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Old April 21st, 2014, 05:34 PM   #501
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All airlines told to operate out of new Qatar airport starting May 27


Qatar’s new state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport (HIA) will open to all airlines, including the country’s national carrier, at the end of May, according to a circular issued by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA).

airport A Doha International Airport spokesperson confirmed the information to Doha News this afternoon. The circular was issued shortly after the QCAA set a soft launch date of April 30 for 10 budget carriers.

The new memo states that as of 9am on May 27, “all airlines shall entirely move to Hamad International Airport.”

Thus far, no public statement has been made about either the soft launch or the full opening by any of the airport’s main players.

When contacted by Doha News this afternoon, Patrick Muller, DIA Executive Vice-President, said that he was unable to comment.

Similarly, a spokeswoman for the HIA steering committee said she could not confirm when the airport would open. And Qatar Airways, the airport operator, was unavailable for comment.


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Old April 29th, 2014, 08:38 PM   #502
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the Airport is opening tomorrow "hopefully" with first flight to land around 11 am Doha time 8 am GMT
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Old April 29th, 2014, 09:53 PM   #503
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Any idea which flight that is going to be?
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Old April 29th, 2014, 10:26 PM   #504
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Any idea which flight that is going to be?
Flydubai FZ15 from DXB.

IX820 to IXE via BAH will be the last flight out of the 10 airlines moving out.
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Old April 29th, 2014, 11:57 PM   #505
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Flydubai FZ15 from DXB.

IX820 to IXE via BAH will be the last flight out of the 10 airlines moving out.
I am kinda surprise Qatar isnt going to be the first airline to fly in but i know they wont move over till later on so whats the point of doing one flight. But still they will be the major airline shouldnt they do something special to open the airport?
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Old April 30th, 2014, 12:05 AM   #506
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roamers has it that the first flight will be departing from DIA to HIA and will be QR flight!
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Old April 30th, 2014, 12:21 AM   #507
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roamers has it that the first flight will be departing from DIA to HIA and will be QR flight!
It would have to be a scheduled flight, chances are highly unlikely.

UPDATE:- Qatar Airways is holding a ceremonial flight out.

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Qatar Airways QR7450, the ceremonial flight into HIA, has just landed!
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Old April 30th, 2014, 01:36 PM   #509
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Doha's new $15bn airport welcomes first flight

Doha's $15bn new international airport will be able to accommodate up to 70 million passengers annually and will eventually become a dedicated terminal for Qatar Airways, it was revealed at its official launch on Wednesday.

Hamad International Airport on Wednesday officially welcomed its first passengers with a 40-minute late Flydubai flight arriving about an hour after a Qatar Airways plane, carrying dignitaries and members of the airport steering committee made the first official touchdown to a water canon salute.

Speaking to the media after disembarking from the QA flight, the first time passengers in Doha used a concourse, committee chairman Abdul Aziz Mohamad Al Noaimi heralded the event as the result of hard work in face of challenges.

The airport missed several deadlines for opening, including the end of 2012, April 1 2013 and the end of last year as a result firstly of a redesign and later regulatory issues.

"Every day we showed patience in order to face challenges, which have made our willingness even stronger to establish this venue that will be the pride of this and future generations," Al Noaimi said.

"Today we achieved what we promised - we are opening the airport."

Al Noaimi said the airport, which he confirmed had a final cost "more or less" of $15bn, will handle 30 million passengers from day one, building up to 50 million passengers when the third stage is finished in a few years.

However he said based on the ability of the now-old Doha airport to process 17 million passengers a year compared to its capacity of nine million he believed "we can service up to 70 million passengers."

He said Qatar was currently constructing a second terminal building, referred to as phase three of HIA, and he revealed "all airlines will transfer to that building with the exception of Qatar Airlines."

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said the most recent delays were the result of "certain issues raised by authorities about international standards and those needed to be addressed."

"Those took some time, longer than expected," he said. "But, we should forget about the past and look to the future.

Al Noaimi acknowledged the delay had affected Qatar Airways' ability to expand its network of destinations but said "from now on I think Qatar Airways will go to high speed in opening new destinations."

Qatar Transport Minister Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiyi said the part of the old airport would make way for "green areas" and streets, however plans were also under consideration for using it as an aviation faculty and a base for Gulf Helicopters.

"We have some ideas," he said

Ten airlines start operations from HIA today, with remaining airlines, including the national carrier to begin operations on May 27.

The project, which was started in 2005, comprises 100 buildings, including a 600,000sq m passenger terminal with three concourses and 33 contact gates. This will eventually be increased to five concourses and 65 contact gates, including eight for the A380 in the final build-out.

The terminal also features 16 lounges, 26 art installations, more than 100 f & b and retail outlets, transit hotel, swimming pool, luxury spa, squash courts and a 4-storey catering facility that is one of the largest in the world.

Also, an on site public mosque can accommodate 500 worshippers.

"HIA is a world-class aviation hub purpose-built to cater to rapidly evolving aviation and passenger needs of the 21st century," al Noaimi said.

LINK: http://www.arabianbusiness.com/doha-...l#.U2DRPigVdH4
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Old April 30th, 2014, 02:42 PM   #510
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Qatar Airways QR7450, the ceremonial flight into HIA, has just landed!
Unlikely my ass!!
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Old April 30th, 2014, 02:51 PM   #511
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I'm so glad Hamad is officially opened.. I only envy the people who landed there first
To success and beyond DOHA <3
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Old April 30th, 2014, 04:00 PM   #512
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the first flight :
[IMG]http://i62.************/25ksfhd.jpg[/IMG]
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Old April 30th, 2014, 05:10 PM   #513
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Finally the next chapter of Qatar aviation has begun. Best of luck to the employees of the new airport and cant wait till May when all the airlines are at the new airport.
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Unlikely my ass!!
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Old April 30th, 2014, 08:21 PM   #515
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I just read somewhere (jans aviation) that the first flight was a FlyDubai B738 from Dubai and it was 45 min late.. The Qatar flight was a vip flight from the old to the new airport..

Lets see the first A380 and A350 of Qatar at the gate..
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Old April 30th, 2014, 09:21 PM   #516
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I just read somewhere (jans aviation) that the first flight was a FlyDubai B738 from Dubai and it was 45 min late.. The Qatar flight was a vip flight from the old to the new airport..

Lets see the first A380 and A350 of Qatar at the gate..
We wont see the A380 in Doha until June and wont see the A350 until December.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 09:59 PM   #517
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the first flight :
[IMG]http://i62.************/25ksfhd.jpg[/IMG]
from right, down there, im the second one
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Old April 30th, 2014, 10:17 PM   #518
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from right, down there, im the second one
Lucky you! :P
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Lucky me was burning down there 12 noon lol, all of that to greet the pilot whom is ma czn . . and i didnt xD
but i took this:
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Old May 1st, 2014, 12:02 AM   #520
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Your cousin probably flew the shortest flight ever!!! so short its faster to drive between the 2 airports.

Hoping to see more pictures soon!!!
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