BA Doha Cancellations to December 2018

British Airways has cancelled its daily flight between London Heathrow to Doha until September 2018. Here are options for affected passengers.

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Cancellation of London Heathrow – Doha

British Airways continues to cancel its daily flight between London Heathrow and Doha until for “operational reasons”.

BA123 is cancelled from London Heathrow to Doha until Friday 30 November 2018.

BA122 is also cancelled from Doha to London Heathrow from until Saturday 1 December 2018.

No specific reason has been given for the cancellations other than “operational reasons”.

It is understood that the Boeing 777 which operates this route is being used to cover other routes which use the Boeing 787 fleet which is currently undergoing maintenance to their engines.

A number of Boeing 787 flights to Los Angeles, San Jose California and Tokyo Narita have also been cancelled.

Given this route has been subject to very extensive cancellations over the past 12 months further cancellations, if not its complete suspension, are likely.

Update Tuesday 21 August 2018: The cancellation period has been extended to Saturday 27 October 2018 for the outbound flight BA123 and Sunday 28 October 2018 for the inbound flight BA122.

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BA Doha Cancellations March – July 2018

British Airways has cancelled its daily flight between London Heathrow to Doha from late March through to July. Here are options for affected passengers.

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Cancellation of London Heathrow – Doha

In what will feel like Groundhog Day for many readers, British Airways is to cancel its daily flight between London Heathrow and Doha from late March to early July for “operational reasons”.

BA123 is cancelled from London Heathrow to Doha from Sunday 25 March 2018 to Saturday 30 June 2018.

BA122 is also cancelled from Doha to London Heathrow from Monday 26 March 2018 to Sunday 1 July 2018.

No specific reason has been given for the cancellations other than “operational reasons”. It is understood that the likely reason is that the Boeing 777 which operates this route is being released to cover other routes which use the Boeing 787 fleet which is currently undergoing maintenance to their engines.

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BA London – Doha cancellations December 2017

British Airways has cancelled its daily flight between London Heathrow to Doha throughout December and into January. Here are options for affected passengers.

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to cancel its daily flight between London Heathrow and Doha for December and early January for “operational reasons”.

The affected flight numbers are BA123 and BA122.

BA123 is cancelled from London Heathrow to Doha from Friday 1 December to Sunday 14 January 2018.

BA122 is also cancelled from Doha to London Heathrow from Saturday 2 December to Monday 15 January 2018.

No specific reason has been given for the cancellations other than “operational reasons”. It is understood that the likely reason is that the Boeing 777 which operates this route is being released to cover other routes which use the Boeing 787 fleet which is currently undergoing maintenance to their engines.

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BA London – Doha cancellations November 2017

British Airways has cancelled its daily flight between London Heathrow to Doha for six days in November. Here are options for affected passengers.

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has cancelled its daily flight between London Heathrow and Doha for six days in mid-November for “operational reasons”.

The affected flight numbers are BA123 and BA122.

BA123 is cancelled from London Heathrow to Doha from Tuesday 14 November to Sunday 19 November 2017.

BA122 is also cancelled from Doha to London Heathrow from Wednesday 15 to Monday 20 November 2017.

Normal service should resume on this route from Tuesday 21 November 2017.  No specific reason has been given for the cancellations other than “operational reasons”. This could be either aircraft or flight / cabin crew shortages.

Update: There are many further cancellations throughout December and into January.

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BA123 & BA122 London – Doha cancellations July & August 2017

British Airways has continued to cancel its daily flight between London Heathrow to Doha during July. Here are options for affected passengers.

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British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has continued to cancel its daily flight between London Heathrow and Doha due to industrial action by cabin crew.

The affected flight numbers are BA123 and BA122.

BA123 is cancelled from London Heathrow to Doha from Monday 17 July to Wednesday 30 August, having already been cancelled during all of July to this date.

BA122 is also cancelled from Doha to London Heathrow from Thursday 20 July to Thursday 31 August.

Normal service should resume on this route from Friday 1 September.

Given that this route has already suffered extensive cancellations this year, it does leave the question as to the long term viability of the route for BA.

BA has a rebooking agreement with Qatar Airways (which is a fellow Oneworld alliance member and a 20% shareholder of BA’s parent company International Airlines Group).

If your flight is cancelled you have the option of rebooking on to one of Qatar Airways’ five daily flights from London Heathrow to Doha up to three days before or after your original date of travel.
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BA123 & BA122 London – Doha cancelled 1 – 17 July 2017

British Airways has cancelled its daily flights between London Heathrow to Doha for a period of sixteen days between Saturday 1 July to Monday 17 2017. Here are options for affected passengers.

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British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways has cancelled its daily flight between London Heathrow and Doha for a period of six days between Saturday 1 July to Friday 7 2017.

The affected flight numbers are BA123 and BA122. BA123 is cancelled from London Heathrow to Doha from Saturday 1 July to Thursday 6 July. BA122 is cancelled from Doha to London Heathrow from Sunday 2 July to Friday 7 July.

Update 4 July: The period of cancellations has been extended to Tuesday 11 July for BA123 and Wednesday 12 July for BA122.

Update 5 July: The period of cancellations has been extended to Sunday 16 July for BA123 and Monday 17 July for BA122.

Update 13 July: The period of cancellations has been extended yet again and are likely to continue for the remainder of July.  Given the long duration of cancellations this does raise the question of the viability of the route for BA, as it cannot sustain a route without a reputation for reliability.

It is highly likely that this is connected to planned strike action by “Mixed Fleet” London Heathrow cabin crew on these dates. As the industrial action is planned to from 1 July to 16 July, there is the possibility of further cancellations.   Here is a list of additional London Heathrow cancellations due to strike action.

BA has a rebooking agreement with Qatar Airways (which is a fellow Oneworld alliance member and a 20% shareholder of BA’s parent company International Airlines Group).

If your flight is cancelled you have the option of rebooking on to one of Qatar Airways’ five daily flights from London Heathrow to Doha up to three days before or after your original date of travel.
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BA cancels Doha from Friday 17 – Monday 20 February 2017

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British Airways has cancelled its daily flight from London Heathrow to Doha (and the return flight from Doha on the following day) for a period of four days from Friday 17 February to Monday 20 February 2017.

The affected flight numbers are BA123 and BA122.

The reason cited for the cancellation is “operational reasons”. It is highly likely that this is connected to planned strike action by “Mixed Fleet” London Heathrow cabin crew on these dates.

BA has a rebooking agreement with Qatar Airways (which is a fellow Oneworld alliance member and a 20% shareholder of BA’s parent company International Airlines Group).

If your flight is cancelled (at the time of writing the flight is not cancelled on all days on ba.com though it has notified the travel trade of the cancellations) you have the option of rebooking on to one of Qatar Airways’ five daily flights from London Heathrow to Doha.
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Qatar Airways opens up London-Doha-Adelaide from 2 May 2016

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Qatar Airways Logo (Credit: Qatar Airways)

Just a couple of weeks after Qatar Airways announced that it is to fly from Doha to Sydney the airline continues its expansion in the Australia market, the with the launch of a daily flight from Doha to Adelaide from Monday 2 May 2016.

This is Qatar Airways’ fourth destination in Australia after (as mentioned above) Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Qatar will fly to Adelaide using its latest Airbus A350 aircraft, operating in a two class (business and economy) configuration.

The aircraft comprises 36 seats in business class in a 1-2-1 configuration, featuring 80″ fully-flat beds and 17″ HD in-flight entertainment screens, and 247 seats in economy, each 18-inches wide in a 3-3-3 configuration, with up to a 32″ pitch. Each individual economy seat features a 10.6″ in-flight entertainment screen. Wi-Fi is also available in all classes.

Flight QR 914 Depart Doha 20:55 – Arrive Adelaide 16:20
Flight QR 915 Depart Adelaide 21:30 – Arrive Doha 04:50

As Qatar Airways is a member of the Oneworld alliance, members of other Oneworld alliance frequent flyer programmes will be able to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles on this route.

Qatar Airways acquires a 9.99% stake in IAG

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International Airlines Group – Aer Lingus, BA, Iberia, Vueling

Interesting news breaking this morning, and proof that aviation is never dull.

International Airlines Group has confirmed in announcement to the stock exchange that Qatar Airways has acquired a 9.99% stake in International Airlines Group.

The news has been welcomed enthusiastically by IAG CEO Willie Walsh, citing the fact that Qatar Airways has recently joined the Oneworld alliance and British Airways has recently started co-operating with BA on areas such as codesharing on Qatar routes from Doha to Asia.

Willie Walsh also cites the opportunity for further commercial co-operation between Qatar Airways and IAG mber airlines.

There is certainly scope for greater collaboration. For example, BA still serves Doha via a stop in Bahrain and the two airlines could explore a revenue sharing joint-venture on routes to and beyond Doha, as BA has with other Oneworld alliance partners such as American Airlines and Japan Airlines.

At the moment there are no changes to the board structure of IAG. Should Qatar Airways wish to increase its stake in IAG, under EU ownership rules, it would be capped at 49%.

Qatar Airways is not the first Middle Eastern airline to invest in European aviation as Etihad Airways has taken equity stakes in a portfolio of airlines such as Air Berlin, Aer Lingus, Alitalia and Air Serbia. Etihad also has a codeshare relationship with Air France KLM. Emirates has so far eschewed taking equity stakes in other airlines.

Finally, it is also noteworthy that Qatar Airways has invested in IAG at a time when it’s share price is at an all time high, above 550p. IAG’s share price has previously hit lows of around 110p.

Qatar Airways launches all business class London Heathrow – Doha flight

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Qatar Airways Logo (Credit: Qatar Airways)

We have to admit to being a little surprised by Qatar Airways’ plans to launch an all business class flight from London Heathrow to Doha, from 15 May 2014. This will complement the airline’s five daily services between the two cities.

That one of the “Middle East Three” carriers is adding capacity to London Heathrow is not unexpected. It’s one of the largest business and premium travel markets in the world and the Middle East carriers have generally been able to pursue an unfettered expansion in the UK, unlike, say, Germany.

Nor it is unusual for an airline to launch a scheduled business class only service. BA has its own all business service from London City to New York JFK, for example.

However, given how sought after Heathrow slot pairs are for relatively small new entrants, it is little unusual to see a valuable slot pair used for a 40 seat all business class service.

We can only deduce that, aircraft availability issues aside, Qatar wishes to pursue high margin business travellers over the volume that a larger aircraft could provide.

Flight QR16 will depart London Heathrow at 9.55pm and arrives into Doha at 6.40am (well suited for business travellers flying only to Doha).

Flight QR15 will depart Doha at 2.50pm and arrives into London Heathrow at 8.25pm (not quite so well suited for point to point business travellers).

This service will no doubt be attractive to those able to take advantage of it. For completeness, it’s also worth adding that as Qatar Airways is a member of the Oneworld alliance, members of Oneworld frequent flyer programmes will be able to earn and redeem their respective frequent flyer miles on this flight.