Along with Asiana, Qatar Airways will be the next major carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A380. They’ll be launching A380 service to London Heathrow as of June 17, 2014, on the following flights:
Qatar 3 Doha to London departing 7:55AM arriving 1:15PM
Qatar 4 London to Doha departing 3:05PM arriving 11:50PM
I managed to snag a seat in first class on the inaugural flight (thanks to a reasonable ex-Cairo paid first class fare), so look forward to reviewing it.
Qatar Airways will be taking delivery of their first three of thirteen A380s this summer. They were supposed to take delivery of their A380s earlier, but due to the delayed opening of the Hamad International Airport they had the delivery dates delayed by a bit.
They did announce from the beginning that they’d fly the A380s primarily to Europe, so it’s no surprise that the next A380 destination for Qatar Airways will be Paris Charles de Gaulle.
Qatar Airways will be launching A380 service to Paris Charles de Gaulle as of July 3, 2014, on the following flights:
Qatar 39 Doha to Paris departing 8:10AM arriving 2:10PM
Qatar 40 Paris to Doha departing 4:00PM arriving 11:20PM
As you can see, the flight operates with a nearly identical schedule to the London Heathrow A380 service. Meanwhile the other two daily frequencies between Doha and Paris continue to be operated by A340-600s, which are also in a three class configuration.
As was the case when Qatar Airways announced A380 service to London Heathrow, there’s no award space on the A380 in first or business class to Paris. Even looking months in advance, there are two first class and four business class award seats on the other two daily frequencies between Doha and Paris, but nothing on the A380 service.
So if anyone really wants to fly the Qatar Airways A380 without booking a paid ticket, I’d probably recommend booking one of the other London Heathrow or Paris Charles de Gaulle frequencies, as I would guess they’ll increase A380 service on one of those routes before starting a third destination. After all, London and Paris are the only two destinations in the world they presently offer a first class product to.
(Tip of the hat to Joey)