Browsing Tag: Qatar Airways

#nomnom says the Qatar Airways 747-8F

What other airline delivery event will bring up Trump and “fake news”? Where the CEO says that the US3 (United, American, and Delta) need to “shut up and mind their own business”? And where no one is surprised by any of these comments? Qatar Airways of course!

These fancy tail things are to for me! Kinda want some for my living room.

Last week, Qatar Airways took delivery of their first Boeing 747-8F, and I was excited to go. Not just to see the airplane, but to once again hear what Akbar Al Baker might say. He is known for speaking his mind and providing some entertaining sound bites.

Zodiac calls this the Fusio. Image: Zodiac Aerospace.

A couple of days ago at ITB in Berlin, Qatar Airways announced that they were finally going to do something about their aircraft not configured with the B/E Super Diamond or even the humble B/E Diamond (AKA their 777 fleet). Instead, they announced that they were also going to replace the amazing B/E Super Diamonds on their 787, A350, and A380 as well. Whatever they were going to do was described as a product rivaling first class. Thanks to Alan Joyce at Qantas, who describes the Thompson Vantage XL as a “mini-first class” my hopes were damped. A few days before ITB, I discovered some curious images on Zodiac’s website (above).

B/E Super Diamond business class seat on the Qatar A350 – Photo: Blaine Nickeson | AirlineReporter

Now, I know some people have said that B/E Aerospace is the supplier of what Qatar is installing. They might be right, and Qatar hasn’t said. It did give me a starting point to imagine what Qatar was actually doing.

This can be all yours - Photo: AirlineReporter

This can be all yours – Photo: AirlineReporter

Do you want to win a Qatar Airways Airbus A380 model? Of course you do! Lucky for you, we have one and we are looking to give it a new home. All you need to do is make sure you are following us on Twitter, and then retweet our contest tweet and you are eligible. The contest will be open until 5:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, August 26th and at that point we will randomly pick from the valid entries. Here, I will make it easy for you with the official tweet below:

Update: CONGRATS to @lauratherad for winning this sweet, sweet model! Stay tuned for our next contest!

(not so) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can you please give me more details about the model?
Yes. It is a 1:200-sized model (a.k.a. big — 14.5″ long, 16″ wingspan). I can’t tell who makes it, but it has a fancy wooden stand. It’s registration number is A7-APA, which makes it the 137th A380 built, and it first flew in June 2013. 

Wait, is this a used model?
The photo is of my personal model. The one we are giving away is brand new, in box. We can be model buddies.  

Who is eligible?
If you have a Twitter account and follow the rules — you are. I will ship it anywhere in the world to the winner. 

Does the model actually fly?
Yes. Once.

I work for Delta, can I win?
Of course. As long as you proudly display it at work. 

Does this come with subsidies?
Ha… funny, but no they are not included. 

Can you just declare me the winner?
Yes I can. Will I? No.

I don’t have Twitter?
That sucks. Sorry, you need to do this on Twitter to win. It’s free to sign up!

Can I enter on Snapchat?
What’s Snapchat?

It is a fun app where you can take photos and make yourself a princess or a panda bear that cries rainbows — that work?
Um… no. 

Can I just leave a comment on this story?
Sure… I probably will even reply to your comment, but it won’t enter you into the contest.

Can you wish me luck?
Good luck!

An Emirates A380 landing at Los Angeles Airport. Photo - Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

Emirates buying part of Qatar Airways? Yeah, no. – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

I spend a lot of time on this place called the Internet. You’ve probably heard of it. I will admit that I dwell within the fringes and depths of it to find interesting aviation rumors and innuendo. Sometimes, however, they are so comical it just takes a look at Twitter to find some comedy gold. My friend Ben over at One Mile at a Time (you’ve heard of him)… well, he posted a summary of an article that he found on a paragon of virtue called Zerohedge saying that rumors were flying that Emirates sought a majority or, at least, a large stake in their rival down the track in Doha.

One of Qatar's two Oneworld 777s taken through the window of a QR A320 photo by Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter.com

Qatar Airways has friends outside the gulf. What would they stand to gain? – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

Now that you’ve stopped laughing the first time, let me just say that again. There are rumors that Emirates wants to purchase a large stake in Qatar Airways.

Let me put this in big bold letters so that I can give you a summary: EMIRATES WILL NEVER PURCHASE A LARGE STAKE IN QATAR AIRWAYS!!!!

Well, why not? I’m so glad you asked.