Qatar Airways yesterday commenced daily, non-stop services between the newly unveiled Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The new route increases Qatar Airways’ extensive global network to seven gateways within the United States and 144 destinations worldwide.
Dallas/Fort Worth becomes Qatar Airways’ second destination in Texas, representing the airline’s enduring commitment to the region. Along with Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth will serve as a crucial junction between Qatar Airways’ global network, via Doha, and other key destinations across the Southwestern USA, including Austin, San Antonio and Oklahoma City, through its oneworld alliance partners.
“We are delighted to welcome Dallas/Fort Worth into our expanding global network,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “We are particularly pleased to begin serving the home city of our oneworld alliance partner American Airlines. Together, we can provide North Texas and the surrounding region with unparalleled service and better connections to Doha and around the world.”
Dallas/Fort Worth is a world centre for major American corporations, including Justin Boots, Texas Instruments, Frito Lay and AT&T. The region is also home to major oil and gas companies, including Exxon Mobil.
“Our partnership with Qatar Airways and today’s inaugural flight from Doha is exciting for the Airport and the millions of passengers we serve. Dallas/Fort Worth customers now have nonstop access to a new destination in the Gulf Region,” said Sean Donohue, DFW Airport’s Chief Executive Officer. “DFW is an integral economic driver to the region and this new nonstop service will add approximately $200 million annually to our economy.”
The new route flies daily between Dallas/Fort Worth and Doha, departing from Doha at 8:10am and arriving into Dallas/Fort Worth at 3:35pm the same day. Overnight service to Doha departs Dallas/Fort Worth at 8:00pm and lands in Doha at 6:20pm the following day. The route is operated with a Boeing 777-200LR configured with 217 Economy Class seats and 42 Business Class seats.
Outbound passengers to Doha will enjoy fast, convenient connections to key destinations throughout the world, including Delhi, Beijing, Tokyo, Bangkok and Perth, via the world’s newest international hub, Hamad International Airport.
Officially commencing full operations on 1 May, Hamad International Airport offers state-of-the-art facilities and is capable of handling over 360,000 flights and 30 million passengers annually, with a capacity of 50 million passengers after full completion.
As one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, Dallas/Fort Worth represents Qatar Airways’ tenth new destination of 2014. The airline operates one of the youngest fleets in the sky and will be adding the highly anticipated Airbus A380 and A350 in the near future.
Source: Qatar Airways.