- Dublin-Doha confirmed
- Launch depends on release of 787 by A350 deliveries
Qatar’s new service from Dublin to Doha, which was first reported by Travel Extra, is to start Qatar Airways Dublin to Doha to start June 12. The route is included among eight announced by the airline scheduled to launch in 2017 and 2018.
CEO of Qatar Akbar Al Baker said that Dublin was a priority but the route was dependent on an A350 being released by accelerated, or not delayed, deliveries of the A350s the airline has ordered.
Seven other destinations were announced: Canberra, Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Medan, Tabuk and Yanbu.
Previously announced destinations are: Auckland, to start 5 February 2017, which will be the world’s longest commercial flight; Sarajevo, Skopje, Libreville, Nice, Chiang Mai and Douala.
Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways offers the world the best network, the best on board experience and the best connecting experience at Hamad International Airport. We operate the world’s youngest fleet, averaging just five years old, and we fly the most technologically advanced aircraft that provide our passengers with an award-winning experience while also ensuring the most efficient and environmentally friendly operations. Our intention is to ensure our passengers can choose Qatar Airways for all of their travel needs – whether they are flying on business, for pleasure, or a combination of both. With today’s network announcement, we will be able to connect more people to more places than any other Gulf airline, and we will ensure our passengers will delight in the journey. At Qatar Airways, we are going places together with our passengers, and we look forward to welcoming these new destinations in 2017-18.”
- Watch here video from CAPA summit with audio of Travel Extra’s conversation withb with Akbar Al Baker on Dublin-Doha,