Qatar Airways says no new planes in 2020 or 2021

first_imgQatar Airways has said it will not take any new aircraft in 2020 or 2021, deferring orders with Boeing and Airbus as demand diminishes amid the coronavirus crisis.The Gulf airline, which flew to more than 170 destinations with 234 aircraft as of March, has been hit by airport closures and travel bans imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19.The International Air Transport Association warned in April that air traffic in the Middle East and North Africa would plummet by more than half this year. “Quite a lot of (deliveries) will be deferred,” Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar al-Baker told Britain’s Sky News on Wednesday.”We have already notified both Boeing and Airbus that we will not be taking any aeroplanes this year or next year.”And all the other aircraft that we have on order, that were supposed to be delivered to us within the next two or three years, will now be pushed back to as long as nearly eight to 10 years.”If traffic increased to levels above expectation, the delayed aircraft could be brought forward, he said.The airline says it is currently serving around 40 key destinations.It has previously warned staff that they face redundancies and salary reductions as it attempts to defy the headwinds of the global aviation downturn.Qatar Airways was already battling financial turbulence, having posted a $639 million loss for the year to March 2019.Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast’s ‘pink bungalow’ hits the market

first_img MORE NEWS: Best Hamptons-style homes on the market It has been designed to look like the Beverly Hills Hotel. The property has become well-known in the area because of its pink and green colour scheme.“We’ve made quite a few changes to it to personalise it but it was a great home to start with,” he said. “(It) was a good quality constructed home when we bought it.”Part of personalising the home was giving it a name.“My wife decided on the name,” Mr Willems said.“There are more and more properties on the Gold Coast that have a name attached to them.“It’s kind of quirky and kind of cool.”With its pink palette and green and white accents inspired by The Beverly Hills Hotel, Mr Willems said they tried to keep its interior on trend.“We thought, ‘well, why not try to make it look a bit like that’,” he said.The sprawling residence spans three levels with a tropical lagoon-style pool taking centre stage outside. The owners gave it a fresh look after they bought it in 2017. They added some extra rooms and overhauled the colour scheme.A bridge connects the house with a poolside cabana, which is ideal for entertaining guests.The house’s ground floor is open plan with a seamless flow between the living room, dining area and kitchen.There is also a separate family room with kitchenette and sunroom.The top two levels are dedicated to five bedrooms, including the main.Referred to as the ‘master wing’, it includes a living area, ensuite with a second separate toilet as well as a dressing hall with multiple wardrobes.While the Willems family loved the house, it was mostly the location that attracted them to it two years ago. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Loud wallpaper is featured throughout the house. Even in the bathroom.“The location, Main Beach, is a triple A-grade suburb,” he said. “Having double allotments at Main Beach is also so hard to find – we’ve got the best part of 1100sq m of land.”It is for this reason they won’t be leaving the suburb when they sell the property.“We’ve got something right on the sand,” Mr Willems said. The Main Beach Bungalow is due to go under the hammer on March 14. “Whoever buys it, I don’t think they’ll ever regret it,” Mr Willems said.The property will go under the hammer on March 14 onsite at 11am. It stands out from its neighbours. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 The Main Beach Bungalow at 46-48 Peak Ave has hit the market.ITS pink facade and quirky name have become renowned in Main Beach but its impressive interior has remained relatively secret – until now.An eclectic style with bold wallpaper and luxury features characterise The Main Beach Bungalow on Peak Ave, which has hit the market.Inspired by the famous Beverly Hills Hotel, it is unlike any other property on the Gold Coast.Owner Micheal Willems, a real estate agent with Ray White Surfers Paradise Group, bought the house with his wife, Dayna, in October 2017 and revamped it.The couple added some extra rooms and overhauled the colour scheme but Mr Willems said all the hard work had already been done before they moved in. MORE NEWS: Inside $2 million fairytale castlelast_img read more

French ref under fire for crazy player kick

first_img“He says he slipped, but I know he kicked him,” Rongier told Canal+.“I know it’s very difficult to referee but you have to question them from time to time… We do that, we get a 10-match ban.”Former England striker Gary Lineker and ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas were among those to express their bemusement on Twitter.“Surely the good man will have apologised. It was spontaneous,” wrote Casillas.“Yes, for me it’s agression and red! Three matches minimum!”Share on: WhatsApp Referee Tony Chapron kicking the Brazilian Diego CarlosParis, France | AFP | Referee Tony Chapron became the pantomime villain of Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 win at Nantes on Sunday, after responding to an accidental collision with Diego Carlos by kicking the Brazilian and sending him off.In injury time and with PSG on the counter-attack, Chapron stepped across the backtracking Nantes centre-back Carlos and tumbled to the floor.The official stunned the stadium and those watching at home by kicking out at Carlos while still on the ground, in an incident reminiscent of David Beckham at the 1998 World Cup, before brandishing a second yellow card at the unfortunate player.“He told me that he had never wanted to kick the player and that he had felt himself pushed in the back,” said Nantes president Waldemar Kita after talking to Chapron.“It’s a joke. I got 20 text messages from across the world telling me this referee is a joke,” Kita told French TV. “What do you want me to say? If I speak too much I’ll be called in front of an ethics commission. We have no right to say anything.”Nantes midfielder Valentin Rongier had a good view of the incident and called for the referee to be given a lengthy ban.Chapron suspension!!! #FCNPSG #CHAPRON— Tooti-Rikiki (@MaoucheCosto) January 14, 2018last_img read more