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Qatar Airways Launches Direct Service To Nice

National Carrier of the State of Qatar now offers five weekly flights between Doha and Nice as it continues its rapid expansion plans

New route served by the Qatar Airways B787 Dreamliner provides passengers in the South of France connection to more than 150 global destinations

 

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is delighted to announce the launch of direct service between Doha and Nice, the airline’s second destination in France. Qatar Airways flight QR 53 operated by a Boeing B787 Dreamliner departed Hamad International Airport (HIA) on Tuesday at 7:45 (Doha Time) and arrived at Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport at 13:15 (Nice Time).

Located on the magnificent French Riviera, Nice has a true cosmopolitan vibe with fashionable boutiques and restaurants, alongside magnificent beaches. The city is also the gateway to the South of France, including popular destinations such as Cannes, St. Tropez, Antibes and the region of Provence, while also being within easy reach of neighbouring Monaco and Northern Italy.

The Qatar Airways delegation travelling on the inaugural flight, headed by Senior Vice President Qatar Airways Europe, Mr. Jonathan Harding, was welcomed by Chief Executive Officer of Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport, Mr. Dominique Thillaud; Chief Operating Officer of Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport, Mr. Didier Monges; President of the Tourism Commission of PACA Region, Mrs. Jennifer Salles Barbosa and City of Nice representative, Mr. Rudy Salles.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are truly delighted to launch direct service between Doha and Nice. The new route is a sign of our continuous commitment to improving the travelling experience for our passengers, both in France and around the world. With five weekly flights operating between the two cities, passengers from the South of France can now connect to more than 150 destinations world-wide through Doha’s Hamad International Airport.”

Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport Chief Executive Officer Mr. Dominique Thillaud said: "The Qatar Airways flight out of Nice enhances our long haul offering - one of the most complete amongst French city airports - and improves the connectivity out of the region, via the Doha hub. This is therefore excellent news for tourism professionals on the Côte d'Azur and companies in the area who will benefit from a new route for air cargo exports."

Qatar Airways recently announced its partnership with the French Riviera’s premium helicopter operator Monacair, providing passengers arriving in Nice on board the newly-launched direct service the opportunity to seamlessly connect onto a Monacair helicopter flight to Monte Carlo. Likewise, passengers travelling from Monaco to Nice by helicopter will be able to connect at Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport to a choice of more than 150 destinations on Qatar Airways’ global network.

The five weekly flights between HIA and Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport will be served by the Boeing B787 Dreamliner. The Qatar Airways B787 Dreamliner offers a two class configuration with 22 seats in Business Class that can be turned into fully-flat beds and configured in a 1–2–1 set-up, and 232 Economy seats in a 3–3–3 layout. The aircraft is also equipped with Oryx One in Flight entertainment system, offering more than 3,000 entertainment options including the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games, and much more.

Qatar Airways currently operates 21 weekly flights between Doha and Paris on board the airline’s ultra-modern fleet of Airbus A380 and A350. The airline also recently opened its luxurious, state-of-the-art Premium Lounge at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

The National Carrier of the State of Qatar recently showcased for the first time its Boeing B777 fitted with the carrier’s award-winning new Business Class experience, Qsuite, at the Paris Air Show. Qsuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, with privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room.

Qatar Airways Cargo currently operates twice-weekly B777 freighters to Paris via Stansted, United Kingdom, in addition to transporting belly cargo on the airline’s three-time daily passenger flights to the capital city of France. The introduction of direct flights to Nice will offer 60 tonnes of weekly belly-hold capacity and take the total cargo capacity out of France to over 560 tonnes. Major exports from Nice include perfumes, flowers, vaccines and general cargo. Qatar Airways Cargo offers its global customers specialist solutions to transport all type of cargo via its state-of-the-art Doha hub. 

Qatar Airways is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world, with 200 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. The airline recently added Dublin, Republic of Ireland, to its global route network, soon to be followed by Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; Prague, Czech Republic; Sohar, Sultanate of Oman; and Kiev, Ukraine.

 

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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 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, as well as F.C. Barcelona, 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, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

For further information, please contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200

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