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By Penny Yi Wang

Spotted a colorful double decker bus around town? You’ve driven past a Doha Bus, one of the newest additions to Doha’s tourist scene.

Starting from this month, you can tour around the city’s most famous spots riding an open-top bus. Trundling from the airport end of the Corniche all the way to the Pearl, the route takes tourists on a tour of Doha’s past, present and future. 

Its stops include Souq Waqif, the Museum of Islamic Art, Salata Park, Katara, the Pearl, and City Center and Lagoona Malls.The bus plays a recorded commentary in seven different languages. 

Buses arrive at each stop every 20 minutes, meaning that you can hop on and off whenever you want. Tickets cost QR 180 for an adult, QR 90 for children from 5-15 (under 5s are free) and a family ticket - for two adults and two children - costs QR 455. A ticket is valid for an entire day.  

Online booking isn’t yet available, but the website lists a phone number and email address for bookings. Details here

The service is particularly targeted at passengers transiting through Doha International Airport, Fadel Mansour, Sales and Marketing Manager of Doha Bus told Doha News. The company has introduced a shuttle from the airport to the first bus stop, requiring only 30 minutes notice, he says.

Thoughts? Are you going to try it?

CREDIT: Riding the Doha Bus by Penny Yi Wang

(Source: dohanews)

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Airbus starts work on first Qatar Airways A-380 

Airbus facilities in Hamburg have rolled the first Vertical Tail Section (VTS) of the 1st Qatar Airways A-380. This will be one of the 10 jumbo jets Qatar Airways has placed an order for in 2010.

With assembly of the aircraft set to begin this month, the carrier is set to receive it’s first A-380 in early 2014. By this time the Hamad International Airport (HIA) shall be operational and ready to receive the jumbo jet.

Qatar Airways will become the 11th Airline to operate a A-380 when it receives it first one in 2014. Along with Qatar Airways in 2014 Air Austral, Asiana Airlines, Etihad Airways and Skymark Airlines are also set to launch their A-380 services.

Are you looking forward to be flying the Qatar Airways A-380?

Photo Credit: Airbus Website

History of “Amiri 1” Aircrafts

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Qatar Amiri Flight is a VIP airline owned and operated by government of State of Qatar operating worldwide charters on demand and caters exclusively to the royal family of Qatar and other VIP government staff.

Amiri 1 is the call sign of the Amiri Flight aircraft in which the Emir of State of Qatar travels across the globe.

Here is a History of how the aircraft’s and livery has developed:

The 1st Amiri 1 was a Boeing 707-3P1C delivered to Qatar in 1977 under the registration A7-AAA. This aircraft has now been retired from service.

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The 2nd Amiri 1 aircraft was a Boeing 747-SP21 was under the registration’s VR-BAT & VP-BAT. This aircraft began operations presumably early 90’s. Although not in use by the Amiri flight anymore but still in service.

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The 3rd Amiri 1 aircraft is a Airbus 340-541 registered in Qatar as A7-HHH. This is the current Amiri 1 in use and is in the national carrier Qatar Airways colors (old QR livery).image

Most probably the next Amiri 1 will be a Boeing 747-8BBJ registered as A7-HHE currently undergoing interior fittings and flying as VQ-BSK.

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The Amiri flight has recently ordered 2 Boeing 747-8BBJ aircraft’s to join their fleet.

Photo Credits:

A7-AAA - A J Best, VP-BAT - Stewart K Marshal, A7-HHH - Alexandre Dubath, A7-HHE - Matt Cawby

FAA Approves 787 battery re-design, Qatar Airways 787 to resume flights soon

Since its grounding in january due to a battery over heating causing a JAL aircraft to make an Emergency landing in Japan, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will now be returning to the skies soon.

Nearly after three months the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has approved the new re-designed battery for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The improved battery system includes design changes to both prevent and isolate a fault should it occur. In addition, improved production, operating and testing processes have been implemented. The new steel enclosure system is designed to keep any level of battery overheating from affecting the airplane or even being noticed by passengers.

"FAA approval clears the way for us and the airlines to begin the process of returning the 787 to flight with continued confidence in the safety and reliability of this game-changing new airplane," said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney.

Hope to see the Qatar Airways 787 soaring the skies soon.

Photo Credit: Matt Cawby