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QR to launch BNE on March 29

Old 26th Mar 2020, 11:38
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QR to launch BNE on March 29

From AusBT, sorry, it's 'ET' now:

"Qatar Airways to fly to Brisbane from March 29; plus Sydney goes triple-daily, with twice-daily flights for Melbourne & Perth"

https://www.executivetraveller.com/n...rways-brisbane

That's a LOT of extra flights, obviously just for the big 'repatriation' and also taking advantage of EK and EY being grounded for the next two weeks plus SQ and CX being pretty much dead for transits. Smart cookie, that CEO sheik!
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 13:24
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Overseas travel for Australians is banned. Who are they planning to have on these flights?
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 14:07
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Australians trying to get home, or other citizens wanting to leave Australia (no ban there).

Interesting to see how many QR aircraft are airborne along the Gulf. No slow down for them it appears.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 16:41
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I hope the authorities have a plan for all these returning Australians that’s more than “please self isolate”. Enforced quarantine is required.

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Old 26th Mar 2020, 16:53
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Leave them all in Darwin......
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 22:50
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If there is a loss making route to be had, Qatar is there.
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 03:34
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Scotty just announced. From tomorrow night, anyone inbound will be quarantined by the States, in facilities to be overseen by the states. Defence Force will be positioned to these hotels or buildings to ensure compliance.

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Old 27th Mar 2020, 03:51
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Well I have 2 relatives marooned here in Australia since EK cancelled their flights. They are now flying out from Brisbane for the UK on Qatar tomorrow. There must be 1000's like them.
Mind you Qatar are not doing it to do anyone a favour. Cost them $5000 one way economy.
At least they will get home.
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 07:05
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Qatar: Corona Express

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Old 27th Mar 2020, 07:40
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Mind you Qatar are not doing it to do anyone a favour. Cost them $5000 one way economy.
Is this profiteering or what!! I hope those that paid this extortionate amount don't get their flight cancelled at the last minute and have to wait months for a refund.
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 11:26
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Germany sends plane to rescue stranded tourists from Nepal

A rescue flight arranged by the German government on Friday picked up hundreds of tourists who had been stranded in Nepal since the Himalayan nation went on lockdown earlier this week, the Press Association reports:
The Qatar Airways charter flight took off with 305 people on board, said Deo Chandra Lal Karna, an official at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.

Immigration official Sagar Acharya said most of the passengers were German nationals or had some connection to the country.

The airport reopened only for the flight, which did not bring any passengers to Nepal.

Nepal, home to the highest mountains and hiking trails, is popular with tourists during the spring season when the weather is favorable for climbing.

Up to 10,000 tourists are believed to be stranded in Nepal since the government ordered a complete lockdown that halted all flights and road travel to prevent the spread of the virus. Businesses and government offices were also shut.

Nepal has only three confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including one who has recovered.
I am guessing they will make a bit on this charter
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 14:10
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Originally Posted by crewmeal View Post
Is this profiteering or what!! I hope those that paid this extortionate amount don't get their flight cancelled at the last minute and have to wait months for a refund.
Its about time flights are priced properly, not $200 specials so every bogan can fly.
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Old 28th Mar 2020, 23:03
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Of course Qatar are still flying. The CEO even stated that Coronavirus doesn’t exist! I really feel for the employees, as I have no doubt they would be “exposed” to the virus. Since this is a rumour site, rumour is that quite a few of the employees have caught the virus with some in hospital in critical condition.
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Old 30th Mar 2020, 04:53
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Originally Posted by angryrat View Post
Of course Qatar are still flying. The CEO even stated that Coronavirus doesn’t exist! I really feel for the employees, as I have no doubt they would be “exposed” to the virus. Since this is a rumour site, rumour is that quite a few of the employees have caught the virus with some in hospital in critical condition.
So it is just QR that are exposing their employees to an unacceptable risk?
Not QF who just operated numerous flights to the U.S and A full of passengers off the Ruby Princess cruise ship? One flight had over 300 pax off the boat on board.
QR have announced 48,000 extra seats for the purpose of repatriating Australian Citizens. No one other than Australian Residents can board the plane. Of course you would be to stupid to accept that such a move has been done with full co-operation with the Australian Government, and maybe even at their request.
A list off flights with KNOWN affected people on board features Qantas very heavily, along with EK, SQ and QR.

Out of curiosity, what is the source of your "rumour"? Again, it is only QR that have crew members that have contracted the virus, not any other airline. And there is NO chance they could have contracted it anywhere else, except on board an aircraft.
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Old 30th Mar 2020, 12:03
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IBE8720 - could not have put it any better. Clown is being polite to this fool.
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Old 30th Mar 2020, 20:04
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Ha! The rumour comes from Qatar employees. Your CEO did say that Coronavirus doesn’t exist.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1641011/business-economy

Qatar is one of the few companies flying while the virus is hitting peak. Unfortunately, like most airlines they are running out of cash and are doing their best to stem the tide. I don’t buy into we are doing this for the Aussies.

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/mobi.../idUSKBN21G07Q

QF employees were pissed about the Ruby Princess and it highlights the damage that is being done by irresponsible companies (cruise company) and irresponsible people who travel while sick.

I’m not really worried about people being repatriated back to Australia from the perspective they’ve had every opportunity to get home. If they are overseas now, we’ll too bad. I’m sick of passengers telling us on outbound flights “oh the Australian Government will come get us” if we can’t get home. Selfish and ignorant attitude. Listen to them whine now they are being put into hotels for quarantine because overseas travelers have been breaking quarantine on return.

Finally, I made this post because an employee was worried about their exposure, not just on an aircraft, but also during slip port and in general being out in the community. If you want to play the man and not the ball that’s your prerogative, but maybe one of your fellow employees has concerns.

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Old 30th Mar 2020, 21:33
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https://thewofa.com/2020/03/qatar-ai...=dailybulletin

"Qatar Airways is requesting financial support from the Qatari government, despite being one of the only airlines continuing to maintain scheduled commercial passenger services.

Over the next two weeks, the business expects to operate 1,800 flights despite the heavy loss of demand and other companies grounding entire fleets.

Qatar Airways has been operating some flights at 50 per cent occupancy or less and if it fills 45 per cent of seats on flights over the next two weeks it will carry about 250,000 passengers. Chief executive Akbar Al Baker told Reuters on Sunday that the carrier could soon run out of the cash needed to continue flying."
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Old 31st Mar 2020, 04:28
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A report in yesterdays edition of the Phnom Penh Post Newspaper stated 10,521 of approx. 15,000 foreigners in Cambodia signed a petition calling on Boris Johnson to fly them home. The bulk of the 10,521 are UK citizens enjoying the Cambodian weather. There are no prizes for guessing Qatar has come to their rescue. It would appear some airlines cancelled services prematurely.
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Old 31st Mar 2020, 05:35
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Originally Posted by IBE8720 View Post
So it is just QR that are exposing their employees to an unacceptable risk?
Not QF who just operated numerous flights to the U.S and A full of passengers off the Ruby Princess cruise ship? One flight had over 300 pax off the boat on board.
QR have announced 48,000 extra seats for the purpose of repatriating Australian Citizens. No one other than Australian Residents can board the plane. Of course you would be to stupid to accept that such a move has been done with full co-operation with the Australian Government, and maybe even at their request.
A list off flights with KNOWN affected people on board features Qantas very heavily, along with EK, SQ and QR.

Out of curiosity, what is the source of your "rumour"? Again, it is only QR that have crew members that have contracted the virus, not any other airline. And there is NO chance they could have contracted it anywhere else, except on board an aircraft.
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About 10 from the Air NZ London base have COVID-19, and a friend at Delta has noted they have many staff ill, including several in ICU
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Old 31st Mar 2020, 07:55
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Angryrat, where in the article does the CEO say "Coronavirus does not exist"?

NB: The headline of a newspaper from the Country leading the blockade against Qatar probably isn't a reputable source. The CEO would be far more widely quoted if he'd actually said it don't you think?
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