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Old 1st May 2018, 15:31
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The first Cardiff to Doha flight took off ontime with just under 200 passengers onboard. Great seeing the A350 here! A lovely looking plane!
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Old 1st May 2018, 18:07
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Well good luck CWL with QR. A new era for the airport.

Their LF's from BHX, EDI and even MAN have not exactly been stellar of late so I wouldn't worry too much about loads, it seems that QR operate quite differently to most other airlines in this respect. BHX (my local) has been stuck in and around the 70%-80% LF area for a while now.
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Old 2nd May 2018, 08:27
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Originally Posted by ATNotts View Post
Plus "hangers on" from the tourist boards, travel industry, freight industry, key potential manufacturing cargo clients - wouldn't be surprised to see Simon Calder if he can find his way beyond the M25!
and no doubt the self appointed ‘worldwide influencer, airline analyst and travel expert’ Alex Macheras would have gotten a freebie too, as he hangs on the QR coat tails too.
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Old 2nd May 2018, 08:44
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The B787-8 aircraft which will be used on the route going forward will have 22 Business Class and 232 Economy seats.
This shows how much faith QR have in the route that they didn't decide to launch with one of their more controversial "going backwards" aeroplanes.
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Old 2nd May 2018, 13:11
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Qatar Inaugural Flight

Just out of curiosity does anyone know why the inaugural Qatar A350 flight didn't use an AirBridge rather than steps?
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Old 2nd May 2018, 13:45
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Steps had always been planned for the inaugural flight for publicity purposes (pictures of staff, local politicians on stairs etc). The 788 that operated the flight today is currently attached to the airbridge!
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Old 2nd May 2018, 22:34
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Thanks for the information it's appreciated.
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Old 5th May 2018, 12:02
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Well how is QR service going after first few days? No hitches, anectdotal good loads?
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Old 5th May 2018, 12:15
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Originally Posted by VickersVicount View Post
Well how is QR service going after first few days? No hitches, anectdotal good loads?
From what I've heard it seems to be doing ok. Cargo hold full, loads between 50 to 70% with good uptake in the business class cabin. Still early days and the route needs to mature which will take time but the early signs are positive.
Qatar and the airport also did a great video of the launch!
https://youtu.be/luuntlCstGg
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Old 6th May 2018, 12:17
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I really don't where you're getting your information but I'm afraid it's so wrong. I think you should wait until the statistics are published before you get too excited. At the moment your source is leading you up the garden path.
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Old 6th May 2018, 12:24
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Originally Posted by flyerboy View Post
I really don't where you're getting your information but I'm afraid it's so wrong. I think you should wait until the statistics are published before you get too excited. At the moment your source is leading you up the garden path.
If you have info that i don't then would you care too share it?
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Old 7th May 2018, 02:45
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Originally Posted by PDXCWL45 View Post
If you have info that i don't then would you care too share it?
Course he doesn’t, anyone who does have this info from the inside wouldn’t publish it on a forum. You only have to look at his previous posts to see that everything is doom and gloom.
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Old 7th May 2018, 06:33
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Doubt he is on the inside - he is crazy about BRS that's all.

I have no data but I believe that regional UK airports to Middle East is going to be a feature in the next few years. Just look at the capacity being offered from the main airports. Some overflow is bound to happen and should be sustainable.

Emirates, Turkish & Etihad could all be candidates for further UK regional growth only airport runway length will limit the potential.
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Old 7th May 2018, 07:03
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I think Qatar will launch Belfast eventually and i wouldn't be surprised if they launch a Yorkshire airport as well in the long term. I do think one of the attractions of Cardiff for Qatar is cargo so i believe that will be a factor in their decisions of which airports they'll look at.
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Old 7th May 2018, 13:46
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Originally Posted by shamrock7seal View Post
Doubt he is on the inside - he is crazy about BRS that's all.

I have no data but I believe that regional UK airports to Middle East is going to be a feature in the next few years. Just look at the capacity being offered from the main airports. Some overflow is bound to happen and should be sustainable.

Emirates, Turkish & Etihad could all be candidates for further UK regional growth only airport runway length will limit the potential.
No chance Etihad will be flying to regional airports in the UK anytime soon IMO. The airline is undergoing cut backs worldwide including EDI and with the bad investment choices it made i cant see any signif expansion from them any time soon. Qatar and Turkish are best bet for regional airports with suitable aircraft.

I hope Qatar do well at Cardiff.
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Old 10th May 2018, 11:50
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The 1.5 million passengers mark has been reached.
www.cardiff-airport.com/news/2018/05/10/cardiff-airport-hits-1-5m-milestone/
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Old 15th May 2018, 11:10
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First Qatar diversion was this morning due to fog. It diverted to BHX and the outbound operated from there.
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Old 15th May 2018, 11:52
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Some very odd movements on the Qatar schedule/booking system currently.
I first looked at the website timetable which is only showing 5x weekly CWL-DOH as of the beginning of November (Mo, Tu, Th, Fr, Sa) up to the end of March. (Nothing bookable after that point). Wasn't this route supposed to be daily after mid-June onwards throughout the Summer and next Winter?
Then I decided to look for some test-bookings on the Qatar website and I can only seem to book direct flights from CWL-DOH 3x weekly (We, Fr, Sa) from now until 18th June, and then 4x weekly (Mo, We, Fr, Sa) onwards through the Summer until November.
From the 29th October it seems to go 3x weekly (Mo, Fr, Sa) through the Winter...
On the days where it's not going direct it is giving me the option of going via EDI with flybe.

Has anyone any insight into whats going on? If this is the case that the flights have been cut then my trip to Oz in November to and from CWL on a Thursday is going to be royally screwed...
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Old 15th May 2018, 13:36
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Looking fine on my computer, daily flights on the Qatar booking website. I really do not think there is a problem. Try again.
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Old 15th May 2018, 14:27
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Originally Posted by supermarine View Post
Looking fine on my computer, daily flights on the Qatar booking website. I really do not think there is a problem. Try again.
Then it's time to get a new computer.
Were you looking at the timetable maybe? Try booking a direct flight on the Qatar website on the 7th August, 9th August or 12th August..... these days do not have direct flights and instead offer a 1-stop via Edinburgh with Flybe.
Like I said, after the 18th June there are only 4x direct flights to DOH a week.
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