Qatar Airways Airbus A 380 takes to the skies

Finally #1 A 380 of the worlds 5 star airline Qatar Airways took to the skies on it’s maiden flight. The aircraft which had it’s first flight is MSN 137 F-WWST off the assembly line at Toulouse.

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Soon after the first flight the aircraft was ferried to Hamburg for outfitting and painting. Soon we will get to see the super jumbo in Qatar Airways livery.

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The competitors from the middle east seen at Toulouse.

Where do you expect to see QR deploy the Super Jumbo? Thoughts?

Photo Credits: A380_TLS_A350 on Flickr

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“KitKat” to be next version of Android 4.4 says Google

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Google executive Sundar Pichai confirmed KitKat as the latest version of Android 4.4 on the company’s official Google+ page. This news comes in after ‘KeyLime’ doing the rumours as the next version of Android.

As we all are aware that all the Android operating system’s are named after desserts such as: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

Google has signed a partnership deal with Nestle as Kit Kat is it’s product worldwide. Apparently both the companies have not exchanged any money for this deal and will work on a cross promotion deal.

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Sundar says ” On my return from Asia, I was also thrilled to find this guy waiting to greet me on the front lawn — love the new #AndroidKitKat statue and can’t wait to release the next version of the platform that is as sweet as the candy bar that’s one of our team’s favorites :)”

Where as Nestle on their website have said “To mark the release of Android KitKat, more than 50 million specially branded Kit Kat bars will be available in 19 markets including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Middle East, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States”.

Qatar Airways Airbus A-380 On Course for 2014 Delivery

Here are 2 of the 10 ordered Airbus 380 super jumbo jets of the worlds 5 star airline Qatar Airways.

The first is expected to be pushed into service in Q2 2014 and hopefully the brand new Hamad International Airport will be operational by the.

Looking forward to seeing these beauties in Qatar Airways livery. The aircrafts are currently undergoing Final Assembly and The aircrafts are MSN137 which is currently on the flight line/Paint Hangar and MSN143 which will be rolled out in coming weeks.

Also assembly of Qatar Airways A380 #3 has begun at the Airbus factory in Toulouse.

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Photo Credits: A380_TLS_A350 on Flickr

Obtaining E-Gate/Smart Card in Doha

With no proper guidance or FAQ’s available online regarding the procedure to obtain E-Gate pass which helps you surpass the long lines at Doha Airport, i thought to write about the procedure.

There are 2 simple ways to attain E-Gate:

Applying for a Smart Card with E-Gate and other E-Government services

1.To obtain a new Smart Card with E-Gate and other E-Gov services you will have to head to the main Immigration and Passport controls office in Gharrafa.

2. All though you do not require any form for this but you will have to print out the form from the link below for you to get through the entrance as the cops have a different mood every other day. http://www.moi.gov.qa/PermitForm/smartCard/inputForm.jsp

3. Once you are in, make your way towards Gate 2

4. Once inside walk straight to the other where you will see a coffee stall. Right next to the coffee stall you will see a machine with a big screen and camera

5. Wait for the operator to arrive. Here you will do you finger prints, digital signature and take a new photo for your smart id

6. Once done with this go to the reception to get a token for e-gate

7. When your number is called, head to the counter and tell the personnel you want to attain a E-Gate. Also let them know if you like to add other E-Gov services

8. Remember to have a credit/Debit card on you to make the payment as they do not accept cash

9. After making the payment have a seat until your card is produced. The police officer will shout for you name when your card is ready

10. Now head to the same place where gave your finger prints to activate your E-Gate and other services. There will be a different machine to check this and someone will help you out

Adding E-Gate services on your current Smart Card (QID with a chip)

This is one of the simplest ways to get E-Gate services. If you already have an Smart Card i.e your Qatari ID with a chip on it, head to the Doha International Airport Terminal 1 where they have an E-Gate office. Ask for the personnel at the desk for E-Gate services and they will help you out. This takes about 5-10 minutes.

Fee for E-Gate:
QR 100 for one year
QR 150 for two year’s
QR 200 for 3 year’s

There will be an additional fee of QR:100 for the new ID card.

I have attached the a rough layout of where everything is inside so you don’t feel lost. Also i recommend you be there before 8:30 am (Gharaffa immigration) to get a parking spot.

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Qatar Airways A380 In Production

Finally Airbus has begun production of the very first super jumbo jet the Airbus 380 for Qatar Airways. To be registered as A7-AKA (MSN 137/F-WWST) the airframe below is undergoing production in Toulouse with expected delivery in March 2014.

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Meanwhile parts for the second airframe of Qatar Airways have started arriving in Tolouse.

 

Photo Credits: A380_TLS_A350 and Olivier Cabaret

Arabnet Digital Summit 2013

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Arabnet Digital Summit 2013 is just around the corner with 3 days of amazing networking possibilities with the spear heads of the Digital world in the MENA region which begins from June 23, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai.

This year’s ArabNet Digital Summit will feature a new and exciting segment, the Digital Showcase where participating entrepreneurs will showcase their enterprises,  products or services, and have an oppurtunity to connect with investors, media, and potential clients.

I will run a blog post at the end of each day (hopefully) with a brief of daily activities. Do keep a look out here.

You can also follow me @acepilotkhan or @Krikorianm @shivasingh @moeys on Twitter who will be tweeting live from the summit.

 

Photo: For illustration purposes from Arabnet Conference FB page.