Qatar Airways commences direct service from Doha to Cardiff

Qatar Airways has commenced its first ever service from Doha to Cardiff Airport, marking the start of a new direct route between Wales and the Middle East.

The inaugural flight took off on May 1, from Hamad International Airport, Doha, operated on the latest Airbus A350-900. The regular service will now operate on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers a two-class configuration including 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class. The new service to Qatar will link Wales and the South West of England to global markets across the world including Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Asia.

The Qatar Airways flight will depart, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from Doha at 07:25, arriving Cardiff at 12:50; and on return, depart from Cardiff at 15:55 arriving Doha at 00:45 (+1). On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the flight will depart Doha at 01:15, arriving Cardiff at 06:40; and on return; departing Cardiff at 08:10 and arriving Doha at 17:00 hours.

Roger Lewis, Chairman of Cardiff Airport, said: ‘This is a pivotal moment for Cardiff Airport, for Wales and the South West of England. The far reaching consequences of this service for passengers and businesses will be transformational.

‘I sincerely thank H.E., Mr. Akbar Al Baker, for the trust he and Qatar Airways are placing in us. I am confident that the team at Cardiff Airport will deliver a world-class service with Qatar Airways for all of our passengers both visiting Wales and those travelling across the world.

‘The critically important relationship between Qatar, Wales and the United Kingdom is substantially strengthened today.’

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome the first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to our capital city, Cardiff.

‘The new direct service between Cardiff and Doha is a huge boost for Wales. It will open up Wales’ links with the rest of the world and deliver new economic, leisure and travel opportunities for Welsh businesses and the people of Wales.

‘Providing a direct route into the world’s fastest growing hub airport, Hamad International, will also bring Wales closer to leading global markets such as India, China, Singapore and Australasia.’

Qatar Airways to launch new Doha-Cardiff route this summer

Qatar Airways is set to commence a new year-round service from Doha to Cardiff starting this summer.

Effective from May 1, 2018, Qatar Airways will be the first airline to offer daily flights between Doha and Cardiff, offering connecting services between the Welsh capital and other destinations globally via Qatar Airways’ network. The new route will be inaugurated using the latest Airbus A350-900 aircraft, and will later be served using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: ‘The launch of our new service to Cardiff is a major milestone for Qatar Airways. It makes sense that the inaugural flight that welcomes Qatar Airways to Wales is on the A350-900, as the wings of this very plane are built at the Airbus plant in Broughton, North Wales. The new service will connect the Welsh people with more destinations globally and provide them the opportunity to experience our unparalleled five-star service. We look forward to welcoming our new passengers on board and to connecting them to Doha and points beyond.’

Deb Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, added: ‘On behalf of the team at Cardiff Airport, I am immensely proud that world-class airline Qatar Airways has recognised the potential that exists within the region and chosen Cardiff Airport to operate a regular service to Doha from May 1st. The service opens up a world of connectivity for our customers in Wales and South West England to destinations across Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Asia and beyond.

‘I am also very excited that Qatar Airways has chosen to mark the inaugural flight with the use of the A350-900. This is fantastic recognition of the aircraft’s links with Wales and the engineering prowess that we have here, and we very much look forward to welcoming this stunning aircraft to Cardiff Airport as part of the huge celebration when the new route begins in just a few weeks’ time.’

The new service will depart Cardiff at 15:55 hours, arriving Doha at 00:45 (+1) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On return, the flight will depart Doha at 07:25 hours, arriving Qatar at 12:50 hours on these days. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the flight will depart Cardiff at 18:10 hours, arriving Doha at 17:00 hours; on return, the flight will depart Doha at 01:15 hours and arriving Cardiff at 06:40 hours.

Following the inaugural flight, the new service between Doha and Cardiff will be served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that features 22 seats in Business Class, offering passengers direct aisle access with its 1-2-1 configuration, and 232 seats in Economy Class.

Qatar Airways currently serves London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh, with services to London Gatwick to commence on May 22, 2018.

Qatar Airways announces direct non-stop daily service from Doha to Dublin

Qatar Airways has announced that it will operate daily non-stop flights between Doha and Dublin, the capital of the Ireland, commencing June 12, 2017.

Dublin serves as the gateway to all of Ireland. The city’s key attractions include St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle, and the famed Wicklow Mountains.

Starting June 12, 2017 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, the new Qatar Airways’ flights will depart from Doha at 01.25 hours arriving Dublin at 07.25 hours. The return flights will depart from Dublin at 08.50 hours to arrive Doha at 18.05 hours. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays, the flight will leave Doha at 07.20 hours arriving Dublin at 13.20 hours, with return flights leaving Dublin at 15.25 hours to arrive Doha at 00:40+1.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: ‘Qatar Airways has seen unprecedented growth in recent times and continues to launch new destinations on our global route map, enhancing connectivity for our passengers from around the world. The launch of flights to Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is an exciting addition to our network and I am confident that business and leisure passengers will benefit from our Boeing 787 Dreamliner service and smooth onward connections through our home and hub, Hamad International Airport.’

Dublin Airport Managing Director Mr. Vincent Harrison said, ‘We look forward to welcoming the new daily Doha service from June and to working closely with Qatar Airways to promote the route. This service will bring extra choice and convenience for passengers and will also add Dublin and Ireland to Qatar’s growing global network.’

Qatar Airways’ new direct non-stop flight to the Irish capital will be operated on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Business class is configured in a 1-2-1 layout with 22 seats, while economy has 232 seats in a 3-3-3 layout. All seats feature individual television screens and on board WIFI, with business class seats reclining into a fully flat bed.

Passengers flying from Dublin can have a quick transfer at Hamad International Airport to travel to more than 150 destinations on Qatar Airways’ global network. Qatar Airways has opened 13 new destinations in 2016 so far. The new cities added this year are Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles in the United States; Birmingham, U.K.; Helsinki, Finland; Pisa, Italy; Marrakech, Morocco; Ras Al Khaimah, UAE; Windhoek, Namibia; Sydney and Adelaide in Australia; Krabi in Thailand a return to the Seychelles on December 12.

Qatar Airways announces launch of Birmingham-Doha route from March 2016

Birmingham Airport and Qatar Airways have announced plans to launch a new service between Birmingham and Doha starting March 30, 2016.

With eight flights a week, including two flights on Saturdays, the new route offers passengers travelling to and from Birmingham a greater choice and convenience of seamless transfers at the airline’s state-of-the-art hub Hamad International Airport. Birmingham, the centre for the largest concentration of businesses outside of London with nearly 34,285 companies including over 700 international firms, is expected to benefit significantly with the new service.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: ‘We are delighted to announce Birmingham as Qatar Airways’ fourth destination in the United Kingdom from March 2016. This additional route strengthens Qatar Airways’ commitment to the regions across the UK and will create new commercial and leisure links between the city of Birmingham and the 152 destinations served by the airline.’

Birmingham Airport Chief Executive Officer, Paul Kehoe said: ‘This is fantastic news for both Birmingham Airport and the region, and is our tenth new airline to announce or launch this year. Not only will our passengers have the choice of flying with the award winning carrier to Doha’s state-of-the-art hub Hamad International Airport, they will have a choice of 152 destinations served by the airline, including South East Asia, China and Australasia.’

The route will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner which has a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats. All seats have individual television screens, offering the latest in-flight entertainment with nearly 2,000 options. In Business Class, every seat is an aisle seat where passengers can catch up on sleep in a fully-flat bed or utilise the work surface area. Passengers can also stay connected while travelling with the option of Wi-Fi, which is available throughout the aircraft.

The departure times in both directions offer onward connections to 152 key business and leisure destinations across Qatar Airways’ global network. Passengers can also benefit from reduced journey times from Birmingham through to Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa with cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

Qatar Airways Introduces Dreamliner on London to Doha Route

Qatar Airways, a Qatar based airline company, will be offering its newly acquired Boeing 787 aircraft for commercial service to London Heathrow Airport in the UK, from Doha, in Qatar.

The airline has recently taken delivery of its initial 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the Seattle, US, headquarters of the aircraft manufacturer, Boeing. The airline has flown the aircraft to Doha, Qatar, where it will be based and will be used to operate the London-Doha service.

The airline becomes the first to operate regular scheduled flights to the UK with Boeing’s next generation aircraft. The new service to London Heathrow commences from December 13, 2012.

The airline chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said, ‘We are delighted at last with today’s announcement that in just over two weeks’ time, the UK market will see its first 787 on a regular full commercial service when it flies into London Heathrow.

Inaugurating our 787 on the London Heathrow route puts Qatar Airways firmly on the global aviation map as a carrier with a determination to continue its expansion drive and improve an already superior in-flight product.

Both new and existing customers in the UK and further afield on connecting flights will soon have an opportunity to fly on the most talked-about aircraft in the world in and out of London.

We have already received our second 787 with a further three to join our fleet by the end of the year. And we won’t stop there. With more 787s being inducted into the fleet next year, further route launches and our move to a brand new international airport in Doha during 2013, we continue to look forward to another year of exciting developments.

With our ever-expanding international network, more people from different parts of the world will have an opportunity to fly Qatar Airways and our new 787s to and from our Doha hub.’

Doubletree by Hilton Announces New Properties in Doha

Hilton Worldwide, a global hospitality company and a subsidiary of The Blackstone Group, has announced two new hotels to be built in Doha, Qatar, under its Doubletree by Hilton Brand.

The two new hotels will be known as the Doubletree by Hilton Doha Al Sadd, and the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Doha, and both are expected to open in 2014. They are in addition to a further three Hilton Worldwide properties due to debut in Qatar within the next three years.

The smaller of the two is the Doha Al Sadd, which will be situated in Doha’s main business and commercial district and have 145 rooms. It will also benefit from a health club, an outdoor pool, two restaurants, a bar, two boardrooms, four meeting rooms and a business centre.

The larger, Doubletree Suites by Hilton Doha, will be located in Doha’s West Bay district. It will have 240 rooms, offering one, two or three bedroom accommodation in a fifty-two-floor complex. The hotel intends to cater for longer-term guests, providing them with a function room, four meeting rooms, two boardrooms, a business centre, a health club and spa, an outdoor pool, two restaurants and two bars.

The hotels will reportedly be managed by Al Ryyan Tourism Investment company, a part of Faisal Holding Company, with whom Hilton Worldwide has signed a management contract.

Hilton Worldwide’s investment in Qatar comes at a time when the country is seeing a dramatic increase in visitor numbers. These are mostly from the business sector at present, with numbers expected to grow still further as Qatar prepares to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.