Sarajevo is the airline’s fourth Eastern European destination launch this year, following Skopje, Prague and Kyiv
Award-winning airline continues rapid expansion of its global route network, adding 26 new destinations through 2018
DOHA, Qatar – The first Qatar Airways non-stop flight from Doha to Sarajevo touched down today at Sarajevo International Airport, where it was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute. The newly-launched service to the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina will operate a four times-weekly schedule on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, with a flight time of just six hours.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, travelled on board the inaugural flight with the Bosnian and Herzegovinian Ambassador to the State of Qatar, His Excellency Mr. Tarik Sadović, whose support has led to the launch of the scheduled service, and was greeted by Qatar’s Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, His Excellency Mr. Rashid bin Mubarak Al Kuwari; Mr. Armin Kajmaković, Director Sarajevo International Airport and Mayor of Sarajevo, Mr. Abdulah Skaka.
H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Following the launch of service to three Eastern European capitals this summer, we are excited to be adding Sarajevo as our fourth destination in this region to our global route network. As the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, we are confident that this will be a popular and much-anticipated gateway into the country for both business and leisure travellers from across our network. With four weekly flights in service, passengers travelling from Sarajevo are now connected seamlessly to more than 150 destinations, via our state-of-the-art hub in Doha.”
The Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Qatar, H.E. Mr. Tarik Sadović, said: "Following the launch of the Doha to Sarajevo direct flight service, we open a new chapter in relations between two friendly countries: Qatar and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This will greatly facilitate our cooperation and initiate development in various areas. We thank the Emir of the State of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for his wise leadership and support. We especially thank and congratulate Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker and his associates for bringing the world's best airline to Sarajevo.
“We welcome their readiness to promote Bosnia and Herzegovina in Qatar and beyond in key global markets. We congratulate all the domestic decision makers on a job well-done. We are pleased to point out that the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Doha has in its capacity successfully completed this diplomatic task and was a reliable partner during the entire process."
Director of Sarajevo International Airport, Mr. Armin Kajmaković, added: “It is our pleasure that Qatar Airways, one of the most credible international carriers, which has a fleet of more than 200 of the most sophisticated aircraft that fly to more than 150 destinations all over the world, has recognised Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina as a promising tourist and business destination. Thanks to this scheduled air service to Doha, as one of the biggest hubs in the world, from now on our passengers with only one transfer may reach almost any destination in the world. This air service is especially important for our many citizens working in Qatar.”
In the last four months, Qatar Airways has bolstered its already robust operations in Eastern Europe by expanding its network to include Skopje, Prague, and Kyiv. The airline has served key cities in the region such as Belgrade, Warsaw and Zagreb for many years, and sees the potential for continued growth in this rapidly developing market.
Qatar Airways will operate four times a week to Sarajevo with an Airbus A320 aircraft, which features 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class. Passengers will be able to enjoy the airline’s superior entertainment system offering countless entertainment options.
Sarajevo, a sophisticated city, captivates tourists with its intriguing juxtaposition of past and present. Visitors can wander through Baščaršija, Sarajevo's bazaar built during the Ottoman period, or visit the Yellow Fortress, which offers a spectacular view of the city. In winter, Sarajevo's mountain resorts Bjelašnica and Jahorina offer some of Europe's best-value skiing.
Qatar Airways Cargo will commence belly service to Sarajevo, supporting local trade growth in the export of agricultural and food products, furniture, garments, textiles and automotive parts, as well as the import of consumer goods and electricals.
Qatar Airways will be adding flights to many more exciting destinations to its network in 2017 and 2018, including Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; and Cardiff, UK, to name a few.
The national carrier of the State of Qatar 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 more than 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 - Sarajevo Flight Schedule:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Doha (DOH) to Sarajevo (SJJ) QR293 departs: 07:00 arrives: 11:00
Sarajevo (SJJ) to Doha (DOH) QR294 departs: 12:00 arrives: 19:20
Doha (DOH) to Sarajevo (SJJ) QR293 departs: 06:25 arrives: 10:25
Sarajevo (SJJ) to Doha (DOH) QR294 departs: 11:25 arrives: 18:45
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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 fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including St. Petersburg, Russia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Canberra, Australia and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 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 4,000 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 more than 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 more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747-8 freighter.
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Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
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