Qatar Airways hoping to launch Belfast flights, says the CEO

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I was in Cardiff yesterday to watch the First Minister of Wales and the Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive inaugurate the new service from Cardiff to Doha.  It is currently operating five days per week but will increase to daily from June.

All services will use a new Boeing 787 in a 22 Business / 232 Economy configuration.

The Qatar Airways CEO gave another of his famously unscripted speeches.  One of his plans is to build a five-star hotel in Cardiff – there are no five-star hotels at present – as part of the airline’s nascent hotel arm.  This would, as he said clearly, be dependent on ‘support’ from the First Minister.

The most interesting item of note was the stated wish to launch services from Belfast as the next UK departure point.  Given that the airline is about to start flying to Malaga, Luxembourg, Valletta, Antalya and Tallinn, Belfast doesn’t seem that crazy.

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  1. I priced a one way flight using miles from London to Belfast and it shows a price of £27.30 + 4000 Miles in economy. However when I price it as a return it’s £35 + 8000 as I expected. Anytime I’ve booked a one way fare in the Uk before it’s priced as £17.50. Has something changed?

    • Weird. If you’ve earned 1 Avios in the past year it should be £17.50.

      • Definitely earned some plus big amex transfers. Going to run it through another family account and see if that works

        • Same on the other account although there the only activity has been Amex transfers. Is it a rolling 12 months activity, calendar or something else?

  2. Graham Walsh says:

    OT Has a new Plat always been 35k points?
    Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £2,000 within the first three months of Cardmembership

  3. Billy says:

    Doesn’t the IAG dispute relate to EI moving from BFS to BHD?

    BFS claims it was a breach of contract. Not sure if it was resolved.

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