Qatar Airways on the roll as more A380’s are due to join the fleet


(Posted 23rd October 2014)

With Airbus A380 deliveries to Qatar Airways now progressively rolling out, has the airline announced plans to add a second A380 frequency to London Heathrow later this year. Presently does QR fly 5 times a day to LHR, one A380 service, three B787 services and one special all business class flight on an A320.

Next in line for the A380 however will according the information received be Paris CDG and from January 05th next year Bangkok, showing how routes with very high demand, and in the case of limited slots like at London, the A380 is the best choice to up seat numbers on the fast track.

The Qatar Airways A380 First Class cabin features eight suites on the upper deck in a 1-2-1 configuration. Each seat offers a 90” pitch with a fully lie-flat bed, 26” HD in-flight entertainment screen and direct aisle access. The First Class cabin also offers features exclusive spa-like bathrooms with luxurious amenities to ensure passengers enjoy a comfortable and leisurely flight.

The Qatar Airways A380 Business Class cabin features 48 seats on the upper deck, also in a 1-2-1 configuration, with an 80” full flat bed, 17” HD in-flight entertainment screen and direct aisle access.

There are two Economy Class cabins on the Qatar Airways A380, with 56 seats on the upper deck in a 2-4-2 configuration, and 405 seats on the main deck in a 3-4-3 configuration. Each Economy Class seat is 18.5” wide with a 32” pitch and features a 10.6” in-flight entertainment screen.

The upper deck also features a spacious inflight lounge offering Premium passengers an escape from the typical airplane environment, which is unique to the A380.

Another key feature of Qatar Airways’ A380 service is its in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity for all passengers – allowing them to send emails for work, surf the web, or stay up-to-date with their social network.

Said the airline’s CEO Mr. Akbar Al Baker when making the announcements yesterday: ‘Bangkok is one of the most popular destinations for travellers around the world, and we recognize the importance of offering convenience coupled with our five-star service to passengers flying to Bangkok from Doha’s Hamad International Airport. Thanks to its popularity we have witnessed a steady growth in terms of the number of passengers flying to Bangkok over the years. Additionally, the number of Thai passengers who travel with us to destinations around the world has also increased significantly. Therefore, we are very much looking forward to kicking off the new year by introducing our new A380 aircraft to Bangkok and providing these passengers with our signature service’.

Much to look forward to for QR’s passengers from Eastern Africa, where the airline operates daily services to Entebbe and Kigali and multi daily flights to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

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