Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Inaugurates Atlanta-Doha Service

Qatar Airways Inaugurates Atlanta-Doha Service

Qatar Airways announced the launch of new daily, non-stop service between Atlanta and Doha.
The airline will operate the service using Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, although it operated its inaugural flight with an Airbus A380. The Doha-based carrier filled 517 seats on the first flight, the capacity for the plane.
Flights will depart Doha’s Hamad International Airport at 9:05 a.m. and arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 4:55 p.m. From Atlanta, flights …

Lobby Bar – May 20: Naughty Hotels, Illegal Brewing Practices, and the Secret to Immortality


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Short and sweet. Jonathan Spira goes to see “Do I Hear a Waltz?” as part of the Encores Great American Musicals series at City Center. While the performance usually lasts a couple of hours, this one was roughly eight seconds long, with a lone thespian taking the stage and reciting one brief phrase, “no, you hear a Tango,” to much …

Photo Essay and Virtual Tour: Qatar Airways A350

Qatar Airways' new Airbus A350 visiting JFK

While Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has been the stuff of which headline writers dream about, Airbus’ new A350 XWB has quietly taken flight over the past year.
There are currently 21 in service, and the launch customer for the A350 was Qatar Airways, which currently flies the new plane from Doha to three cities in the United States, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia . Other operators (in order of appearance) include Vietnam …

Qatar Airways Raises Stake in British Airways Parent IAG

Qatar Airways Raises Stake in British Airways Parent IAG

Qatar Airways increased its stake in International Airlines Group, the owner of British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus for the second time in three weeks.
The move closely follows Qatar’s announcement last month that it held almost 12% of the company and brings its total holdings to 15.01%. Qatar initially acquired 9.99% in January 2015.
British Airways, Iberia, and Qatar are all members of the oneworld alliance.
European Union regulations limit foreign ownership …

Will the World’s Longest Flight Please Stand Up?

A United 787-9 will operate the longest scheduled flight by a U.S. carrier and the longest flight flown by a Dreamliner

Many airlines are currently vying for the title of offering the “world’s longest flight,” but few if any will come close what was the longest ever commercial route: the now-discontinued Newark-Singapore route operated by Singapore Airlines. The flight covered 9,535 miles (15,345 kilometers) and had a scheduled flight time of 18 hours 50 minutes.
Singapore also held the number two slot, linking Singapore and Los Angeles, California, with an 18-hour 30-minute …

Lobby Bar – March 11: BMWs of the Future, Zero Gravity in Copenhagen, and Cooking in Thin Air

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Juvenile Joe. Jonathan Spira flies from Heathrow to Copenhagen while eating a Danish. The flight attendant was out sick, so an 8-year-old boy was called out of his seat to assist with the in-flight service. He was doing fine until something possessed him to try to open the emergency exit mid-flight, upon which he was relieved of his duties.
Bar none. …

Qatar Airways to Begin Airbus A350 Service to Philadelphia in 2016

Qatar Airways to Begin Airbus A350 Service to Philadelphia in 2016

Qatar Airways announced that it will become the first carrier to fly the Airbus A350 to the United States. The carrier’s A350 ferry flight is scheduled to land at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 2 p.m. local time.
The aircraft will be put into use on the airline’s daily route from Hamad International Airport in Doha to Philadelphia International Airport on January 1 2016.
The plane is equipped with …