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Qatar Airways’ Inaugural Flight to Rabat Touches Down at Rabat–Salé Airport

Services to Rabat operated three times per week by a Boeing 787 aircraft

Rabat is Qatar Airways’ third gateway to Morocco, strengthening the airline’s already robust presence in the Moroccan market

 

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways’ first flight from Doha to Rabat landed on Wednesday at Rabat–Salé Airport, marking the airline’s third gateway to Morocco. Qatar Airways flight QR 1463, operated by a Boeing 787, was welcomed by a celebratory water cannon salute upon arrival in the Moroccan capital.

Present on board the inaugural flight to Rabat was Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, Mr. Ehab Amin.

VIPs present to greet the flight included the Ambassador of the State of Qatar, H.E. Mr.  Abdulla Falah Al-Dosari; Minister Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar in Morocco, Mr. Khaled Mohammed Al-Dosari; General Manager of Morocco’s Civil Aviation Authority; Mr. Zakaria Belghazi; General Manager of Air Transport Morocco, Mr. Tarik Talibi; Deputy Mayor of  Rabat, Mr. Khalid Moujaouir; and President of the Regional Tourism Council in Rabat, Mr. Hassan Bargach.

Services to Rabat will be served three times per week by a Boeing 787 aircraft, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to launch services to Rabat, a beautiful coastal city and key business hub. This new gateway to Morocco will strengthen Qatar Airways’ already robust presence in the Moroccan market, while providing our passengers travelling from Morocco enhanced connectivity to our extensive global route map of more than 160 destinations. Rabat, the country’s capital, is also a major commercial and administrative centre, making it a key destination for business travellers, both from the region and internationally.”

Moroccan Airports Authority Chief Executive Officer, Mr Zouhair Mohammed El Aoufir, said: “We are pleased to welcome Qatar Airways as one of our airline partners operating flights to the Rabat-Salé airport. This new route continues to enrich the airport’s offers, and certainly opens further opportunities for Rabat, the city of lights.

This new route, in addition to the existing Doha-Casablanca route, strengthens our ambition to developing long-haul flights to this airport, as well as reflecting the strong relationship and cooperation between our two countries.”

Visitors to Rabat can enjoy a wide variety of activities, including shopping for textiles, jewellery and crafts in the many traditional souqs in the city’s Old Medina. Tourists can also visit the Andalusian Gardens, a tranquil oasis where visitors can wander and admire the many traditional Andalusian flowers and shrubs, including orange, lemon and banana trees.

Qatar Airways also operates daily flights to Casablanca on a Boeing 777. Additionally, the carrier’s joint business agreement partner, Royal Air Maroc, provides five weekly flights from Casablanca to Doha. Services to Rabat are operated three times weekly via Marrakech.

As well as enjoying the award-winning in-flight service on board, passengers travelling to Rabat will also have access to Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system, offering the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more.

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 currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The airline will add a number of new destinations to its extensive route network in 2019, including Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia and Langkawi, Malaysia. 

 

Flight Schedule:

29 May 2019 to 26 October 2019 (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)

Doha (DOH) to Marrakech (RAK) QR1463 departs 10:10, arrives 15:10

Marrakech (RAK) to Rabat (RBA) QR1463 departs 16:30, arrives 17:30

Rabat (RBA) to Doha (DOH) QR1463 departs 18:40, arrives 04:25 +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 on board a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network this year, including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Langkawi, Malaysia; Davao, Philippines; Izmir, Turkey; and Mogadishu, Somalia.

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 Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways has been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, four times.

Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry.

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 160 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, B777, 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 2022 World Cup, 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 250 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 16 Boeing 777 freighters and five Airbus A330 freighters.

 

For further information, please contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200

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