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Qatar Airways Lines Up For Success In Irish Market

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Qatar Airways strengthens presence in Ireland following inaugural Dublin-Doha flight on 12 June

Airline of the Year partners with The Curragh 

Announcement is continuation of Qatar Airways' ongoing commitment to strengthen ties with the Irish community and celebrate both nations’ affinity for horses


DOHA, Qatar - Qatar Airways, the Airline of the Year as awarded by the Skytrax 2017 World Airline Awards, today announced its further commitment to Ireland by partnering with The Curragh following the inaugural Dublin-Doha flight on 12 June. 

The airline’s entry into the Irish market strengthens Irish and Qatari business relationships as well as connecting Irish passengers to more than 150 destinations worldwide. 

Through the Irish and Qatari affinity for horses, Qatar Airways is now drawing together the cultural heritage of both nations. 

Qatar Airways was also recently announced as official airline partner of the 2017 Dublin Horse Show, further establishing strong relations with the Irish equestrian industry and business networks.   

The launch of the new Dublin-Doha route provides Irish passengers with the first ever direct Dublin-Doha service, providing easier access to the Middle East, Asia and Australia, with seamless connections to Sydney, Hong Kong, Melbourne and many more attractive global destinations. 

Irish passengers will experience Qatar Airways’ renowned on-board service and have the opportunity to enjoy the airline’s relaunched superior entertainment system offering up to 3,000 entertainment options.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “The Qatar Airways team is working hard to establish and develop our relationships within the Irish community. We are delighted to enter the Irish market and expand our global network of more than 150 destinations with the addition of the great city of Dublin. Given the Irish people’s passion for travel, we believe this new route will be very successful and will inspire even greater communication and trade between both Irish and Qatari travellers.

“Qatar Airways partnership with The Curragh today is a great example of this. As such an established and world renowned equestrian organisation, this is a great opportunity to connect the Irish and Qatari communities and we are delighted to be announcing this new development.”  

Dublin is a hub for more than 1,000 leading multi-national companies and the daily non-stop service will connect both business and leisure travellers to the airline’s extensive network.

Qatar Airways will operate its daily Dublin service with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which has a two-class configuration including 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.

Evan Arkwright, Commercial Manager of The Curragh, commented: “The Curragh is delighted to have the opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading airlines at a very important time for the racecourse to develop key partnerships with premium global brands.” 

A Qatar-themed race day takes place on 20 August and will include the inaugural Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Curragh Stakes. The Group 2 Qatar Airways Sapphire stakes will take place on 15 July with total prize of €120,000. 

Dublin-Doha flights are available for booking at www.qatarairways.com.


The daily flights will operate as below:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Doha—Dublin DEPARTS: 07:45 | ARRIVES: 13:20

Dublin—Doha DEPARTS: 15:25 | ARRIVES: 00:30+1


Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Doha—Dublin DEPARTS: 01:50 | ARRIVES: 07:25

Dublin—Doha DEPARTS: 08:50 | ARRIVES: 17:55


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Notes to Editors:


About Qatar Airways


Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fast growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its network in 2017/18, including Dublin, Nice, Skopje, Sarajevo and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 200 aircraft.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, as well as F.C. Barcelona, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally with 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

For further information, please contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200

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