September 9, 2021| 183 0

THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL FLIGHT BACK TO KABUL

A Qatar Airways B777-300/ER (Registration A7-BEO) had arrived in Kabul earlier today carrying aid. It departed from Kabul for Doha, Qatar with passengers, including a large group of foreigners on board. As the last plane carrying the US soldiers left Kabul on August 31, the US barred all civil aircraft from flying over the Afghanistan air corridor without prior authorization unless permitted.  “Due to both the lack of air traffic services and a functional civil aviation authority in Afghanistan, as well as ongoing security concerns, US civil operators, pilots, and U.S.-registered civil aircraft are prohibited from operating at any altitude over much of Afghanistan.”  FAA statement As the airport was left non-operational after the US pullout, the Taliban sought technical help from Qatar, which emerged as a key player post the US-led evacuation efforts. Kabul Airport Operations is Getting Restored Qatari and Turkish technical teams have helped restore operations at the airport, which was damaged during the chaotic evacuations of tens of thousands of people to meet the US troop withdrawal deadline of August 31. “This is a historic day in the history of Afghanistan as Kabul airport is fully operational. We have been faced by huge challenges … but we can now say that the airport is fit for navigation,” he said. The airport is “about 90 percent ready for operations but its reopening is planned gradually” Mutlaq al-Qahtani, Qatar’s special envoy to Afghanistan A Charter Flight Al-Qahtani earlier said the Qatar Airways plane would be the first international commercial flight from Kabul airport since American forces left at the end of August. “Call it what you want, a charter or a commercial flight, everyone has tickets and boarding passes,” al-Qahtani said from the tarmac, adding that another flight would take off on Friday. “Hopefully, life is becoming normal in Afghanistan.” Alex Macheras, the aviation analyst, told Al Jazeera that it was a charter flight. “This is not a commercial flight whereby the airline is selling tickets to paying passengers … as part of a schedule,” he said, “Instead the airline has been paid by the government, which in […]

September 9, 2021| 199 0

Scores of Westerners, including Americans, fly out of Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Some 200 foreigners, including Americans, left Afghanistan on a commercial flight out of Kabul on Thursday, the first such large-scale departure since the U.S. and other forces completed their frantic withdrawal over a week ago. The Qatar Airways flight to Doha marked a breakthrough in the bumpy coordination between the U.S …

August 10, 2021| 184 0

Qatar Airways Enhances Africa Presence With Two New Destinations

Qatar Airways is continuing to press its commitment to serve the African market as it announced on Sunday the launch of flights to two new destinations via a flight from its superhub in Doha to Lusaka, Zambia, and onwards to neighboring Harare, Zimbabwe. The airline has significantly grown it is Africa reach with so far starting six new destinations …

June 9, 2021| 180 0

QATAR AIRWAYS HALTS A350 DELIVERIES WITH PAINT ISSUE

Qatar Airways has paused deliveries on Airbus A350 aircraft, citing a flaw in which surfaces below the paint are degrading  “at an accelerated rate.” The Gulf carrier told SamChui.com that it would  “ground certain aircraft until the condition and root cause can be understood and corrected.”  However, all A350 aircraft will be monitored and i …

May 27, 2021| 111 0

Qatar Airways CEO Sees Huge Potential In Indian Market

In an exclusive interview with Simple Flying, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker shed light on his views on the Indian market. As the second third-largest aviation market globally, India remains a key priority for Qatar Airways. Moreover, the carrier is also looking to partner or even invest in a leading Indian carrier to bolster its position. Wise Ind …

March 24, 2021| 158 0

Qatar Airways Boeing 777 Suffers Tire Damage Departing Doha

A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300 returned to Doha on Wednesday after suffering tire damage on departure. The plane had flown over 2,000 kilometers when the pilots made the decision to head back. The aircraft landed safely around five and a half hours after departing. Pilots suspect burst tire or a bird strike Simon Hradecky first reported the incident …

March 23, 2021| 207 0

Airbus A380 Operators: Which Airlines Are Left?

As airlines plan their future after a tough year, there is one aircraft type going missing: the Airbus A380. Several carriers have announced the superjumbos retirement in recent months, leaving its future in jeopardy. So what airlines are left operating the A380? Are they currently in service? Let’s find out. Emirates Starting with the airline with t …

February 20, 2021| 115 0

The Value Of An Airbus A380 Has Dropped By 50% Amid COVID-19

Established aircraft appraisal company IBA stated in a press release earlier this month that the market value of an Airbus A380 has been the worst affected of all current-generation widebody aircraft. The combination of large-scale groundings and the upcoming end-of-production has driven market values down by over 50% for aircraft of all ages. Let’ …

February 8, 2021| 97 0

Which Airlines Fly The Largest Boeing 787-8 Fleets?

The Boeing 787 is a revolutionary widebody aircraft, offering exceptional efficiency and passenger comfort. The smallest variant of the aircraft, the 787-8, was the first one built and known as the original Dreamliner. So which airline operates the largest fleet of the smallest 787? ANA The launch operator of the Boeing 787 program, Japan’s ANA is th …

February 3, 2021| 165 0

Qatar suspends Sarajevo, Skopje flights until next winter

Qatar Airways has shelved plans to resume operations from Doha to both Sarajevo and Skopje during the summer of 2021. Services to both cities were suspended in March of last year and were initially to be restored on October 25, 2020, before being delayed until late March of this year. However, all ticket sales have now been halted until the start o …

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