IATA AGM 2014: Qatar Airways delays A380 London Heathrow launch

31st May 2014
IATA AGM 2014: Qatar Airways delays A380 London Heathrow launch

Qatar Airways has delayed taking delivery of its first Airbus A380 by at least two weeks due to cabin problems, according to reports.

The first route, which was scheduled to be from Doha to London’s Heathrow Airport on June 17, has been pushed back to July 1.

The airline’s website states aircraft operating on this date will be the B787 Dreamliner, B777-300ER, A330-300 (two services) and A340-600.

Qatar Airways, which won Middle East’s Leading Business Airline Lounge at the World Travel Awards in 2014, formally announced the “highly anticipated arrival” of its first three A380s in a statement at the end of April. The carrier plans to fly the A380 to Paris and New York City as well as London.

However given the breadth of the services offered to London, which includes a new all-business class service on A319s, passengers may not be significantly inconvenienced.

Qatar Airways, which moved its operations to Hamad International Airport earlier this week, is hosting the June 1-3 gathering of more than 200 leaders from the aviation industry for IATA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) with celebrations marking 100 years of commercial aviation.


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