If you’ve been following the drama you know that Airbus and Qatar Airways are at an impasse over the delivery of their Airbus A380s.
HEAABAKATC (His Excellency Akbar Al Bakar aka The Chief — how do you like them acronym?) wants us all to know that it’s Airbus’ fault, because they… well, he won’t tell us what they actually did. We should ask Airbus. But if Airbus lies to us, then he’ll tell us why. Rumor has it there are some “imperfections” with the interior, though there has to be more to the story, since that wouldn’t take nearly half a year to fix.
Anyway, so far the inaugural Qatar Airways A380 flight between Doha and London has been pushed back more often than a regional jet flying out of JFK during a snowstorm. Here’s a rundown of the scheduling disaster so far:
- In late April, Qatar Airways announced they’d launch A380 service to London as of June 17, 2014
- In mid May, Qatar Airways announced they’d launch A380 service to Paris as of July 3, 2014
- In late May, Qatar Airways announced they’d delay their A380 service to London until July 1, 2014
- In lat(er) May, Qatar Airways announced the A380 would be further delayed by “several weeks” due to some “fine tuning of the interior”
- In early June, Qatar Airways stopped accepting first class reservations on flights that were scheduled to be operated by the A380
- In mid June, Qatar Airways announced they’d delay their A380 service to London until at least August 1, 2014
- In early July, Qatar Airways announced they’d delay their A380 service to London until at least September 1, 2014
- In early July, Qatar Airways announced they’d delay their A380 service to London until at least October 1, 2014
Last we heard, A380 service to London Heathrow was delayed through October 1, 2014.
Via airlineroute.net, it looks like Qatar Airways has now pushed back the A380 inaugural flight to London Heathrow until October 10, 2014. As of October 10, 2014, the following daily frequency is showing an A380:
QR003 Doha to London departing 7:55AM arriving 1:15PM
QR004 London to Doha departing 3:05PM arriving 11:50PM
In and of itself that schedule adjustment isn’t significant, though I suppose it is nice that they’re announcing a delay further in advance. Beyond that, a 10 day delay seems oddly specific.
Their QR39/40 service between Doha and Paris continues to show an A380 as of October 16, 2014, though they’re not displaying any first class inventory through October 31, 2014.
Maybe it’s time we take an over/under on when The Chief actually gets his A380s?