Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 15 Aug 2012
Total posts 67
As many will be aware, Greece had terrible bushfires with many people victims of terrible burns. The Australian medical community rallied and sent Burns doctors and nurses to provide medical treatment, when they arrived the local hospitals didn’t have the required equipment.Â
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
I suspect Australian airport staff being an outstation are contractors, not actual Qatar staff, and if the computer says no, they likely have little option.
Thanks moa999, unfortunately timelines weren’t great.
Member since 04 Apr 2014
Total posts 137
Congratulations for pulling that together on such short notice! Efforts like that need to be recognized for the help they give people in difficult situations.
Member since 07 Jan 2016
Total posts 48
It may also be worthwhile sharing your story with some of the mainstream media outlets in Athens. One of the journalists may pick up the story and seek a more detailed explanation from the local Qatar representative.
Member since 10 Jul 2015
Total posts 9
Whilst it is a great thing you've done at such short notice, you would have been well aware that the equipment was over the baggage allowance. Maybe next time, contact the airline in advance to allow them to fully understand the nature of the trip and the reason for the excess baggage.
Member since 02 Jul 2018
Well done SteveCF on your generous actions.
Member since 21 May 2014
Total posts 173
It is worth noting that airlines have removed a lot of the flexibility away from check-in staff when it comes to things such as waiving excess baggage fees. Unfortunately it is a case of if it isn't arranged for in advance, you will have situations such as what the nurse did. I doubt that QR would be the only one who would act in this manner.
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,114
Qatar Airways unfortunately adopts a strict set of procedures for almost everything and gives most employees no leeway to make decisions outside of what's 'allowed'. It's disappointing to hear that the one person who had that authority chose not to make an exception for a very worthwhile cause, however.
Member since 02 Apr 2017
Total posts 167
a) Thanks for helping in a worthwhile cause. It's great to see Australian's helping out in the world.
Member since 28 Jul 2018
Total posts 1
I'll also be interested in QR's response. My own experience of QR is that its staff are totally inflexible. While travelling on a QR J Class sector I completed a FF Application form. Some six months later I received the membership details and saw that my name was incorrectly spelled. I emailed their Customer Relations department and requested that the change (their error) be made. My request was refused and I was asked to email my passport page showing my name. Obviously this was not acceptable and I declined on the grounds of security. Various QR staff members would not move from their position, despite it being their error. Eventually when my passport only had six months validity and I was about to apply for a new one I forwarded the details to them. I was then told this this documentation was insufficient and that I would also have to forward a copy of my driving licence. It seems that their procedures are far too rigid.
For example should one want to change their name on QFF due to marriage, they are required to send proof (i.e the Marriage certificate).
Hi Dredgy, we are working to see if the airline will reimburse at the moment. Still no luck. We are looking at covering the cost and working through compliance at the moment as our industry is heavily regulated.
Member since 08 Jun 2016
Total posts 24
As with previous comments - can't change their strict 'follow the rules' mentality, so the 'post incident' actions are now key. Twitter has always been a terrific tool to get companies to sit up and take notice. Such a public forum and this is terrible PR for Qatar. Don't know if you've done that - but worth a shot if getting nowhere through official letter writing channels. Just make sure to copy a number of newspapers or journos on your post.
Member since 03 May 2013
Total posts 107
I'm currently on a trip to Europe and Middle East and flew Qatar J. Amazing in-flight and unfriendly rigid mafia like on the ground. Back to QF/EK for me which is a shame. For an all round service Qatar is average. I won't be flying Qatar again. I think for an all round oneworld/QF service Emirates(on QF paper), Qantas, Qatar in that order.
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