Bloomberg: “Qatar Air Boss Apologizes for Saying CEO Job Must Be Held by a Man”

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Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker who just started his one year tenure as the chairman of the IATA’s Board of Governors gave very unfortunate remarks at a press conference on Tuesday (and not for the first time).

Qatar Airways CEO

Mr. Akbar Al Baker made it very clear that it would be impossible for a female to lead Qatar Airways because it is very challenging position.

British Airways Qatar Airways Substitutions For Kuwait, Muscat & Delhi + Up To 140,000 Avios Compensation Per Downgraded Segment

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British Airways made an application to CAA back in early May (read more here) to wet lease three Airbus A330 aircraft with crews from Qatar Airways due to Rolls Royce engine issues.

Qatar Airways A330

Today, the airline has issued an advice on which routes and when these three aircraft will operate. As there will be no First Class or World Traveler Plus cabins and fewer Business class seats too, many passengers will be downgraded. British Airways has issued guidelines for refunds and compensation for involuntarily downgrades.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Massive Qmiles Devaluation May 27, 2018

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Qatar Airways made an announcement the other week about changes to the Privilege Club (read more here) that would also include award chart changes on May 27, 2018. The airline didn’t give any advance notice, however, what these changes or how drastic they might be.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1000

Privilege Club mostly/close to doubled the required Qmiles that award now require on its flights in addition to the segment fee of $25/$50/$75 for economy/business/first that was disclosed earlier.

Qatar Airways Ends Qbiz Program Effective May 23, 2018

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Qatar Airways today emailed its Qbiz program members that the program is discontinued basically effective immediately on May 23, 2018. Qbiz members have until May 17, 2019, to redeem their existing Qmiles balance.

Qatar Airways Qbiz

Qbiz is program for small business that get rewarded for tickets purchased for their employees. Qbiz members earn Qmiles for these tickets that in turn can be used for award tickets.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club More “Enhancements” Effective May 27, 2018

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In the spirit of the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan, Qatar Airways today announced “enhancements” to its Privilege Club frequent flier program that will take effect on May 27, 2018.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1000

Privilege Club members are now required to pay a redemption booking fee that is PER SECTOR and the number of Qpoints earned (Qatar’s version of elite qualifying miles) is adjusted to the type of fare and length of the flight.

Qatar Airways & Ramadan (Doha Drying Up!)

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The Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan is about to begin and starts affecting Qatar Airways passengers on Wednesday or Thursday May 15/16 and ends on June 14, 2018.

Qatar Ramadan

Qatar’s lounges in Doha will become entirely DRY and many flights to/from Muslim countries where alcohol beverages would be otherwise served are not during this time.

Should BA Allowed To Wet Lease Non-EEA Registered Aircraft With Crews From Qatar Airways (Again)? Send Your Comments To CAA!

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Flight Global was reporting earlier today (access here) that British Airways had filed an application with the CAA to wet lease three Airbus A330 aircraft from Qatar Airways with crews for June 1 – September 30, 2018-period.

Qatar Airways A330

BA had similar arrangement with Qatar Airways while back when its Mixed Fleet flight attendants were striking and several single aisle planes from Doha were brought in to operate short-haul flights.

British Airways May Lease Planes From Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways’ Akbar Al Baker was in Wales yesterday to open a new route to Cardiff and seems to have broken news about British Airways possible wet leasing planes from its shareholder that has some excess capacity at the moment due to blockage.

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British Airways operates Boeing 787 planes with Rolls-Royce engines that need some emergency maintenance. Qatar Airways provided short-haul planes with crews to BA during the mixed fleet strikes in 2017.

Qatar Airways Up To 40% Off 72-Hour Sale For Travel Through December 10, 2018 (Book April 27 – 29) + Double Qmiles + 50% Qpoints Bonus

Qatar Airways has launched new sale (seems to be a rerun of the one two weeks ago) that is valid for travel through December 10, 2018, with some market specific blackout dates that also comes with double Qmiles and 50% Qpoints bonus!

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Visa Weekend Deals April 27 - 29 2018

You must use VISAWKD promotional code when you make the booking and pay using a Visa credit or debit card. This offer is valid for bookings made April 27 – 29.

Qatar Airways Triple Miles In Business, Double In Economy & Up To 10% Off For Travel Through December 15, 2018 (Book By May 12)

Qatar Airways has launched new offer for Le Club AccorHotels members that is open for everyone.

Qatar Airways Triple Miles In Business, Double In Economy & Up TO 10% Off For Travel Through December 15, 2018 (Book By May 12)

Members can get up to 10% off, earn triple Qmiles for travel in premium cabins (business or first) and double awards miles in economy. There is also bonus miles offer for those that sign up for Privilege Club and make their first booking online.

Qatar Airways Up To 40% Off 72-Hour Sale For Travel Through December 10, 2018 (Book By April 15) + Double Qmiles + 50% Qpoints Bonus

Qatar Airways has launched new sale (they haven’t had one for a while) that is valid for travel through December 10, 2018, with some market specific blackout dates that also comes with double Qmiles and 50% Qpoints bonus!

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Visa Weekend Deals

You must use VISAWKD promotional code when you make the booking and pay using a Visa credit or debit card. This offer is valid for bookings made until April 15.

Compensation Clinic: Qatar Airways Flight Delay Of More Than 8 Hours Due To “Operational Reasons”

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This week the Compensation Clinic-case comes from a Qatar Airways flight delay on a trip from Hong Kong to Paris that got delayed in Doha by more than eight hours due to “operational reasons”.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1000

Remember that you can always , send a message via or use and include photos too. We’ll try to cover a Compensation Clinic case here once a week, every Sunday.

REVIEW: Qatar Airways Premium Lounge Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok

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Qatar Airways opened its new Premium lounge in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport in February and I spent there few hours on Thursday morning last week when flying to Doha. The lounge is open fpr Qatar Airways flights to Doha and closed between 9AM – 430PM.

This is a Premium Lounge reserved only for Business and First class passengers on Qatar (other Oneworld airlines business and first class passengers can access it too). You cannot access it based on the Oneworld status you may have and remember to adhere to rather strict dress code.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club “Brand Identity” Refresh

Qatar Airways was teasing this week for several days on its Privilege Club page that something new was coming on Wednesday.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Update

Turn out that this “something new” was much noise about practically nothing. Privilege Club has updated its brand identity and supposedly made online functions easier, although in fact booking awards and applying for upgrades are in fact more difficult today.

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