Sunday 22 November 2020

Happy Birthday QATAR

Qatar Airways Logo.svg

QATAR B777-3DZ A7-BAE (CN 36104)

Company Slogan "Going Places Together"

Qatar Airways is the national airline of the State of Qatar. Although the airline was founded on the 22nd November 1993 operations didn't began until the 20th January 1994.
Amman was the first city served in May 1994. In April 1995, the airline's CEO Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Bin Jabor Al Thani employed a staff of 75. By this time the fleet consisted of two Airbus A310s that served a route network including Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Cairo, Dubai, London and Tokyo. During 1995, two ex-All Nippon Airways Boeing 747s were bought from Boeing. The airline then acquired a second-hand Boeing 747SP from Air Mauritius in 1996.
The airline currently has 222 aircraft and has 196 on order.
Qatar Airways has one of the world's youngest airlines fleets, with an average aircraft age of approximately five years. Narrow-body and wide-body Airbus and Boeing variants operate a mix of short, medium, and long-haul international routes.

QATAR A380-861 A7-APD (CN 160)

Due to Covid not a lot has happened in the aviation industry but in the last few years Qatar Airways has:
▪ added 11 new destinations (including Canberra, Cardiff and a return to London Gatwick)
▪ placed an order with Boeing for 200 aircraft, worth $US20.2 billion.
▪ confirmed its deal with Airbus for 37 A350-1000s – the largest commitment by any airline for the new plane.  
▪ Called into Brisbane performing repatriation flights and is looking for a permanent slot.
In May 2014 the airline became fully owned by the Qatari government. Qatar Airways has been fully controlled by the government following the buyout of a 50% stake from a former foreign minister and other shareholders. Qatar Airways Group employs more than 40,000 employee's; 24,000 of them work directly for the airline. 
Qatar is also apart of the One World Alliance
Qatar Airways owns a 10% stake in the LATAM Airlines Group and they own a 9.99% stake in Cathay Pacific.

QATAR B777-3DZ A7-BAF (CN 37661)

In 2014 the airline became the global launch customer of the first Airbus A350. In June 2015, Qatar Airways achieved a major accomplishment receiving the Skytrax Airline of the Year 2015 accolade for a third time. Last year Qatar Airways won World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff service in the Middle East at the Skytrax Awards. They announced a commitment for 100 Boeing aircraft: 10 777s, 30 787-9s and 60 737 MAX aircraft.   One of the biggest orders in the airline’s history, worth more than US$90 billion, the announcement brought the total number of aircraft the airline has on order to more than 350. 
Qatar Airways has since become one of the fastest growing carriers in the history of aviation with unprecedented expansion averaging double digit growth year on year.

                               QATAR B777-3DZ A7-BEJ (CN 60336)

Since their launch, Qatar Airways has earned many awards and accolades, becoming one of an elite group of airlines worldwide to have earned a 5-star rating by Skytrax. Voted Airline of the Year by Skytrax in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017. At the 2019 Skytrax awards held in June QATAR was voted No:1 best airline in the world.
(The 2020 World Airline Awards were cancelled due to COVID-19, and will return in 2021 at the Paris Air Show.)

The World’s Top 5 Airlines of 2019 were:
  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Singapore Airlines 
  3. ANA All Nippon Airways
  4. Cathay Pacific
  5. Emirates
Current Fleet

As of April 2020, the Qatar Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft:
Qatar Airways fleet
AircraftIn serviceOrdersPassengerNotes
Airbus A319-100LR28102110
Airbus A320-2002912132144
To be phased out by 2024
To be replaced by Airbus A321neo.
Airbus A321-200312170182
Airbus A321LR1016150166
Deliveries to begin in 2020.
Airbus A321neo4016150166
Airbus A330-200624236260
To be phased out by 2022.
To be replaced by Airbus A350 and Boeing 787.
Airbus A330-3001230275305
Airbus A350-9003436247283
Launch customer.
Airbus A350-1000182546281327
Airbus A380-80010848461517
To be phased out from 2024.
Boeing 777-200LR942217259
To be phased out by 2024.
To be replaced by Boeing 777X series.
Boeing 777-300ER4842312354
Boeing 777-810TBA
Boeing 777-950TBAOrder with 50 purchase rights.
Boeing 787-83022232254
Boeing 787-9323TBAOperate for cargo transport
Four aircraft stored at Doha
Qatar Airways Cargo fleet
Airbus A330-200F4CargoTo remain until end of 2020.
Boeing 747-8F2Cargo
Boeing 777F215Cargo

Qatar Airways has an Oryx on the tail , the national animal of the State of Qatar
The Arabian Oryx or white Oryx is a medium-sized antelope with a distinct shoulder bump, long, straight horns, and a tufted tail

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