[HD video below]
On Thursday (4 November 2010) ASIA Travel Tips.com sat with Mr.
Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, one of the youngest and
fastest growing airlines in the world.
In the HD video interview
below, we ask about Qatar Airways recent route launches and
capacity increases to places such as
Phuket, how the airline is using these Fifth Freedom Traffic
Rights, why the Middle Eastern airlines have such small carry on
baggage allowances - 6kg in QR's case and where the expected extra
100,000 passengers to / from the Thai market per year come from.
We also ask the latest delivery date for Qatar
Boeing 787 Dreamliner as well as the
Airbus A380 superjumbo, and learn a little about what Mr Al
Baker will be unveiling at the ITB in Berlin next March.
Airways currently has a total of 5 A380s on order as well as 60
Boeing 787-8s. In total though, the dynamic airline expects to
operate a fleet of more than 120 aircraft by 2013 - of which there
Of course with all the talk of airline security
at the moment, it would be wrong to sit with the CEO of one of the
world's most important airlines and not ask for his views on
airline security, on how he feels a balance can be found between
traveller convenience and safety.
We also learn about the airline's plans to save
potentially millions, if not more, simply by getting rid of a few
of the more common items on an airline. Learn about these things
and much more by watching the HD video below.
HD Video Interview with
Qatar Airways CEO
Qatar Airways currently flies to 94 destinations
across Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific, North and South
America with a fleet of 91 aircraft. By 2013, the Doha-based
airline plans to serve 120 key business and leisure destinations
worldwide with a fleet of 120 aircraft.
The airline has orders for 80 Airbus A350s, 60
Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter
having started in November 2007. Qatar Airways is also a customer
of the twin-deck Airbus A380 Ďsuper jumboí with five on order
scheduled for delivery in 2012, by which time the New Doha
International Airport should have opened.