Airline’s new home launches new age

At 9 am local time in Doha, Qatar Airways (QR) will move to the new Hamad International Airport as well as commence flight operations into the brand spanking new mega airport, which was built to accom

Airline’s new home launches new age

At 9 am local time in Doha, Qatar Airways (QR) will move to the new Hamad International Airport as well as commence flight operations into the brand spanking new mega airport, which was built to accommodate future air traffic growth and provide a state-of-the-art home for the world’s 5-star airline.

Qatar Airways connects the Eastern African airports of Entebbe, Kigali, Nairobi, Kilimanjaro, and Dar es Salaam to Doha, and from there into a growing number of destinations around the world.

Passengers of QR can look forward to a completely new transit experience when flying via Doha, with the facilities of the new airport already lined up to capture major global awards come the next award season. Passengers flying out of Doha on First or Business Class – out of East Africa presently only Business and Economy class are available on the A320 used on the routes – can look forward to some of the best lounges available anywhere in the world. Economy class passengers also will find wide open spaces and shopping facilities ready to rival Dubai which has always prided itself as one of the best offerings for airline passengers.

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In June this year, the airline will take delivery of their first Airbus A380, which will be deployed on the route to London Heathrow as one of 5 daily scheduled flights from Doha, while the soon-to-follow second such aircraft will be operating on the route to Paris before additional deliveries then allow Qatar’s national airline to further spread its wings into the world.

QR, launch customer of the Boeing B787 Dreamliner in the Middle East, will be a global launch customer later this year for the latest Airbus aircraft, the A350 XWB. Now in its 17th year of operation, the airline has more than 300 aircraft on order, presently flies 134 aircraft to 140 destinations around the world, and is the only one of the major Gulf airlines to have joined a global alliance, oneworld, of which it instantly became a lead member owing to the airline’s standing with Skytrax, the global rating and ranking system.

All the best for this major logistical challenge to Qatar Airways and their staff who no doubt in 24 hours will look back at having accomplished this Herculean task with the success associated with the name of Qatar Airways. Happy landings to all passengers from Eastern Africa at the new Hamad International Airport, come tomorrow.

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