While most of the media attention today has been on Qatar Airlines CEO Akbar Al Baker’s choice words around American Airlines air hostesses, many seem to have missed the fact that the airline today officially launched a daily service from Dublin to Doha using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Emirates and Etihad already have twice daily services to the gulf, with Qatar bringing the total to 35 flights a week to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha respectively. For a country as small as Ireland this is a significant amount of seats to fill. Even if the majority of customers only transit through the Gulf.
A quick look on google flights show that they haven’t come to mess around either offering lower fares in September on the three routes I looked at.
Dublin – Auckland:
Dublin – Bangkok:
It will be interesting to watch this one play out. Having flown a few times to Abu Dhabi from Dublin, none of my flights have been full. The extra capacity can only affect this further and at the very least make the first leg of a journey with one of these carriers in economy more comfortable.