Qatar Airways A380 Delayed Until October 2014

On Friday I posted about how Qatar Airways announced a further month-long delay to their scheduled A380 service, from August 1 to September 1, 2014.

Qatar’s A380 has already been delayed by a lot. Originally it was supposed to be delivered early this year, but due to the delayed opening of the Hamad International Airport, they had to postpone that (since the old airport couldn’t accommodate the A380). The revised inaugural flight was supposed to be mid-June, and they’ve had rolling delays ever since:

Well, this didn’t take long — Qatar’s A380 has been delayed a further month, until at least October 1, 2014. Per airlineroute.net:

QATAR Airways continues to adjust its inaugural date of planned Airbus A380 service on Doha – London Heathrow. Based on schedule update on 06JUL14, The newly-revised date is now scheduled on 01OCT14, instead of 01SEP14.

Although further changes remains highly possible, current inventory listing shows all 3-class of service are open for reservation (based on Doha departure), on/after 01OCT14. For the month of September 2014, QR003/004 is operated by Airbus A340-600 aircraft.

This is now a minimum of a three and a half month delay, apparently due to the “fine tuning of the interior.” This means the A380 will be sitting on the ground in Toulouse for months without earning any revenue, so you’ve gotta wonder whether Airbus or Qatar is footing the bill for this delay.

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Qatar Airways A380 first class bathroom

I’m really quite curious what’s causing this. My suspicion has been that Qatar is trying to spruce up their first class product after Etihad announced their new amazing A380 interior, and Emirates announced that they’d match. At the same time, that doesn’t seem like something that could be done in a matter of months.

What do you think is causing Qatar’s A380 delays?

Comments

  1. DRAMAAA! Qatar Airways is becoming the Kenya Moore of the airline industry. Full of drama, kinda flashy, a little crazy and offering very little credibility. The next time they give a postponed date for the a380, just add another month….and another…and another…

  2. @ Reine — Preach! I’m about ready to say “bye Felicia” to my hopes of flying the QR A380…

  3. Airbus and the interior manufacturers have been doing this for a very long time and have their internal checks before delivery, so I think the chance of there actually being any discrepancies with what was ordered is slim to none. My money is also on Al Baker wanting to change specs after the fact.

  4. I agree with A.S. I’m sure Airbus et al. have delivered the planes exactly as ordered. Qatar is just scrambling to improve their (rather lackluster) first class in the wake of the Etihad announcement.

  5. All A380 deliveries are falling behind look at BA, Asiana etc.. and the PR department getting ahead of realality.

  6. People say in Europe, it might be linked to the negotiation of more landing slots in Europe for Qatar, and they are using the delivery of A380 as a retention.
    Remember they said a few weeks ago they would stop ordering Airbus planes until they got more slots in Europe…

  7. Unless it’s really related to Airbus/European government shenanigans, I hope Qatar owners take notice and stop treating Al Baker like he can do no wrong. The airport was years behind schedule (and still isn’t fully up & running) and these A380 delays are making Qatar look very unprofessional. Perhaps they can wet lease some from Emirates? 😉

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