Qatar Airways expands UAE network
Qatar Airways started non-stop service between Doha and Ras Al Khaimah, its fifth destination in the United Arab Emirates. Ras Al Khaimah is known to be a gateway to many of the UAE’s natural treasures, popular for weekend getaways for travellers from the GCC, and a resort destination for longer stays for travellers from China, Europe and India.
Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight arrived with a Qatar Airways delegation on board headed by Chief Commercial Officer Dr. Hugh Dunleavy. The flight was officially welcomed by H.E. Eng. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah; Mr. Mohammed Qazi, Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport; and Mr. Haitham Mattar, Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to launch our newest route in the United Arab Emirates – Ras Al Khaimah. Qatar Airways’ network expansion will undoubtedly increase the flexibility and choice for our passengers to travel to and from different Emirates in the UAE, and we look forward to enhancing passengers’ travel opportunities from Europe, Asia and the Americas to new tourist destinations in the region such as Ras Al Khaimah.”
Ras Al Khaimah is located in the northern part of the UAE, approximately 45 minutes from Dubai. With the opening of many five-star beach resorts and spas, the Emirate has quickly become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. It offers a wide range of activities such as water sports, cruises, desert camps, golf courses and mountain adventures.
Qatar Airways now offers up to 200 weekly flights from Doha to the UAE including the new four flights to Ras Al Khaimah: 105 flights a week to Dubai International Airport; 28 flights a week to Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport; 42 flights a week to Abu Dhabi; and 21 flights a week to Sharjah.
An Airbus A320 operates the Ras Al Khaimah route, featuring 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy.
Last Updated on Sunday, 07 February 2016 14:58
British Airways returns to Tehran this summer
British Airways customers will be able to take off to Tehran this summer when the airline resumes direct flights to the Iranian capital on July 14th.
The route will launch as a six-per-week service before moving to daily flights from winter 2016, giving customers even more choice and flexibility between London and the Middle East. The service from Heathrow Terminal 5 will be operated by a four-class Boeing 777.
Neil Cottrell, British Airways’ head of network planning, said: “Iran is a large and growing economy and Tehran is a brilliant business city so we are incredibly excited to be adding another gateway to the Middle East for our customers. The recent lifting of sanctions opens up exciting new prospects for Iran as a tourist destination and with its rich heritage, unique architecture and world-class food it’s unsurprising Tehran is tipped to be a popular destination for 2016.”
The airline has a long history of flying to the city and offered the first scheduled flights between London and the Iranian capital in 1946.
Tehran is one of 14 new routes British Airways will be launching this year, which include San Jose, Costa Rica, San Jose, California and Lima in Peru.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 17:45
United to fly non-stop to Singapore
United Airlines is introducing daily nonstop flights between its San Francisco International Airport hub and Singapore’s Changi Airport, effective June 1, 2016 (westbound), subject to government approval. United will be the first airline to offer nonstop service between San Francisco and Singapore, and this will be the only nonstop service to the U.S. from Singapore.
United will use the world’s most advanced passenger airplane, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, to operate the service. Measured by distance, the San Francisco - Singapore service will be the longest scheduled 787 flight operated by any airline and the longest scheduled flight operated by any U.S. carrier, at 8,446 miles.
“We are very excited about introducing nonstop flights between San Francisco and Singapore,” said Marcel Fuchs, United’s vice president of Atlantic and Pacific sales. “This long-awaited service has been made possible by the newest version of our customer-pleasing Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and will offer unique benefits to customers traveling between our West Coast hub at San Francisco and Singapore. Customers arriving to San Francisco will have dozens of options to connect to other cities across the Americas.”
With the launch of nonstop San Francisco - Singapore service, United will terminate service between Singapore and Tokyo/Narita effective June 2, 2016 (eastbound). However, United customers in Singapore may continue to choose to fly to Tokyo/Narita by using daily flights on ANA, United’s trans-Pacific joint venture partner, and to make connections at Narita to many cities in the U.S. on multiple flights operated both by United and ANA. United will maintain its daily service between Singapore and Hong Kong.
Last Updated on Sunday, 31 January 2016 15:18
Qatar Airways expands in Eastern Europe
Qatar Airways is starting 2016 with an expansion programme across Eastern Europe, enabling passengers to benefit from a wide range of additional flight options via Doha’s Hamad International Airport.
The further expansion adds a further level of choice for passengers travelling between Croatia, Hungary and Azerbaijan and anywhere in the airline’s extensive global network. Flights to Zagreb and Budapest are increasing to a 10-weekly service from a current daily service from 3 April and 3 July respectively, while flights to Baku are increasing to an 11-weekly service, also from a current daily scheduled flight, from 27 March.
Qatar Airways is also launching new direct flights from Doha to Belgrade from 16 March, a destination currently served by the airline via Sofia, enhancing the journey time to and from the capital of Serbia on the four-weekly schedule.
Flights to Warsaw will be upgraded to the Airbus A330 aircraft from 1 July this year, increasing seat capacity on the daily scheduled service from Doha.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is expanding rapidly, not only in terms of new places and our network offering, but also with the service we offer. Complementing our service in the skies are our transfer facilities at the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport, coupled with the experience of flying on board one of the youngest fleets in the industry.”
For all Qatar Airways route services and connecting flights from Hamad International Airport, details are available on Qatar Airways’ official website.
Last Updated on Sunday, 31 January 2016 13:46
Qatar Airways’ safety video featuring FC Barcelona players is a hit
Qatar Airways’ new safety video featuring FC Barcelona players Messi, Suarez, Neymar, Pique, Rakitic and Mascherano landed as a hit across all social media channels, generating nearly 40 million views since its debut in December, a record among airline safety videos. In addition, Qatar Airways’ new brand campaign, Going Places Together, generated extraordinary attention online with 31 million views of the new television commercial over the same time period inspiring millions with its message of travel as a transformative experience.
In a step-change from the airline’s traditional in-flight safety content, Qatar Airways communicated the airline’s essential safety information in scenes which depicted Suarez taking to the pitch in a life vest, while Pique causes a stir with waiting fans. This safety video will be shown to all passengers on board every Qatar Airways flight, reaching tens of millions of people in addition to the community of fans online.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Safety is of course at the heart of our operations as a global airline and I am delighted that our successful partnership with FC Barcelona has been so warmly received in this way by our passengers and the online viewing public.”
Total viewing time of the safety video as posted to YouTube equates to a remarkable 39 years and 94 days since its launch.
The new video is now shown on Qatar Airways' state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system and can also be viewed here.
FC Barcelona players also star in the airline’s new on-board Wi-Fi video here.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 19:28
Emirates brings A380 to Washington
Emirates is planning to upgrade its Dubai (DXB) - Washington D.C. (IAD) service, with the introduction of its flagship Airbus A380 on the route beginning 1st February.
Replacing the existing Boeing 777-300ER used on this route, the A380 will serve the strong customer demand and restore route capacity following United Airlines’ planned withdrawal from the Washington D.C. (IAD) - Dubai (DXB) route after 25th January 2016. The aircraft upgauge will also offer consumers travelling on the Washington, D.C. route the unique experience of Emirates’ flagship A380 aircraft, and a seamless Emirates A380 experience to many connecting destinations on the airline’s global network.
Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “Our service to Washington D.C. has been one of our most successful and profitable routes, with high demand across all cabin classes. Despite strong seat load factors, United has made the decision to withdraw from the route. The additional seats offered by our A380 will therefore restore capacity on the route, and ensure that American consumers and international travellers wishing to visit D.C. for business or leisure will continue to be served. We look forward to offering the award-winning Emirates A380 experience to our customers, and to continue contributing to the economic success of the city and its surrounding regions.”
Timings for the daily inbound/outbound flights on the Dubai (DXB) - Washington, D.C (IAD) route will remain unchanged. As of 1st February, flight EK231 will continue to depart Dubai at 2:20 A.M. daily arriving in Washington, D.C at 8:15 A.M. Timings for the return flight, EK232 will also remain unchanged, departing Washington, D.C. at 10:15 A.M., arriving in Dubai at 8:00 A.M. the next day.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016 14:56
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