Qatar ex-Italy Deals to the Far East. Plus comments by their CEO.

Qatar Airways are the DFS (a furniture retailer for my non-UK readers) of the airline world in that the always seem to have a sale, or some sort of deal on.

This week an email dropped into my inbox with another one of these, advertising fares starting in Italy.

There are a couple of pretty good deals on the list that I thought were mentioning here.  Somewhat misleadingly, the email advertises starting points as being all of their Italian destinations, namely Milan (Malpensa), Rome, Venice and Pisa.  However from a quick search on Matrix, the cheapest prices are only available from Venice to Bangkok, but there’s quite a lot of variety in pricing from the different Italian starting points.

I used this search on ITA Matrix to check as the Qatar Airways website isn’t great for seeing a bunch of options at once.:

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This then gives a very handy calendar allowing us to see a month of prices at once with the ability to quickly click through.

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As you can see, the best prices to Bangkok are to be had out of Venice.

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The other Italian destinations are a few hundred Euro more.

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The other destinations that are worth mentioning are:

  • Kuala Lumpur for €1,550
    • Cheapest fare is from Pisa only
    • Milan is €1,699
    • Rome is €1,676
  • Singapore for €1,699
    • Cheapest fares are from Milan and Pisa
    • Rome and Venice are €1,850

For example, here’s the final fare:

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So once we have a combination that we would like, it’s easy to head over to the Qatar Airways website and book directly with them where it’s simply a matter of plugging in the trip details and getting the same price.

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Qatar CEO, Akbar Al Baker, comments on American carriers

Now that we’ve got the fun stuff out of the way, I felt it was important to note at the same time their CEO, Akbar al Baker’s, comments a couple of days ago in Dublin, launching their new route.

He was explaining that the average age of his cabin crew was 26 years old, so there’s no need for you to travel on these “crap American carriers”.

He then went on to say “you’re always being served by grandmothers on these carriers”.

I’ll let you all make of that what you will with the clip of his remarks below.

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