Qatar Airways A350 San Francisco-Doha Diverts to London

Qatar Airways A350 San Francisco-Doha Diverts to London
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Earlier this morning, a Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1000 from San Francisco to Doha diverted to London Gatwick.

Incident: Qatar Airways A350 San Francisco-Doha Diverts to London…

Qatar Airways A350 San Francisco-Doha Diverts to London
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Qatar Airways flight QR738 is a routine scheduled flight between San Francisco and Doha, with the affected rotation diverting to London Gatwick being operated by A7-ANO.

As per data from, A7-ANO is a 3.9 year old Airbus A350-1000 that was delivered to the Qatari carrier back in October 2020.

Of the A350-1000 variant, the airline has 24 of them in the fleet, of which all of them are in active service and hold an average fleet age of 4.1 years.

Qatar Airways flight QR738 departed San Francisco at 1507 local time yesterday afternoon in the direction of Doha.

When the aircraft reached UK airspace, it started descending and diverted to London Gatwick, with the flight not squawking an emergency squawk code at any point during this diversion incident.

QR738 landed into Gatwick at 0819 local time, with the aircraft due to continue on to Doha within this hour, subject to delays.

At this stage, it is unclear what the reason for the diversion into London Gatwick was for, although if the aircraft from San Francisco is continuing on to it’s destination, it is likely it was a medical diversion.

This remains a developing story. As soon as we have more information pertinent to this diversion, then we will update the piece accordingly with timestamps.

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