline, the Ageing Meridiana

Things are set to get a little bit more interesting in the Italian aviation market after news broke that Qatar Airways had bought a 49% stake in Meridiana Fly.  Never heard of the airline?  Probably not a surprise if you…

Qatar Airways Has Celebrated its 20th Anniversary in Spectacular Style With Red Arrows Fly Past in Doha

Thousands of people gathered on Doha’s Corniche on Saturday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the national airline, Qatar Airways and watch a spectacular aerial display by the world-famous Red Arrows.  And as the Hawk jets swooped across the city…

Qatar Airways Shrugs Off Middle East Embargo With Renewed Fleet Expansion and Investment Opportunities

The chief executive of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker appeared alongside the vice president of aircraft manufacturer Boeing, Ray Conner today at a ceremony to celebrate the delivery of its first 747-800 freighter aircraft.  But this wasn’t only an opportunity…

Qatar Airways Teases its Brand New Boarding Music By Local Composer, Dana Al Fardan

Qatar Airways has teased its brand new boarding music which will become the airline’s signature theme tune.  It’s expected to be heard by hundreds of thousands of passengers on board Qatar Airways aircraft around the world.  Composed by the world-renowned local…

How Old is Too Old to Work as Cabin Crew? That’s the Decision Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Have to Make

How old is too old to work as a flight attendant? The old-fashioned view would have us believe working as cabin crew is a glamorous career reserved solely for younger adults – but surely that way of thinking is crusty,…

The Qatar Airways Cabin Crew Open Day and Assessment Day: What Really Happens? Your Complete Guide

As the only major Middle East airline still actively recruiting cabin crew, Qatar Airways has gained a huge amount of interest from aspiring flight attendants.  And boy is Qatar Airways recruiting.  Every month, they’ve been holding multiple Assessment Day’s in…

Flying Anytime Soon? This Company Wants to Help You Sleep and Airline’s Are Loving It

Luxury British retailer, The White Company began life in 1994 as a bold but simple vision by the company’s founder, Chrissie Rucker.  Her ingenious plan was to design and make homewares and clothing that were predominantly white.  They would be…

The Qatar Airways Cheat Sheet for the Cabin Crew Open Day & Assessment Day

Qatar Airways is the national airline of the State of Qatar and is one the fastest growing airlines in the history of aviation.  The carrier is a Skytrax certified 5 Star airline and now flies to more than 150 global…

Qatar Airways Chief to Lead IATA Board of Directors – One of Aviation’s Most Prestigious Governing Body’s

Qatar Airways has today revealed that its outspoken and larger than life chief executive, Akbar Al Baker will take over the helm of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – One of the aviation’s most prestigious organisations.  His one year…

Qatar Airways Up’s Its Business Class Dining Game: Now Allows Pre-Orders On Select Flights

Qatar Airways has launched a new service for Business Class passengers, allowing them to pre-order their preferred meal up to 24 hours before departure on select long haul flights.  The service will be limited to flights departing from the airline’s…

Claims: Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways Have Made Huge Financial Losses. Accused of ‘Accounting Gimmicks’

An adjunct professor at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. has accused both Etihad and Qatar Airways of “accounting gimmicks” in their annual financial results. Rob Britton, who teaches two specialized MBA electives at Georgetown, claims the two airlines have “cooked the…

What’s So Wrong With Wanting Flight Attendants to ‘Look Good’?

A few weeks ago, the outspoken chief executive of Qatar Airways got himself into hot water over comments he made about flight attendants.  Speaking at a publicity event, Akbar Al Baker was pointing out the benefits of flying his airline…

Some Qatar Airways Flights Might Be Allowed to Fly Through Blockaded Airspace: Qatar Calls the Claim “False Information”

Qatar Airways might be able to enjoy the smallest of reprieves by a Saudi led bloc of four countries including the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.  In a press release by the official news agency of the UAE, authorities said “nine…

Qatar Airways is Selling Itself On Something That Most Airline Passengers Now Take for Granted: Safety

Air travel has long been regarded as the safest mode of transport – the industry’s tough regulatory framework often means we take the safety of travelling by air for granted.  Surely, nearly every airline in the world will operate in…

Cabin Crew Help Qatar Airways Go On An American Charm Offensive in New York City

Cabin crew representing Qatar Airways attended a special ‘Summer Reading Project’ in Brooklyn, New York City this weekend to read to over 100 children from low-income families.  It comes as Doha-based Qatar Airways is in the midst of both a…

Who Had the Best Inaugural Route Launch – Emirates, Etihad or Qatar Airways? Video’s Reviewed

The big three Gulf airlines – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are masters of self-promotion.  They know exactly how to put on a big show and they’ll do everything to gain some publicity and brand recognition. And who can blame…

Qatar Airways Boss Admits Youth is More Important than Skill and Experience for New Cabin Crew

Nowadays, we like to think airline recruiters hire new cabin crew based on their skills, experience, attitude and aptitude.  In fact, most airlines have really robust hiring practices that use behavioural and competency based selection methods.  The idea is to…

Considering Applying for Qatar Airways? You Can Rest Easy for the Time Being. Your Questions, Answered

Over the last few weeks, we’ve had quite a few concerned emails from readers who want to know whether it’s both safe and sensible to apply to become cabin crew with Qatar Airways.  It’s totally understandable – the country is…

BA Staff Walkout: Strike Breaking Qatar Airways Aircraft Arrive at Heathrow Airport

With less than 24 hours before a planned walkout by cabin crew at British Airways, nine Qatar Airways aircraft have arrived at Heathrow Airport in an attempt to break the strike.  The first Airbus A320 aircraft arrived in the UK…

Qatar Airways Marks 10 Years Flying to the USA by Lighting Up The Empire State Building

To mark its tenth anniversary of flying to the USA, Qatar Airways has lit up the iconic Empire State Building in Manhatten, New York City.  The top of the 443-metre high skyscraper was adorned in the airline’s signature colours of…

How Are They Doing It? Qatar Airways Expands with ‘Endless Ambition’ and Recruitment Confirms It

Normally, when an airline faces an unprecedented assault against its very existence it responds by slashing costs and urgently reevaluating its business.  And if any airline were to say it was in this position today, it would be Qatar Airways. …

Video: Delta Air Lines Says Gulf Carriers Coming for American Jobs – Tells Employees to Fight for Their Future

The mailroom at Congress could be about to get very busy – Delta Air Lines is imploring its entire workforce of 80,000 employees plus their extended family and friends to write to their representative.  The airline is hoping its staff…

British Airways Tries to Break Strike by Leasing Qatar Airways Jets: Likely to be Big Mistake

When news broke yesterday morning of a plan by British Airways to lease nine Qatar Airways aircraft, it seemed like a master stroke by the two airlines.  The plan was confirmed by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority who said the…

Qatar Airways Might Have Won ‘World’s Best Airline’ But Norwegian Bagged the Next Best Thing

The annual Paris Air Show is well underway and with it comes the glitz and glamour of the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017.  The yearly event is a culmination of nearly 20 million passenger surveys – 320 global airlines are…

Emirates and Etihad Aren’t Hiring: What Are the Alternatives? The Pro’s and Con’s

It’s been more than seven months since Emirates and Etihad last recruited any new Cabin Crew.  And it doesn’t look like either airline is about to start hiring again anytime soon – Emirates recently launched a glossy new careers website…

Qatar Airways Celebrates its 20th Anniversary with 22% Profit Surge in 2016/2017

Less than a week ago today and executives at Qatar Airways were making the finishing touches to their 2016/2017 financial results.  The Doha-based airline has undoubtedly had a successful year and that’s not the only cause for celebration –  The carrier…

Qatar Airways Crisis: Alot Has Happened in 5 Days – All the Latest Updates

It’s been five days since Saudi Arabia and several other countries, including the United Arab Emirates, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.  We’re still getting to grips with what this all means but it seems apparent that this could turn into…

Gulf Crisis: What Does Diplomatic Spat Mean for Qatar Airways Cabin Crew Recruitment?

The sudden escalation of tension between Qatar and several Arab countries caught us all by surprise.  We still don’t fully understand the effects that the fallout from the diplomatic spat will have on both the country and Qatar Airways.  Yet, people are already…

UAE and Saudi Arabia Close Their Borders to Qatar – Flights Grounded from Tomorrow

Qatar has reacted with fury to the cutting of diplomatic ties by four Middle East countries.  The Independent has reported that the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have accused Qatar of destabilising security in the region. In a…

News Roundup – 31st May 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Emirates has finally announced what many industry commentators have speculated upon for ages – A new First Class suite for the airline’s Boeing 777 aircraft.  And the date has been set.  The new product and a refreshed Business Class and…

Ramadan 2017: Gulf Airlines Unveil Iftar Boxes and Other Surprises

Saturday marked the start of the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan – the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which see’s Muslims around the world fasting from dawn to sunset.  In preparation, Gulf airlines have stepped up their services for…

28 Government Agencies Respond to Qatar Airways ‘Crash Landing’

Qatar Airways is internationally famed for its exceptional onboard service, award-winning Cabin Crew and luxurious aircraft.  But can a 20-year-old, government-owned airline be as safe as the legacy airlines of Europe and North America?  Or even Qantas for the matter,…

New Viral Video of Emirates Flight Attendant Performing Sex Act Causes Embarrassment

It seems like Cabin Crew just can’t stop themselves getting into hot water.  But the latest viral video of a Flight Attendant behaving (very) inappropriately works for an airline you might not expect.  And in this case, the video is…

News Roundup – 02nd May 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

It’s been an eventful week for British Airways.  First the good news – the airline plans to spend $65 million USD upgrading its space at Terminal 7, New York JFK.  But an incident onboard a BA London Gatwick to Jamaica…

Is New Zealand About to Introduce its Own Electronics Ban?

Is New Zealand about to introduce its own version of the Electronics Ban?  That’s exactly what the country’s transport minister has been considering, according to reports from Dubai.  On Sunday, Simon Bridges told Reuters that the Civil Aviation Authority “is…

News Roundup – 18th April 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Qatar Airways is pushing ahead with plans to introduce an entirely new Indian airline.  The carrier will be 100% foreign-owned, taking advantage of new rules introduced only recently by the Indian government.  But as Qatari officials plan inspections of Indian airports,…

Emirates Isn’t Being Entirely Honest with Its ‘Fly the Friendly Skies’ Pitch

The rivalry between Middle East airlines and their American competitors has just gone to a whole new level.  The Big Three U.S. carriers – American, Delta and United Airlines accuse the ME3 – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways – of…

Competition Heats Up in Dublin as Gulf Carriers Battle for Market Share

It started way back in 2005 when the Emerald Isle first got a taste of Middle Eastern luxury.  Until then, Ireland didn’t have any links between Dublin and the Middle East.  How times have changed – Now the big three…

Electronics Ban Will Likely Affect Future Cabin Crew Recruitment

We’ve been closely following the in-flight electronics ban and its likely impact on the Middle East’s biggest airlines.  Our biggest concern?  That Cabin Crew recruitment for Emirates, Etihad Airways and even Qatar Airways might be affected.  And it isn’t looking…

Electronic Gadgets Banned on Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways flights to the U.S.

Late yesterday, Royal Jordanian Airlines gave passengers a heads-up of an impending ban on electronic devices for flights from Jordan to the USA.  In a since-deleted post on the company’s Twitter account, Royal Jordanian said “carrying any electronic or electrical…

Can Cabin Crew Have Tattoos? The Rules, Policy and Exceptions

It seems like everyone has a tattoo nowadays.  Our attitude towards tattoos has become a lot more accepting in the last ten years.  But the majority of global airlines – including Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways and British Airways still have…

How to Ace the Cabin Crew Assessment Day 2017 – Tips and Advice

I’ve attended a lot of Cabin Crew Assessment Day’s for a number of major, international airlines.  Along the way, I’ve learnt what works (and importantly, what doesn’t work).  I’ve made plenty of mistakes and I too have failed on occasion.…

News Roundup – 15th March 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Turkish Airlines has had a torrid 12-months but its Chairman has delivered an upbeat assessment of the carriers future.  He hopes that Turkish will be back on track by 2018. One airline going from strength-to-strength, Qatar Airways, has said that…

True or False? The Cabin Crew Recruitment Rumours that Won’t Go Away

What are the most common Cabin Crew recruitment rumours? The cabin crew recruitment process is seemingly full of rumour and myth.  And one of the worst airlines for this mystery is Emirates.  Take a look online and it won’t be…

Report: Nobody Wants to Fly to the USA and Gulf Carriers are Worst Hit

If low oil prices, a strong U.S. Dollar and the threat of international terrorism wasn’t difficult enough, airlines and particularly Gulf carriers have got another problem to deal with.  Analysis by ForwardKeys, a travel marketing and intelligence company, has found…

BREAKING: New U.S. Travel Ban is Bad but Cabin Crew Can Relax This Time Round

President Donald Trump signed a new Executive Order on Monday morning that will ban the citizens of 6 Muslim majority nations entering the USA.  The last time this happened – just over six weeks ago – passengers were stranded in…

News Roundup – 07th February 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

What more proof could you need that global air connectivity is getting better.  Qatar Airways has just launched the world’s longest flight from Doha to Auckland in New Zealand.  The new, mammoth 16-hour flight is just one of the new…

Gulf Airlines Scramble to Protect Staff as US Travel Ban Takes Effect

Could cabin crew be banned from entering the USA? On Friday the US President, Donald Trump signed an executive order that effectively banned citizens from seven majority Muslim countries entering the USA.  As the full effects of the ban start to…

Are Female Cabin Crew at Qatar Airways Now Being Treated Fairly?

Nearly two years after a damning report by the International Labour Organisation painted a picture of widespread gender discrimination at Qatar Airways, the official UN body has closed its investigation into the airline. The ILO inquiry into the state-owned airline…

Qatar Airways Takes Top Award for Customer Service. Expansion Continues Apace as Others Falter

Qatar Airways had a glittering year in 2016, securing accolades from aviation industry bodies in multiple categories and continuing an ambitious expansion plan across the globe. And despite mounting pressures on its Gulf-based competitors, Qatar Airways has remained upbeat and shown little…

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