Qatar Airways this week celebrates five years of five-star service flights connecting Doha to New York. The carrier’s first destination in North America in 2007, the route represented a milestone for one of the world’s fastest growing airlines. Today, Qatar Airways offers five North American gateways, with daily services to Washington, DC, Houston, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and three-weekly services to Montreal.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “When we commenced operations to the US it was a landmark moment for the airline. The route is a pillar in the airline’s expansive route map and we thank our dedicated customers who have contributed to the success of Qatar Airways’s presence in the US.”
Currently one of the leaders of luxury air travel, Qatar Airways now operates a global network of 116 key business and leisure destinations and was named Best Airline in the Middle East for its sixth year in a row by Skytrax, the only global independent passenger survey. Its inaugural terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best Premium Service Airport for the second consecutive year in 2012. With more than 250 aircraft, including a fleet of six private jets for charter with Qatar Executive flights, it continues to grow from strength to strength.
Qatar Airways Senior Vice President for the Americas, Bart Vos, said: “The airline has enjoyed great success in its five years of operations in the US, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their continued support, loyalty and appreciation of our award-winning Five Star in-flight product.”
The New York – Doha nonstop journey is approximately 12 hours and is operated with the airline’s flagship Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The cabin offers 42 seats in Business Class, each of which converts into a fully-flat horizontal bed, and 293 seats in Economy Class. It has recently moved its operations in JFK airport to the spacious and modern Terminal 8.
Since the beginning of the year, Qatar Airways has launched flights to six destinations – Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia); Erbil (Iraq); Baghdad (Iraq); with many more planned during 2012, including new route services to Perth, Australia (July 3); Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (July 25); Mombasa, Kenya (August 15); Yangon, Myanmar (October 3); Maputo in Mozambique (October 30) and to the Serbian capital Belgrade on a date yet to be announced.