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Additional Details About Qatar's 787 & A380 Plans - 787 Will Serve Heathrow

Old 4th Feb 2012, 01:25
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Additional Details About Qatar's 787 & A380 Plans - 787 Will Serve Heathrow

Some additional information about the incoming 787s and A380s. I still find it strange that QR have elected to take the 800-series 787s and not the 900s. Anyone know when pilot training will begin for the 787 (perhaps a few months before arrival)? Is it true that a full 787 sim already exists at Doha? Lastly, which fleets will likely be initial sources of pilots for the 787 (i.e., previous 777 pilots or pilots from all fleets who bid via seniority)?

Here is the story from Flightglobal:

Qatar Airways is confident it will be able to launch services with its new fleet of Boeing 787-8s in mid-2012, and hopes to have five in service by the end of the year. Meanwhile the Doha-based airline expects to introduce the first of 10 517-seat Airbus A380s in 2013, to coincide with the first year of operation of the city's new international airport.

In a video interview with Flightglobal at the opening of Qatar Airways new premium lounge at London Heathrow's Terminal 4, the airline's chief executive Akbar Al Baker outlined his near-term fleet development plans, which centre on the introduction of the two new types over the next two years.

"Production has already started and we hope to receive our first 787 in June. We will take a total of five in the current year," he said, adding that Qatar plans to display the aircraft at this year's Farnborough air show in July.

Al Baker said the Dreamliners will be configured with around 240 seats, including 22 in business and "nearly 220" in economy. "We'll unveil the two seats at the ITB Berlin [travel trade exhibition] - both were specially built for Qatar Airways."

Qatar Airways will initially deploy its 787s on intra-Gulf routes to build up operational experience and then start longer flights to Europe. "Our first [European] flight will be to Heathrow," said Al Baker.

Qatar Airways currently operates a mix of Airbus A330s, A340-600s and Boeing 777-300ERs on its Doha-Heathrow route. It is about to add a fifth daily frequency.

Meanwhile the airline's first A380 is due to arrive in the second half of next year, said Al Baker, and will be the only aircraft in Qatar's fleet equipped with a first class cabin. "It will also have 42 business-class seats out of a total of 517 seats," he said.

Al Baker said that the final decision on the A380's route network has not been made. "It will be operating to routes that have slot restrictions where we need larger capacity due to the constraints on the number of flights we can operate," he added.

Here's a link to the video with Al Baker's statements:

VIDEO: Qatar CEO outlines Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 plans
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Old 4th Feb 2012, 04:14
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I was at the sim building last night, and the 787 sim is already in place. The TRE I spoke to said it is ready to be used.

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Old 5th Feb 2012, 04:31
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If Qatar get 5 787 aircraft in the first year (barring more Boeing delays), then how many 787 crew needed within 2012? What is the typical aircraft:crew ratio?

Beyond Heathrow and intra-Gulf flights, I read that the 787s could be deployed on long/thin routes to Europe and Asia. Should be an interesting fleet to watch in terms of how and where they are deployed.
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Rumour is 700+ pilots being recruited this year for ALL fleets, nothing has emerged yet as to how many are going on 787, we were told that the first few 78 crews will come from 777 and then later the majority will be from the 320. Those on the 330 will possibly go 380/350 when they arrive (380 2nd half of next year).
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