Tag: Qatar Airways

Unsolicited Thoughts 2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

Happy New Year! I spent much of January on the road so I haven’t yet had a chance to clear the back-log of posts. This is a (small) map tracking my flights last year – the concentration is in the Gulf because I was based out of DOH. Stats: Total number of flights: 60 Miles …

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Analysis Qatar buys 9.6% of Cathay, expanding oneworld investments

Qatar buys 9.6% of Cathay, expanding oneworld investments

On Monday morning Qatar Airways Group announced its acquisition of 9.6% of Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific for USD662M. Qatar is now the third largest shareholder of Cathay, after Swire Group (45%) and Beijing-based Air China (30%). The acquisition represents an increase in Qatari ownership of airlines in the oneworld alliance, of which it is a …

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Unsolicited Thoughts Qatar reintroduces pyjamas on 8+, may be selling upgrades

Qatar reintroduces pyjamas on 8+, may be selling upgrades

On my flight from Hong Kong to Doha on Sunday I learned that Qatar Airways recently re-introduced pyjamas for Business Class passengers on flights of 8 hours or longer, and they come with slippers. I’ve also heard rumors that the airline is selling upgrades on a first come, first served basis. As of press time, …

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Analysis The US airlines are in a Renaissance period

The US airlines are in a Renaissance period

I know, it sounds crazy. The US airlines are in a Renaissance period (and yes, I’m employing the theory of relativity). In the last couple years they’ve addressed long-standing problems with both traditional and creative solutions, all of which has helped them gain revenue and enhance the overall passenger experience. There has been consolidation from …

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Analysis Winners & losers: Grandmagate & the changing landscape

Winners & losers: Grandmagate & the changing landscape

On 29 June, thanks largely to Grandmagate, American Airlines cancelled their codeshare relationships with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, effective 25 March 2018. Grandmagate While speaking at a private dinner in Dublin, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Office Akbar Al Baker said, “You are always being served by grandmothers at American carriers.” He also noted that …

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Reviews Review: Qatar Airways A350-900 Business Class London Heathrow – Doha

Review: Qatar Airways A350-900 Business Class London Heathrow – Doha

Qatar Airways Premium Lounge London Heathrow Terminal 4 Qatar Airways A350-900 Business Class London Heathrow – Doha (QR2) After flying the Qsuite from Doha to London and enjoying a long weekend in London visiting relatives, it was time to head back to the Gulf – and to work. I was thankful that there was award …

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Reviews Review: Qatar Airways Qsuite Business Class Doha to London

Review: Qatar Airways Qsuite Business Class Doha to London

The stars aligned last night. I was scheduled to fly from Doha to Frankfurt on Qatar Airways (QR) this morning at 07.45 and connect to a British Airways (BA) flight to London Heathrow, arriving at 15.25. I received an email at about 21.00 yesterday informing me that the BA flight had been cancelled. I called …

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Unsolicited Thoughts Why Qatar Airways should launch SFO early – like, now

Why Qatar Airways should launch SFO early – like, now

Earlier this year Qatar Airways announced service to San Francisco (SFO), along with a host of other new destinations, for 2018. They also pushed back the start date of their previously announced service to Las Vegas (LAS). But recent events lead me to believe Qatar should move up the launch of San Francisco to later …

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