Qatar Airways frustrated with delays and technical issues
Qatar Airways is not exactly celebrating the launch of its first international Boeing Dreamliner service. The first outbound UK flight left Heathrow Terminal 4 yesterday afternoon bound for Doha with a full passenger load in its 254 seats. Qatar has three Dreamliners in operation and 60 more on order, but speaking to TTG Digital, CEO Akbar al Baker expressed his frustration that he should have had the first of his new Dreamliners three years ago and was originally planning to have 30 of them in his fleet by the end of next year.
“We understand production is being ramped up now. But we have been unable to expand our frequencies because of these delays,” he said.
In addition to these problems, one of Qatar’s new Dreamliners has been grounded because of the same manufacturing faults that, as reported, recently hit one of United’s B787s. One further problem has also emerged, concerning a fuel-line assembly error.
“We have had one of our new aircraft on the ground for five days,” Al Baker explained. “For an aircraft type that has already been in service for 14 months, these kind of problems are just not acceptable.”
[pictured: Qatar Airways 787 Dreamliner; courtesy Qatar Airways]