Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A380 will make its commercial debut on October 10 as the flagship flight QR001 to London, airline CEO Akbar Al Baker revealed at the delivery ceremony for its first Airbus A380 in Hamburg.

Paris will also see a superjumbo within three weeks of the London inaugural, Baker said, although he refused to confirm New York as the third city on the A380 route map.

Photo tour: Inside Qatar’s Airbus A380 first, business class

The Gulf carrier will have four A380s in its fleet by the end of this year, with six more to follow plus options to buy a further three of the double-decker jets.

Qatar expected to begin flying the A380 from June this year, but subsequently refused to accept the aircraft due to problems with the interior finish.

However, Al Baker was eager to avoid blaming Airbus for the delays, despite previously saying he would seek compensation from the aircraft manufacturer.

“The delays are not from Airbus, the delay was caused by Qatar because of our very stringent demand for additional quality” Al Bakar told journalists at the Hamburg press conference.

Al Baker also took a shot at Gulf neighbour and competitor Etihad, saying that in his new A380s “we have no Residence, no suites and no butlers, but we have class – and that’s what the whole world has been waiting in anticipation to see today.”

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David Flynn is visiting Hamburg as a guest of Airbus.

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David Flynn
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.


  • ashnic7g


    18 Sep, 2014 04:28 pm

    Qatar Airways & Class. Please. 

    Al Baker worried about EY - precisely why he's talking about them. Presumably the refresh of J product (18 months after last revolution) has something to do with this.

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  • planemad


    18 Sep, 2014 07:08 pm

    Qatar Airways 1st A380 delivery flight from Hamburg to Doha

    No member give thanks


18 Jun, 2019 05:17 am


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