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A Qatar Airways flight ex route from Washington-Dulles to Doha ran into heavy turbulence that caused multiple injuries with passengers and crew and forced the flight to an emergency landing in the Azores.

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The Azores are an archipelago composed of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean about 1,360 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal and Lajes is a military airbase, as well as a commercial airport, and is operated by the Portuguese Armed Forces [click to continue…]

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Qatar Airways is still on an aggressive expansion course and just announce that eight new long haul destinations will be added to their schedule for 2017 and early 2018.

qr-a380-copyQatar throws in a variety of new destinations into the mix including to my surprise a flight to Chiang Mai, Thailand which will be the 4th Thai destination for the Doha based carrier. [click to continue…]

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Qatar Airways has launched a new premium cabin companion sale for travel between November 15, 2016 – June 15, 2017 (with some blackout dates) that must be booked by November 7.

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Qatar Airways has separate double Qmiles offer (don’t need to book this sale to qualify) for travel between November 15 – June 15, 2017. You must register for this offer by December 15 and book between November 1 – 7. [click to continue…]

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British Airways (part of IAG that is 20% owned by Qatar Airways) has entered into a Joint Business Agreement (surprise!) with Qatar Airways.

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The airlines will codeshare all flights between UK & Doha. British Airways will place its code on flights operated Qatar Airways to destinations in Africa, Middle East and Asia that the airline doesn’t serve. Qatar Airways in turn will place its code on BA operated flights to destinations in the UK and Europe (majority of which it doesn’t fly directly from Doha). [click to continue…]

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The Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has announced that they will soon offer a complimentary tourist visa for travelers of all nationalities valid for up to four days, issued upon arrival in Doha.

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So far most travelers who wish to stay in Qatar even for a limited amount of time have to purchase a visa on arrival that costs a significant amount of money unless one is eligible for the Qatar Airways Stopover package. [click to continue…]

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A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped me an email today on an issue he was having with Iberia, who refused to check his bag through Hong Kong when flying on separate tickets.

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Remember that you can always email me, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. I’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week. [click to continue…]

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Qatar Airways yesterday launched (read more here) their Travel Festival discounted economy and business class fares for travel between September 15 – June 30, 2017.

Qatar Travel Festival 10 Percent Off

The offer also comes with triple Qmiles for those that credit flights to Qatar’s Privilege Club and must be booked by September 5. Qatar Airways has now also launched a 10% off coupon code to bring the prices down a bit more. [click to continue…]

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Qatar Airways has launched a new worldwide up to 30% off sale that is applicable for both economy and business class fates.

Qatar Airways Up To 30 Percent Off Sale For Travel October 1 - December 10 2016

The offer is valid for travel between October 1 – December 10, 2016, and must be ticketed by July 19. Privilege Club members are also eligible to earn double miles for flights taken between the same period. Register for the double miles promotion on “Offers”. [click to continue…]

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Qatar Airways announced second airline share purchase this week. Taking 10% stake on Latam Airlines (read more here) was not enough. The airline decided to purchase 49% of Meridiana. Both deals are still pending.

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Meridiana is an Italian airline that has been around since the 1960’s but is relatively unknown internationally, although it uses Avios as its loyalty program currency. [click to continue…]

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Qatar Airways is on a buying spree and made an announcement today at the Farnborough Air Show in the UK that it would acquire a 10% stake in Latam Airlines, which was created with the merger of Lan (Chile) and TAM (Brazil).

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Qatar Airways already owns a 15% stake in IAG that is the parent of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. [click to continue…]