Home of the Tsars becomes the latest Russian destination for the award-winning carrier
Russia’s cultural capital is country’s second city added to Qatar Airways’ route map
DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is pleased to announce it will launch flights to the cultural capital of Russia, St. Petersburg, later this year, doubling the Russian routes operated by the five-star carrier. The new daily service, which starts on 19 December 2017, will operate between Doha and St. Petersburg with an Airbus A320, offering 12 flatbed seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class.
Sophisticated St. Petersburg is the jewel in the Russian ‘crown’, and home to the country’s incredible art collections, legendary Hermitage Museum, and internationally-recognised historic buildings. With its elegant canals and rich Imperial history to explore, St. Petersburg is sure to be an unmissable destination for both visitors and business travellers alike, thanks to its dynamic and growing economy.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “St. Petersburg is a very welcome addition to the Qatar Airways route map, and clearly shows the importance of the Russian market to us. There is enormous potential for extending our reach in Russia, thanks to its huge population and economic significance. It also offers a truly unique experience for visitors, especially to St. Petersburg, with its incredible Imperial history as the former Russian capital.
“This new route demonstrates our determination to continue expanding with scores of exciting new destinations to attract passengers from all over the world, and welcome them on board to enjoy the unrivalled five-star customer experience from Qatar Airways.”
Qatar Airways first started flying to Russia in 2004, and now, 13 years later, the airline offers three daily flights between Doha and Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport (DME).
The multiple award-winning carrier has many more exciting new destinations planned for the remainder of this year and 2018, including Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand and Cardiff, U.K., to name just a few.
Qatar Airways has received a number of major accolades this year, including Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which was 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. As well as being voted Best Airline by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national flag 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.
The new daily service to St. Petersburg will operate the following schedule:
Doha (DOH) to St. Petersburg (LED) QR279 departs 07:30 arrives 13:50 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat)
St. Petersburg (LED) to Doha (DOH) QR280 departs 17:25 arrives 23:30 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat)
Doha (DOH) to St. Petersburg (LED) QR281 departs 15:55 arrives 22:10 (Wed, Fri, Sun)
St. Petersburg (LED) to Doha (DOH) QR282 departs 23:15 arrives 05:20 (+1) (Wed, Fri, Sun)
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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 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.
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