DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways started non-stop service between Doha and Ras Al Khaimah yesterday, 2 February, its fifth destination in the United Arab Emirates. Ras Al Khaimah is known to be a gateway to many of the UAE’s natural treasures, popular for weekend getaways for travellers from the GCC, and a resort destination for longer stays for travellers from China, Europe and India.
Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight arrived with a Qatar Airways delegation on board headed by Chief Commercial Officer Dr. Hugh Dunleavy. The flight was officially welcomed by H.E. Eng. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah; Mr. Mohammed Qazi, Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport; and Mr. Haitham Mattar, Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to launch our newest route in the United Arab Emirates – Ras Al Khaimah. Qatar Airways’ network expansion will undoubtedly increase the flexibility and choice for our passengers to travel to and from different Emirates in the UAE, and we look forward to enhancing passengers' travel opportunities from Europe, Asia and the Americas to new tourist destinations in the region such as Ras Al Khaimah.”
Ras Al Khaimah is located in the northern part of the UAE, approximately 45 minutes from Dubai. With the opening of many five-star beach resorts and spas, the Emirate has quickly become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. It offers a wide range of activities such as water sports, cruises, desert camps, golf courses and mountain adventures.
Qatar Airways now offers up to 200 weekly flights from Doha to the UAE including the new four flights to Ras Al Khaimah: 105 flights a week to Dubai International Airport; 28 flights a week to Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport; 42 flights a week to Abu Dhabi; and 21 flights a week to Sharjah.
An Airbus A320 operates the Ras Al Khaimah route, featuring 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy.
The Doha – Ras Al Khaimah four-weekly operation:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday:
Depart Doha QR1120 at 20:15, arrive Ras Al Khaimah at 22:30
Depart Ras Al Khaimah QR1121 at 23:30, arrive Doha at 23:45
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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 176 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 2,000. 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 Wifi and GSM service.
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 176 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes seven Airbus 330, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.
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