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Aircraft Shortages Forces Qatar Airways To Reduce Flights

Qatar Airways is reducing the frequency of more than a dozen regular routes from Doha because of hold-ups in the delivery of new planes from European manufacturer Airbus (AIR.PA), an airline spokesperson said on Sunday.

Qatar Airways Company Q.C.S.C., operating as Qatar Airways, is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar.
Qatar Airways Company Q.C.S.C. operating as Qatar Airways, is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar. Headquartered in the Qatar Airways Tower in Doha, the airline operates a hub-and-spoke network, linking over 150 international destinations across Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Far East, South Asia, Middle East, North America, South America and Oceania from its base at Hamad International Airport, using a fleet of more than 150 aircraft.

The 15 affected routes include the carrier’s recently launched service to Adelaide in Australia, flights to Boston, Houston and Miami in the United States, and services to Copenhagen, Jakarta and Manchester.

“We are making selective flight cancellations in several markets … due to a delay in Airbus aircraft deliveries,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“We are minimising the impact on our passengers as much as possible, and accommodating them on other flights that suit their travel needs. The flight cancellations are taking the form of one flight per week in most of the affected markets through the summer.”

Chief executive Akbar Al Baker said last month that Qatar Airways was speaking to Boeing (BA.N) about securing aircraft to replace an order of Airbus A320neos (AIR.PA) because of problems affecting hydraulics and software.

Qatar Airways was due to receive the first of 50 A320s in December but refused to take delivery after saying the U.S Pratt & Whitney engines supplied were inadequately tested for the Gulf region’s high temperatures.

A spokesman for Airbus was not immediately reachable for comment.

 

Source: Reuters

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