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Old January 19th, 2011, 04:54 AM   #2441
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Well .. list prices may not match the actual price paid by airlines, but if they jack up the list prices and then give the airline's discount percentage due to client relationship, it's still more expensive than before.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 05:31 PM   #2442
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A more detailed article on Qatar Airways

Source:http://www.businesstraveller.com/new...nta-a380-order

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Qatar Airways set for “imminent” A380 order
Published: 19/01/2011

Local media reports quote Qatar’s CEO Akbar Al Baker as saying that the carrier will soon place a “large” order for A380 aircraft. Al Baker was speaking at the launch of Qatar’s new route to Bucharest and Budapest.

Website arabianbusiness.com quotes Al Baker as saying that “We have five A380s on order and imminently we will order another large number of the same aircraft”. There has been no official confirmation from Qatar’s head office, possibly as any such announcement may be held back for this year’s Paris Air Show in June.

Rivals Emirates increased its A380 orders by a further 32 aircraft last year, taking its total orders of the superjumbo to 90, and while it’s unlikely Qatar would announce an order of this magnitude, it is logical that the carrier would look to increase its future A380 fleet for use on routes such as London, Paris, New York and possibly destinations in Asia and Australia.

Meanwhile Qatar Airways has launched flights to Budapest and Bucharest this week. The carrier is hedging its bets by routing the Budapest service via Bucharest, and using Airbus A320s rather than larger aircraft at its disposal, but readers can expect the service to split into stand alone routes if successful.

The current schedule see flight QR943 departing Doha at 0815 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, landing in Bucharest at 1220, before taking off again at 1320 and landing in Budapest at 1345.

The return leg QR944 leaves Budapest at 1500, landing in Bucharest at 1725, then departing the Romanian city at 1825 and landing back in Doha at 2355.

Neither of Qatar’s main Middle Eastern rivals Etihad nor Emirates currently serve either of these destinations.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 05:39 PM   #2443
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They've said the same thing back in November 2010 :

Qatar Airways may buy more Airbus A380 superjumbos
25 November 2010
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Gulf flag-carrier Qatar Airways is considering ordering more A380 superjumbos from European planemaker Airbus, the airline's chief executive Akbar Al Baker said Thursday.

"We have five A380s on order. Definitely, we will consider increasing this order," he told a news conference in Paris, in a welcome bit of good news for the manufacturer after recent engine problems with its twin-deck flagship.

Al Baker did not say how many more A380s, which are built at Airbus's main plant in the southern French city of Toulouse and sell for around 340 million dollars apiece, depending on the equipment installed.

Qatar Airways is one of the world's fastest growing airlines, expanding its fleet from four to 94 aircraft in 13 years, and with orders for 200 more from Airbus and its US rival Boeing worth 40 billion dollars (30 billion euros).

It is also a key early customer for the A380, the world's largest passenger jet and the key to Airbus' future.

The first of its five A380s is scheduled for delivery in 2012, by which time Qatar's capital Doha will have a new airport capable of handling the massive jet, which can carry more than 800 passengers.

Three weeks ago, an A380 operated by Australia's Qantas was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its four Rolls-Royce jet engines exploded.

Qantas and Singapore Airlines grounded their fleets for modifications but the Australian airline now says that it has resolved problems with the A380's Trent 900 engines and they will return to the sky on Saturday.

The blast dented the reputation of the A380 as Airbus warned that the incident might delay planned deliveries if Rolls-Royce engine supplies were to be disrupted as a result.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 05:42 PM   #2444
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Maybe thay finally made up their mind because last year the said that they ''may''buy more A380s. This year, they say they are ''set'' to buy.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 05:45 PM   #2445
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.. so they "finally made up their mind" but can't pinpoint exactly what they want? Isn't that a bit contradictory?
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Old January 19th, 2011, 05:48 PM   #2446
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.. so they "finally made up their mind" but can't pinpoint exactly what they want? Isn't that a bit contradictory?
Maybe...................Let just see what their next move is. I wonder how ''imminent'' the A380 order will be........................
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Old January 19th, 2011, 05:52 PM   #2447
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Here's another update from December, where QR noted they have not stopped considering Rolls Royce engines for its A380s :

Qatar Airways CEO sticks by Boeing 787 orders but warns about further delays
19 December 2010

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Qatar Airways' CEO voiced confidence in Boeing Co. over its delayed 787 program Saturday, but warned the fast-growing carrier may scrap orders for the planes if development problems drag on.

Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker noted, however, that there are no current plans to amend Qatar Airways' multibillion-dollar orders for 30 787s and options for 30 more.

"If there is another slip, yes we will have no alternative" but to consider canceling orders, he said. "But as of today, I still have confidence in Boeing."

Al-Baker has been one of the most vocal critics of 787 delays. He wouldn't say how long the carrier would hold out before canceling its orders if delays continued.

He made the comments Saturday as he opened a new arrivals terminal at Doha International Airport to accommodate the airline's rapid growth. The facility, part of a $1 billion revamp of the airport, is meant to provide additional space until a new airport opens in 2012.

Test flights on the 787, also known as the Dreamliner, were halted last month because of an electrical fire, adding another wrinkle to a development program that is running well behind schedule.

Boeing is aiming to deliver the first 787 to Japan's All Nippon Airways early next year -- nearly three years later than originally hoped. That target is widely expected to be pushed back further.

The 787 is made mostly of composite materials designed to make it lighter and more fuel-efficient than other planes of the same size.

Qatar ordered its 30 confirmed 787s in 2007 along with 27 Boeing 777s. The combined value of that package was $13.5 billion at list prices, though bulk buyers often negotiate steep discounts.

In Doha, al-Baker said Qatar Airways is on track to turn a profit for the second consecutive year. He said the airline is generating "a very hefty profit" but didn't provide specifics.

That has prompted the carrier to begin laying the groundwork for an initial public offering of its shares, he said. Al-Baker said the IPO could be launched as early as 2012 and involve a sale of as much as a 50 percent stake in the company.

Qatar Airways is growing rapidly, adding 18 new planes and 10 new destinations to its network so far this year. The carrier has ordered five of Airbus' A380s, with the first expected for delivery in 2013.

Al-Baker said Qatar Airways' board is mulling further orders for the double-decker planes but didn't provide details. "You will hear it when we announce" it, he said.


Additional orders for the mammoth plane would be a welcome vote of confidence for Airbus.

A blowout of an A380 engine aboard a Qantas flight on Nov. 4 raised questions about the safety of the planes, and in particular engines made by Rolls-Royce, one of two jet manufacturers for the aircraft. Engine Alliance, a joint venture between GE Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney, also makes engines for the plane.

The Qantas incident has not stopped Qatar Airways from considering Rolls-Royce engines for its A380s, al-Baker said.

"We have absolute confidence in both engine manufacturers -- GE and Rolls-Royce," al-Baker said. "I'm sure Rolls-Royce has already identified the problem and are fixing it, and we will still consider Rolls-Royce engines for our airplanes."
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Old January 19th, 2011, 09:14 PM   #2448
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Old January 20th, 2011, 03:18 AM   #2449
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Just hope the A380 becomes quickly the standard for intercontinental travel. I am sick of B747. Too old.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 11:53 AM   #2450
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Just hope the A380 becomes quickly the standard for intercontinental travel. I am sick of B747. Too old.
What about the new 747-8I? I'm truly looking forward to fly on the new Jumbo when entering service in Lufthansa's livery.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 01:40 PM   #2451
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Old January 20th, 2011, 02:01 PM   #2452
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Just hope the A380 becomes quickly the standard for intercontinental travel. I am sick of B747. Too old.
All a matter of setup. Apart from that: What's the difference between an A340 and an A380?
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Old January 20th, 2011, 04:03 PM   #2453
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Source:http://airlineroute.net/2011/01/12/ke-380-s11/
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Korean Air Announce Airbus A380 Operation Details
20110112 by jimyvr

Korean Air’s has revealed planned Airbus A380 operation. As of 19JAN11, Korean Air inaugurates A380 aircraft service on Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita KE701/702 service.

Planned Airbus A380 routes, specific period and operational days, subject to change, as follows:

Seoul Incheon – Bangkok
KE651/652 01JUL11 – 30SEP11 Daily

Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong
KE607/608 10JUN11 – 03JUL11 Day x1 04JUL11 – 31JUL11 Day x34 01AUG11 – 29OCT11 Daily (HKG departs the next day)
KE603/604 01JUL11 – 01OCT11 Daily

KE607/608 was supposed to be inaugurated on 31MAY11, but postponed till 01JUN11 in 2nd Edit. This is now postponed to 10JUN11.

Seoul Incheon – Los Angeles
KE017/018 eff 01OCT11 Daily

Seoul Incheon – New York JFK

KE081/082 02AUG11 – 31AUG11 Day 246 eff 01SEP11 Daily

Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita
KE701/702 10JUN11 – 30SEP11 Daily
KE705/706 02OCT11 – 29OCT11 Day 357

KE701/702 was to receive A380 service from 01JUN11, but postponed in 3rd edit
In 2nd edit, planned very first inaugural flight on KE703/704 on 01JUN11, canceled
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^ So what is this airlineroute source? Is it some official press release service from Korean Air?
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^ So what is this airlineroute source? Is it some official press release service from Korean Air?
Well it seems to be giving accurate infomation........................
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Well it seems to be giving accurate infomation........................
So how do you judge it is accurate when you don't know where the information is coming from?
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