Qatar to start Dublin-Doha next summer but the proposed route is ‘at the mercy of Airbus’

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  • Planning to use B787 on Dublin-Doha from May
  • Need A350 delivieries to get back on track to release aircraft
Akbar Al Baker CEO of Qatar

Akbar Al Baker CEO of Qatar

Qatar will operate Dublin-Doha direct daily from June 12 next year, according to CEO Akbar Al Baker, but he said that the airline is “at the mercy of Airbus.”

Speaking to Travel Extra on the margins of the CAPA ACTE Conference in Amsterdam, Akbar said Dublin-Doha would be operating by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but “to release that aircraft I need delivery of my A350s.”

Qatar has received just three of the 12 A350s it has on order from Airbus and recently moved orders to Boeing.

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Baker said he needs to be convinced about the merits of the NEO, and may be cancelling his orders.

The route will be included among eight scheduled by the airline to launch in 2017 and 2018 and to be announced in the coming weeks

Seven other destinations were announced: Canberra, Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Medan, Tabuk and Yanbu.

Previously announced destinations are: Auckland, to start 5 February 2017, which will be the world’s longest commercial flight; Sarajevo, Skopje, Libreville, Nice, Chiang Mai and Douala.

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