DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways has announced a substantial aircraft upgrade on the Doha (DOH) to Geneva (GVA) route from 1 July 2016, to become the airline’s second Dreamliner route to Switzerland after Zürich.
The route, which is currently operated by an Airbus A320 with 132 seats, will be served by the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, almost doubling capacity on the direct daily service to 254 seats. The introduction of the 787 Dreamliner will further enhance the onboard experience for passengers between the two cities, in addition to increasing capacity to 80 tonnes of cargo per week carried to and from Geneva.
“Qatar Airways is delighted that the high level of demand for travel to Geneva from our worldwide network warrants a higher-capacity aircraft equipped with our award-winning on board premium product, which will be introduced on the route,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “The Boeing 787 Dreamliner represents one of the most modern aircraft in the skies and we look forward to welcoming passengers on board.”
Passengers travelling to Geneva from any of Qatar Airways more than 150 destinations benefit from a smooth and efficient transfer at Qatar Airways’ home and hub, Hamad International Airport. The airport houses one of the world’s largest and most luxurious Business Class lounges – the Al Mourjan Business Lounge – and offers more than 40,000 square metres of retail space and restaurants that includes a selection of more than 70 retail and 30 food and beverage outlets, in addition to an airside hotel, spa and swimming pool.
The Boeing B787 Dreamliner combines the latest in aeronautic engineering with refined onboard hospitality in a spacious and light environment. Large electronically-dimmable windows create dramatic views and provide natural light, while full-spectrum LED lighting sets the mood and helps passengers to adjust quickly to changing time zones. A lower cabin pressure, improved air quality and optimal humidity also contribute to a refreshed feeling upon landing.
Business Class is configured in a 1–2–1 set-up with 22 seats, while Economy has a 232 seating capacity in a 3–3–3 layout. Since January 2013 the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has operated the daily Doha to Zürich route and Qatar Airways was the first airline to introduce this aircraft type to the Swiss market.
Notes to Editors:
Qatar Airways, 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 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 181 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Qatar Airways won Airline of the Year, Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East at the 2015 Skytrax Awards. This is the third time the airline won the accolade of Airline of the Year.
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.
In 2015 Qatar Airways launched Oryx One, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 3,000. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the five-star airline’s on board Wi-Fi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways is one of the world’s leaders in sponsoring global sporting events, including the strategic team sponsorships of FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC. Qatar Airways’ strategy reflects 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 cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 181 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes seven Airbus 330, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.
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