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Qatar Airways Expands its Operations in Iran in 2019 with the Launch of Direct Flights to Isfahan and Increased Flights to Shiraz and Tehran

The historic city of Isfahan to become the airline’s fourth-gateway to Iran with the launch of a new direct service from Doha by the Airbus A320 on 4 February 2019

The airline will also introduce extra flights to Shiraz and Tehran from early January 2019


DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is pleased to announce that it will expand its operations in Iran with the launch of a new twice-weekly direct service to Isfahan International Airport, starting from 4 February 2019, as well as introducing increased services to Shiraz and Tehran, from early January 2019.

Isfahan will become the airline’s fourth non-stop gateway to Iran, joining Tehran, Shiraz and Mashad, with the service operating from Doha each Monday and Friday by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.

Three extra weekly flights will be introduced to the Shiraz service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, taking the route to daily operation from 2 January 2019.

The airline will also introduce two extra flights on the Tehran route, with the addition of an extra flight on Wednesdays from 2 January 2019 and Fridays from 4 January 2019, taking the route to a triple-daily operation every day except on Tuesdays, when the service runs twice-daily.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “With its incredible, age-old architecture and bustling traditional bazaars, we are thrilled to announce Isfahan as Qatar Airways’ fourth-service gateway into Iran.

“Isfahan is a city that is not only steeped in history, but one that has also emerged in recent years to combine its rich cultural heritage with modernity, making it one of Iran’s most fascinating, colourful and lively places for international visitors.

“We are also delighted to announce that we are increasing our weekly services to both Shiraz and Tehran in January.

“These latest launches are further evidence of Qatar Airways’ commitment to Iran, as well as the expansion of our network in this thriving market to provide greater connectivity to both business and leisure passengers alike.”

Standing at the foothills of the Zagros mountain range, the beautiful, ancient city of Isfahan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its stunning mosques and palaces, magnificent public squares, atmospheric traditional tea houses, tranquil gardens and exquisite historic hand-painted tiling at every turn.

The newly-introduced flights to Isfahan will operate every Monday and Friday departing from Doha at 01:45, arriving at Isfahan at 04:00; with the return flight departing from Isfahan at 05:10, arriving at Doha at 06:25.

Qatar Airways has operated flights to Tehran since 2004 and, with the introduction of the two extra flights, the airline will operate a total of 20 weekly non-stop flights from Doha.

The southern city of Shiraz first welcomed Qatar Airways flights in 2011 and, with the introduction of three extra flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2 January 2019, will become a daily service operating from Doha. In addition to this, the airline’s Mashad route, which commenced in 2006, also currently operates daily flights from Doha.

Passengers travelling in Business Class on the new twice-weekly service to Isfahan on board the Airbus A320 can look forward to relaxing and enjoying the five-star food and beverage service, which is served ‘dine-on-demand’. In addition to this, the airline’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system, Oryx One, is available to all passengers, offering up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster moves, TV box sets, music and games.

As the national carrier for the State of Qatar, Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 160 destinations worldwide.

The airline was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’.

As part of its continued expansion plans, Qatar Airways plans to launch an array of exciting new destinations over the coming months, including Mombasa, Kenya; Gothenburg, Sweden and Da Nang, Vietnam.

Flight Schedules

Isfahan Flight Schedule:

 (every Monday and Friday from 4 February 2019)

Doha (DOH)-Isfahan (IFN) QR470 Departs: 01:45 Arrives: 04:00

Isfahan (IFN)-Doha (DOH) QR471 Departs: 05:10 Arrives: 06:25


Shiraz Flight Schedule:

(daily from 2 January 2019)

Doha (DOH)-Shiraz (SYZ) QR476 Departs: 01:50 Arrives: 03:35

Shiraz (SYZ)-Doha (DOH) QR477 Departs: 04:45 Arrives: 05:35


Tehran Flight Schedule:

(Daily from 2 January 2019)

Doha (DOH)-Tehran (IKA) QR482 Departs: 08:00 Arrives: 10:40

Tehran (IKA)-Doha (DOH) QR483 Departs: 12:30 Arrives: 14:10

Doha (DOH)-Tehran (IKA) QR490 Departs: 00:50 Arrives: 03:30

Tehran (IKA)-Doha (DOH) QR491 Departs: 04:40 Arrives: 06:20


(each day, except Tuesdays, from 4 January 2019)

Doha (DOH)-Tehran (IKA) QR498 Departs: 19:00 Arrives: 21:40

Tehran (IKA)-Doha (DOH) QR499 Departs: 22:50 Arrives: 00:30+1


Mashad Flight Schedule:


Doha (DOH)-Mashad (MHD) QR494 Departs: 00:01 Arrives: 02:50

Mashad (MHD)-Doha (DOH) QR495 Departs: 04:00 Arrives: 06:20

 Doha (DOH)-Mashad (MHD) QR492 Departs: 18:25 Arrives: 21:15

Mashad (MHD)-Doha (DOH) QR493 Departs: 22:25 Arrives: 00:45+1


Notes to Editors:

About Qatar Airways: 

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating more than 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 160 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2018, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; Mombasa, Kenya and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft. 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat,’ ‘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, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 160 key business and leisure destinations globally on more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 15 Boeing 777 freighters and eight Airbus A330 freighters. 

For further information, please contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200


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