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QATAR AIRWAYS ALL SET TO LAUNCH DIRECT FLIGHTS TO TOKYO HANEDA

Airline to serve Tokyo with double-daily flights

New route to be served by Boeing 787 Dreamliner

17 Jun 2014

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is set to continue its expansion into the Far East tomorrow when it launches its newest destination, Tokyo Haneda International Airport. The addition of its newest destination will double the airline's service to the exciting city of Tokyo up to two flights a day. The route, which will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will be Qatar Airways’ third into Japan, joining Osaka and Tokyo Narita International Airport.

Tokyo Haneda International Airport is one of two major airports that serve the Greater Tokyo area, and in 2012 alone it handled more than 66 million passengers.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is very excited to further extend our network in one of our most popular destinations. Tokyo, with its rich culture and heritage, has long been a dream destination for travellers all over the world who are looking to explore and experience the fast-paced and vibrant city. We are very pleased that we are now able to provide both leisure and business passengers an additional option when flying into Tokyo.

“We are also very pleased that we will be introducing the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of the most state-of-the-art aircraft in our fleet, on the route when we commence operations to Tokyo Haneda. I have no doubt that our passengers will truly enjoy all that this aircraft has to offer in terms of an overall enhanced travel experience.”

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats with a high standard of comfort on board, including individual 10.5-inch television screens for all Economy Class seats and a full complimentary food and beverage service. The Dreamliner has steadily gained popularity with passengers as it has been introduced to various destinations throughout the airlines’ network.

Daily Schedule:
QR810 Departs Doha (DOH) 07:35; Arrives Tokyo Haneda (HND) 23:25
QR811 Departs Tokyo Haneda (HND) 01:00; Arrives Doha (DOH) 06:00

With the commencement of flights to Tokyo Haneda, the number of flights to Japan rises from 14 to 21 frequencies each week. Tokyo has long been a popular destination for passengers from the Americas, the Middle East and Europe. Qatar Airways, the State of Qatar’s national airline, has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 134 aircraft to 142 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

Over the next few months, the network will grow further with new routes to Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1, 2014) and Djibouti (July 27, 2014).

For images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/sets/72157645221239825/

Notes to Editors:

On October 30, 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the first Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Award-winning carrier Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France, last June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.

During the 2013 Dubai Air Show the airline placed orders for more than 60 new aircraft – a mixture of Boeing 777X and Airbus A330 Freighters. In total the airline has 300 aircraft on order worth more than US $50 billion. For more information, visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.

For Qatar Airways corporate images, please click here: http://www.qatarairways.com/corporateimages

For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 40222072, Fax: +974 40225350
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com