Qatar Airways’ new daily non-stop route marks the airline’s first-ever passenger service to the Czech Republic
Airline continues its robust expansion in Eastern Europe, with launch of service to Kyiv, Ukraine to take place next week
DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways’ first non-stop flight from Doha landed today at Václav Havel Airport Prague, inaugurating the award-winning airline’s first-ever passenger service to the Czech Republic. Qatar Airways flight QR 291, operated by an Airbus A320, departed Hamad International Airport on Monday at 08:00 am and arrived at Václav Havel Airport Prague ahead of schedule at 12:50 pm.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker travelled on board the inaugural flight with the Czech Republic’s Ambassador to Qatar, H.E. Mr. Martin Vítek, and was greeted by Mr. Vaclav Rehor, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prague Airport; Mr. Pavel Klucky, Director of Department of Near East Area, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ms. Monika Palatkova, General Manager of Czech Tourism.
Prague, widely recognised as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, is known for its striking medieval architecture and old-world ambiance. This picturesque Bohemian city offers visitors a wealth of choice of activities, from walking the cobbled streets of the old city to enjoying Prague’s rich tradition of café culture.
H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to launch daily service to Prague, a long-anticipated addition to our global route network. This exquisite European city will be an extremely popular destination for both business and leisure travellers, providing our passengers the opportunity to experience the unique beauty of the city. The launch of this new service comes at a time when we are expanding our presence in Eastern Europe, as part of our efforts to extend our reach globally. We are tremendously excited to be able to provide passengers the opportunity to visit this magnificent city.”
Mr. Vaclav Rehor, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prague Airport, said: “The proposed schedule, at two different times of operations, will support connections within the carrier’s network via Doha to Asian and Australian routes. We expect that passengers coming from Prague will be most interested in the connecting flights to Bali, Bangkok, Colombo, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuwait, Hong Kong, Delhi and Sydney. Czech passengers can look forward to a wider selection of available flights to Asia and Australia and also to comfortable connections to a number of other destinations, such as Windhoek (Namibia), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Zanzibar (Tanzania) and Salalah (Oman).”
As part of its rapid expansion strategy in Eastern Europe, the award-winning airline recently launched direct service to Skopje, with service to Kyiv, Ukraine, also to commence this month.
Qatar Airways will operate its daily Prague service with an Airbus A320 aircraft, which features 12 seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class.
Qatar Airways Cargo commenced freighter operations to Prague, Czech Republic, a growing trade market in Eastern Europe, in March 2016. The airline’s cargo division currently operates three times weekly Airbus A330 freighters from Doha to Prague via Budapest, providing 180 tonnes of cargo capacity. Prague is a major gateway into Eastern Europe from Asia for electronics and automotive parts, as well as textiles, pharmaceuticals and biotech products. The introduction of daily passenger flights to and from Prague will inject additional bellyhold freight capacity on the route, connecting local businesses to the carrier’s extensive cargo network via its state-of-the-art Doha hub.
Qatar Airways will be adding many more exciting destinations to its network in 2017 and 2018, including Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Accra, Ghana; Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Utapao, Thailand; Chittagong, Bangladesh; and Mombasa, Kenya, to name a few.
The national carrier of the State of Qatar, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 20th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.
The award-winning airline has received a number of accolades this year, including Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition as the world’s best airline. In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.
Doha-Prague Flight Schedule:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Doha (DOH) to Prague (PRG) QR289 departs: 02:30 arrives: 07:40
Prague (PRG) to Doha (DOH) to QR290 departs: 09:25 arrives: 16:25
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Doha (DOH) to Prague (PRG) QR291 departs: 08:00 arrives: 13:10
Prague (PRG) to Doha (DOH) to QR292 departs: 17:10 arrives: 00:10+1
About Václav Havel Airport Prague:
Prague Airport is the operator of the most important international airport in the Czech Republic and the largest airport among the new EU member states. In 2011, it received the Eagle Award presented by the IATA Association to the world’s most developing airports. This international air hub handles more than 13 million passengers a year. They can choose from offers of 60 airlines connecting Prague directly to more than 150 destinations around the world. Five regular cargo carriers operate there, as well as dozens of other companies providing charter flights. In 2015, Prague Airport won the World Routes Marketing Award in the category for airports with 4–20 million handled passengers and second place in the service quality evaluation among European airports handling more than 2 million passengers according to the ACI ASQ Survey. Last year, the airport received the “Highly Commended Airport” title in the 2016 Routes Europe Marketing Awards. In 2012, the airport was renamed Václav Havel Airport Prague to commemorate the life and honour the legacy of the former Czechoslovak and Czech President Václav Havel.
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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 growing 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 recently named Airline of the Year by the 2017 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named World’s Best Business Class, Best Airline in the Middle East, and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.
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, 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 and 12 Boeing 777 freighters.
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Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
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