JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Qatar Airways is significantly enhancing its operations to South Africa by increasing weekly frequencies to Johannesburg and by deploying new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft from May 1.
Three flights per week will be added to the current daily schedule to Johannesburg, bringing the total frequency on the route to 10 services each week. The new services will significantly improve connections to destinations across Qatar Airways’ global network, and will particularly offer business and leisure passengers excellent daily connections to popular routes in the Far East such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Manila.
To coincide with the start of the additional services, Qatar Airways will also be introducing the state-of-the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner on all services to South Africa. This aircraft will offer passengers an enhanced travel experience with unparalleled levels of service and comfort, and will be enjoyed by all passengers flying with Qatar Airways from Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as from Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo.
Commenting on the new services, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “In line with our commitment to offer our passengers more choice and the most exceptional travel experience, we are delighted to increase frequencies to South Africa and also to introduce Qatar Airways’ 787 Dreamliner on our routes to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Maputo.”
“Our 787 Dreamliners give passengers a superb onboard experience with specially designed interiors, spacious cabins and custom-made seats in both Business and Economy Class. This, along with an advanced entertainment system featuring the world’s first ‘dual-screen’ interface, and communication systems including onboard wifi for all passengers, enables us to offer an exciting and unique product for passengers travelling from Southern Africa”, Al Baker added.
Qatar Airways has 254 seats across its 787 Business and Economy Class: Business Class is configured in a 1–2–1 layout with 22 seats, while Economy has a 232 seating capacity in a 3–3–3 layout. All seats in Business Class recline in to 180 degree flat beds.
The airline’s 787s are the world’s first fully connected Dreamliners with wireless facilities enabling all passengers to remain in touch with friends and colleagues on the ground through the internet or SMS mobile texting. The 787 Dreamliners complement the ultra-luxurious customer service and experience Qatar Airways promises to its passengers.
Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar has taken delivery of nine of its 60 Dreamliners and has been flying the aircraft from Doha to Dubai, London, Munich, Stockholm, Riyadh, Jeddah, Zurich, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Oslo, Delhi, Bangalore and Brussels.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 134 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
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 a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.
In 2014, Qatar Airways has launched services to Sharjah International Airport, UAE (March 1, 2014) and Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai World Central (March 1, 2014). In the coming months, the airline will launch flights to Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014), Larnaca, Cyprus (April 29, 2014), Istanbul Sabiha International Airport, Turkey (May 22, 2014), Edinburgh (May 28, 2014), Miami International Airport, USA (June 10, 2014) and Dallas Fort Worth, USA (July 1, 2014).
The Doha – Johannesburg schedules (all times local)
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
Depart Doha QR1363 at 06:55 hrs, arrive Johannesburg 13:55 hrs
Depart Johannesburg QR1364 at 15:15 hrs, arrive Doha 23:55 hrs
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Depart Doha QR1359 at 01:15 hrs, arrive Johannesburg 07:55 hrs
Depart Johannesburg QR1360 at 15:30 hrs, arrive Doha 00:10 hrs
Additional three-weekly-flights schedules (all times local)
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Depart Doha QR1365 at 06:45 hrs, arrive Johannesburg 13:45 hrs
Depart Johannesburg QR1366 at 21:25 hrs, arrive Doha 06:20 hrs
Notes to Editors:
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 more than 280 aircraft on order worth more than US $50 billion. The airline will move into its new hub and home, Hamad International Airport from early 2014. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com.
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