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Qatar's Airbus A380 heading to London, Paris in early 2014

By David Flynn     Filed under: Airbus A380, Qatar Airways, Doha

Qatar Airways will fly its first Airbus A380s to London and Paris when the Gulf carrier takes delivery of its first superjumbos early next year.

The inaugural services from Doha will be followed by other "popular routes, especially in slot-constrained airports" the airline says.

Qatar has 13 A380s on order, and will use the superjumbos to bolster its growing fleet of Boeing 787s; Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is also eyeing off the long-range Boeing 777X, saying "We are talking with Boeing about this airplane and will soon make a decision."

Read: The 777X – Boeing's next big bird

The upper deck of Qatar's A380 will include eight ultra-luxe first class suites and 52 business class seats, with a lounge area separating the premium cabins from a smaller economy section at the rear.

The lower deck will be allocated entirely to economy class, with total count of 517 passengers across all three classes.

Read: Airbus supersizes the A380 superjumbo

Bakar has ensured that the new Doha International Airport, which is owned by Qatar and slated to open at the end of this year, will include a series of A380 gates so that passengers can board the aircraft from both its upper and lower decks.

This is part of Bakar's goal to maximise each aircraft's flying time and achieve a minimum connecting time of just 30 minutes between flights.

Built on 2200 hectares of mostly reclaimed land, the $15 billion airport will include a dedicated terminal for the sole use of first class and business class passengers.

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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

 

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1 on 27/6/13 by moa999

30min turnaround on an A380.....

seriously.

1 on 27/6/13 by watson374

No, 30 min connections.

2 on 27/6/13 by Mal

Watson's correct, Akbar wants 30 minute connections between flights, so you arrive on the one from Perth for example and can make your onwards leg to London in 30 minutes. The reason the fast double-deck access to the A380s is good for this is so that they can not only get everybody boarded faster but they can get them off the incoming planes faster and get the cleaning crews in behind them ASAP and then get them out again. Akbar is notorious for saying that planes don't make money when they're sitting on the ground!

 

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