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Qatar airways: Home and dry in tanzania

Discussion in 'Biashara, Uchumi na Ujasiriamali' started by ByaseL, Jan 27, 2011.

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    The recent newspaper advertisement by Qatar Airways (QR) to the effect that the airline is now flying twelve (12) times a week into the country was not only eye-catching but mind boggling as well. Sometime in 2006 I was amongst the guests invited at the QR’s gala to launch its operations to Dar es Salaam. Because I was skeptical at that time about QR’s prospects in Tanzania, I posed a question to the airline’s new Country Manager, Patrick Chibole if QR will also (just like Omar Air) cut its losses and run from this market just in case it finds out that the going is really tough. At that time Oman Air had quit Tanzania ostensibly for strategic reasons. In the event, Mr. Chibole was emphatic in his response assuring the travel trade gathering at this function that QR will stay the course no matter the challenges because he was certain that QR had done its homework and ascertained that it had a great chance to make it in Tanzania even when others were stuttering. Indeed Chibole’s prediction has come to pass!

    From the initial daily flights a week in 2006 to the current twelve flights a week using an A320 single-isle aircraft in a span of five years is really no mean feat and goes to demonstrate all too well that QR had done its numbers pretty well while deploying the right marketing strategies to be where it is today. Indeed, QR has earned market respect in this country, in a relatively short time, to be in the same league with the likes of Emirates, KLM and British Airways. On some occasions I have witnessed some of the Emirates Airline’s dyed-in-the-wool customers switch to QR, though reluctantly, after testing the latter’s product.

    Qatar Airways Company Q.C.S.C operating as Qatar Airways is the flag carrier of Qatar. Qatar Airways was established on November 22, 1993. The airline started operations on January 20, 1994 using a wet-leased Boeing 767-200ER from Kuwait Airways. It was originally owned by private members of the royal family of Qatar. However, it was re-launched in 1997, under a new management team. Currently, the Government of Qatar holds 50% stake of Qatar Airways and the rest is held by private investors.



    It must be recalled that Qatar was originally part of the countries that jointly owned Gulf Air (GF) in partnership with Abu Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain but the three chickened out of GF with Bahrain remaining the sole shareholder in a once upon a time regional airline powerhouse. Abu Dhabi went ahead to establish Etihad Airways while Oman strengthened Oman Air.



    Headquartered in the Qatar Airways Tower in Doha, QR just like Emirates Airlines operates a hub-and-spoke network, linking over 95 international destinations from its base in Doha, using a fleet of 96 aircraft. Over the years, Qatar Airways has grown into one of the most competitive airlines in the world. For instance, it is one of only six airlines awarded a 5-star rating by Skytrax ( a UK based aviation outfit ) along with Cathay Pacific, Asiana Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines. So the advert on the British Television channel namely SKY Tv regarding QR being a 5-star airline is not just sheer bravado or blowing its own trumpet but concrete results as a top-notch service provider.


    QR growth over the years has really been phenomenal. For example in 2010 the airline launched 10 new destinations including Ankara, Bangalore, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hanoi, Nice, Phuket, São Paulo and Tokyo and some are in the pipeline including Aleppo, Bucharest, Budapest, Brussels, and Stuttgart. Interestingly in spite of a high quality product QR offers to the market, the airline is one of the most competitive carriers from the pricing point of view. It’s no secret that QR, for example, is relatively better priced to almost all destinations from Dar es Salaam compared to its nearest competitor-Emirates Airlines.
    QR also doubles in airfreight services and to this effect it has a dedicated cargo division operating as Qatar Airways Cargo. It has dedicated services to Cairo and USA specifically flying from Doha to Chicago with a stop-over in Amsterdam, Netherlands using a B777 Freighter aircraft. In addition there is Qatar Executive which specializes in corporate jet services.



    QR is being credited as one of the worlds’s pioneering airlines when it comes to innovation. In this regard it was reported in October 2009 that a Qatar Airways A340-600 conducted the world's first commercial passenger flight using a mixture of kerosene and synthetic Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) fuel, produced from natural gas, on its flight from London's Gatwick Airport to Doha. The purpose was to experiment the viability of jet fuel made from a source not subject to rapidly fluctuating oil prices. However, some experts believe that GTL fuel is likely to remain a marginal choice due to an expensive production process. QR has joined a few elites to acquire the ultra modern Superjumbo A380 aircraft. It has five of them on order from Airbus Industries slated for delivery in 2012.


    Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines and Etihad (the three Middle East Carriers) are being accused by competitors of being successful largely because they are literally baby-carried, baby-seated and spoon fed by their Governments. That this is done through cheap fuel, cheap money via export credits, no taxation, etc, which has been going on for ages. But the Gulf airlines counter argue these allegations by pointing out that they succeed because their governments provide an environment that actually supports aviation citing Dubai as a shining example of a free trade axiom which is lacking elsewhere. Industry observers are also curious that none of these airlines is a member of any alliances namely Oneworld, Sky Team and Star Alliance. The reason being put forward for this is because the three airlines, by and large, thrive on 6th Freedom traffic rights with no need for enhanced networking with others.



    Having said that, it‘s really quite encouraging to see that the aviation market in the country is growing as we have seen the introduction of more airlines services in the last five months and now QR has put the icing on the cake by almost doubling its services in Tanzania. Indeed this underscores the fact that the country is seen as a place to be by foreign investors and it’s our hope that step by step Tanzania will claim its fair share in the global aviation marketplace.

    Byase Luteke
     
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    Idimi JF-Expert Member

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    Asante kwa mchango wako Byase, kwa kuliona hilo. Kimsingi, huduma za shirika hili ziko bomba sana, nilipanda ndege yao mwaka 2009 kwa bei rahisi sana kwenda Doha kikazi kutokea Dar na walinilaza mahali pazuri mno nilipofika Doha. Of course, huwezi kulinganisha huduma mbovu za British Airways na hawa jamaa, hazilingani kabisa.
     
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    Kabisa kaka,

    Hawa Waarabu wanajitahidi kumanage shirika..huduma BOMBA na nauli cheapest..Saa ivi nikitaka kwenda kokote naangalia kama QR inafika..lol
     
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    Idimi JF-Expert Member

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    ..Na hilo ndilo suala la msingi, regardless utapitia vituo vingapi kufika huko, cha muhimu ni huduma bora kwa gharama ndogo. Jamaa wanatisha sana. Inabidi Precision wajifunze kutoka kwa hawa Qatar, kama wanataka kushindana na mashirika mapya kama vile 540 linalofanya safari zake Mwanza kwa shilingi 199,000 kwenda na kurudi. Gharama hiyo ni pamoja na kodi.
     
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    Jamaa zetu wa ATCL wana lolote la kujifunza hapo? Hivi wapo au ndio wamekwisha kufa?
     
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    Ohoo i prefer Lufthansa :first::first:
     
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    Una hisa Lufthansa? au unajazilia points? mnaolipiwa na ofisi mna tabu sana.lol
     
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    Bure ghali,ukizidisha hata nusu kilo kwao nongwa looo....
     
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    Ukitaka kujua mziki wa kuzidisha uzito hata kidogo tu panda KLM
     
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    Kwa kweli mimi nimteja mzuri wa Qatar Airways na ninaweza kuwahakikishia kuwa service zao ziko en par na za Emirates na ndiyo chanzo kikuu cha punguzo la bei za nauli za Emirates. Qatar watafika mbali na kwa kweli wanastahili pongezi! :clap2:
     
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    QR wanakupa 30kg ujidai nazo, sasa wewe unapozidisha hizo 30kg inabidi tukuchunguze, maana hapanshaka UNA MATATIZO. Unazidisha 30kg? really? unazania lori lile? ebo!
     
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    Qatar of course yes (though you can spend hours at DOHA waiting for connection) Big up Fly540, PW wanaringa sana na bei zao za ajabu wakati hawalipi madeni kwa suppliers wao (see Daily News Page 20, 31.01.2011 bottom corner left), keep it up Fly 540 we will support you guys wengi wetu hatujafika Rock City - Fly540 kwa namna hii nitaenda....one week-end hawa PW watakoma kama ilivyokoma kampuni fulani ya simu
     
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    acha uongo kg30 gani wakati ni 20 tu,nilizani boti la ZNZ:coffee:
     
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    shosti JF-Expert Member

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    sasa hapa ndipo pazito,kg30 unazidisha nini sasa...
     
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    Emirates mziki mwingine wewe tutokee hapa huwezi fananisha na Qatar haaaa:coffee:
     
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    Nina shida ya kukudanganya ili nipate nini? Its 30kg kwa A380. Kwa ile ndogo labda ni 20kg sijui.
     
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    Mkuu, unamzungumzia marehemu!
     
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    Naona Precision walikuwa wanatubia kweli, yaani huwezi amini mwaka 2009 nimesafiri DAR-MZA-DAR kwa Tshs 380,000.
     
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    Abdulhalim, sasa hivi QR wanakupa 2 pcs za 23 kgs total 46 kgs kama KLM. Kwa uhakiki gonga HAPA. Ndege inayoongoza kwa nauli za chini kupita kawaida kwa sasa ni Turkish Airline japo wao mzigo ni kilo 30 na muda wa kuunganisha safari wakati mwingine unakuwa siku nzima ila wanakupeleka hotelini kwa gharama zao.
     
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    Hizo bei za Fly540 hope wamefanya research yao vizuri wasije wakapotea ghafla
     
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