Monday, September 3, 2007
Qatar Airways has released details of its Winter 2007-08 timetable which sees numerous changes all across its network.
The main highlights are as follows :
IAD - upgraded to daily B 773ER (2 class configuration) effective January 1st 08.
LHR - capacity reduced to daily A 346 + daily A 332 + 7 weekly A 333
ISB - frequencies reduced from 3 weekly A 330s to 2 weekly A 333s.
LHE - capacity reduced to 2 weekly A 332s.
MAN - capacity increased to 6 weekly A 333 + weekly A 332
DEL - frequencies increased to 6 weekly A 332s + 2 weekly A 333s.
HKG - capacity increased from daily A 332 to daily A 346.
DAC - frequencies reduced from 8 weekly to daily A 330 flights.
JED - capacity increased to 5 weekly A 343s (ex SQ aircraft).
DXB - frequencies increased from 5 to 8 daily nonstop flights.
IKA - frequencies increased from daily A 320 to 10 weekly A 320s.
CDG - effective Dec 12th, capacity increased to 9 weekly A 333 + 2 weekly A 332
ZRH - capacity reduced to 4 weekly A 332 from 2 weekly A 333s + 2 weekly A 332.
MUC - capacity reduced to 5 weekly A 332s + 2 weekly A 333s.
ARN - new 4 weekly nonstop flights to be launched effective Nov 19th using an A 319LR.
IST - capacity increased to 1 weekly A 333 + A 332 + A 321 each respectively.
ALG - capacity increased to 4 weekly A 332s from 4 weekly AB6s.
RUH - capacity reduced to 3 weekly A 332s.
MHD - frequencies increased from 2 to 3 weekly A 320s.
RGN - frequencies increased from 4 to 5 weekly AB6s.
MNL - reduced from 10 to 9 weekly A 330s.
It seems weird that QR is reducing capacity to Northern Pakistan and DAC especially between Nov-Jan which is the pre & post Hajj-Eid season when all flights bound for the Gulf are pretty much full.
Its good to see RGN-Yangon increased as that is a niche market which if handled correctly can be profitable.
What is definitely unjustified is sending the A 346 to HKG as the capacity of QR's 3 class A 332 or A 333 is more than enough for this route which in any case isn't a good performer for the airline.