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Qatar Airways GCEO Meets Governor of St. Petersburg as Part of the Official Inaugural Flight Launch Programme in Russia

Governor of St. Petersburg Mr. Georgy Poltavchenko congratulates Qatar Airways GCEO His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker on the launch of the airline’s new flights from Doha to St. Petersburg

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, was officially welcomed to St. Petersburg by the city’s Governor, Mr. Georgy Poltavchenko, who congratulated the airline on the launch of its new direct daily service from Doha to the cultural capital of Russia.

The first flight from Doha to St. Petersburg touched down at Pulkovo Airport on 19 December with H. E. Mr. Al Baker and a VIP delegation from Qatar on board. The following day, the delegation visited the Governor’s office as part of the official launch activities.

During the visit the Governor and H.E. Mr Al Baker discussed not only the new route to the city but also Qatar Airways’ important role in bringing visitors to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the upcoming Qatar-Russia Year of Culture.

Following the visit, H.E. Mr. Al Baker commented, “It was truly an honour to meet The Governor of St. Petersburg, Mr. Georgy Poltavchenko. This was a wonderful opportunity to discuss the new Qatar Airways direct daily service from Doha to St. Petersburg and how it will enhance the number of tourists coming to the city from around our global network of more than 150 destinations.

“We highly appreciate the Governor’s support in making our new route a huge success for both the airline and for the people of St. Petersburg.”

The Governor also told H.E. Mr. Al Baker that St. Petersburg is looking forward to welcoming more guests from Qatar and to supporting the Qatar-Russia Year of Culture. As Russia’s capital of culture, the city will play an important role during this year of cultural exchange.

Mr. Poltavchenko also noted that the new route between Doha and St. Petersburg will serve to strengthen the business ties between Russia and Qatar, as well as opening up new opportunities for investment and partnership.

Qatar Airways celebrated the arrival of its inaugural flight to Saint-Petersburg on 19 December with a gala dinner event, attended by the city’s most influential VIPs, politicians and celebrities, held at the Russian Museum of Ethnography. The evening was hosted by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, who welcomed VIP guests including His Excellency Mr. Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, Qatar’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation and His Excellency Mr. Nurmakhmad Kholov, Russia’s Ambassador to Qatar.

The launch of Qatar Airways’ daily direct service to Russia’s cultural capital will increase the airline’s number of flights a week into the country to 28. Already operating to Moscow since 2003, Qatar Airways recently increased its service to the city from twice daily to three times daily to meet growing demand.

The recent relaxation in visa entry requirements for Russian nationals into Qatar has opened up this route to even more passengers wishing to experience Qatar Airways’ five-star service to more than 150 business and leisure destinations across the world.

With more than 10 tonnes of belly hold cargo capacity per week to and from St. Petersburg on board the A320 aircraft, which serves this new route, Qatar Airways Cargo is delighted to be further expanding its import and export services in Russia. The launch of service to St. Petersburg has increased the overall belly hold cargo capacity to and from Russia, with more than 40 tonnes being transported each way per week.

Qatar Airways will operate its daily St. Petersburg service with an Airbus A320 aircraft, which features 12 flatbed seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class. Passengers will be able to enjoy the airline’s superior entertainment system offering passengers various entertainment options.

Qatar Airways has added many new exciting destinations to its network in 2017, including Auckland, New Zealand; Dublin, Republic of Ireland; Nice, France and Prague, Czech Republic, to name a few. The airline will continue its rapid expansion throughout 2018 by adding new destinations such as Canberra, Australia; Cardiff, United Kingdom; and Penang, Malaysia to its global route map.

The national carrier of the State of Qatar, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 20th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.

The award-winning airline has received a number of 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. In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national 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.’

Doha – St. Petersburg Flights Schedule:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Doha (DOH) to St. Petersburg (LED) QR279 departs: 07:30 arrives: 13:50

St. Petersburg (LED) to Doha (DOH) to QR280 departs: 17:25 arrives: 23:30

Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Doha (DOH) to St. Petersburg (LED) QR281 departs: 15:55 arrives: 22:10

St. Petersburg (LED) to Doha (DOH) to QR282 departs: 23:15 arrives: 05:20+1

About Pulkovo Airport

Pulkovo Airport is located in the city of St. Petersburg and ranks fourth in Russia by passenger traffic. For the first 9 months of 2017, Pulkovo welcomed 12.6 million people, which represents a 24%-increase year on year. The route network of St. Petersburg airport includes 150 domestic and international destinations. Pulkovo is operated by Northern Capital Gateway LLC, an international consortium of Fraport AG, VTB Capital, Qatar Investment Authority and Russian Direct Investment Fund with a pool of international investors.  In both 2016 and 2017, Pulkovo won the national Air Gates of Russia Award: St. Petersburg Airport was voted by passengers as Best Russian Airport with the annual passenger traffic of 10 million+ people. 

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 fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including Canberra, Australia; Penang, Malaysia and Cardiff, UK and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 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 4,000 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, 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 more than 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 more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 13 Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747-8 freighters.

For further information, please contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200

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