B777-300ER VERSUS AIRBUS A350-XWB – QATAR AIRWAYS NOW OFFERS A CHOICE ON FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK
(Posted 05th April 2016)
The launch this week of a second daily flight from Doha to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport has seen the airline’s most advanced aircraft, the Airbus A350-900 deployed on the route.
The addition of the second flight follows soon after the airline launched daily services to Boston and ahead of the planned June 01st inaugural flight to Atlanta.
Said Mr. Akbar al Baker, Group CEO of Qatar Airways, on the occasion of the launch of double daily services to the ‘Big Apple‘: ‘This new route is evidence of our rapid growth in the United States. By offering a second flight from JFK, we provide our leisure and business travellers with convenient connections, via Doha, to top destinations in Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia and the Far East. In particular, business travel between New York City and Singapore on Qatar Airways is now one of our most popular routes, offering business travellers a best-in-class experience featuring the Airbus 350 – the most technologically advanced aircraft in commercial aviation flying today – on every leg of the journey. The Airbus A350 is an iconic commercial aircraft of the next decade. We were proud to be a part of its inception and we look forward to introducing this unparalleled aircraft with business and leisure travellers along our New York – Doha route‘.
The other daily flight is operated by a Boeing B777-300ER while Boston and Philadelphia are also served with the A350-900. The aircraft offers on board WiFi and GSM service in both Business and Economy Class.
The additional flights and new destinations in the United States, and in fact across the globe, have made Qatar Airways the airline of choice for many travelers from Eastern Africa, where the carrier serves Addis Ababa, Asmara, Djibouti, Nairobi, Entebbe, Kigali but also Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and the holiday island of Zanzibar.
Said one of Kampala’s leading travel agents earlier today when discussing the development: ‘If we have one issue it is that Entebbe gets an Airbus A320 once a day. I think we could sell more passengers on Qatar Airways if maybe we had a second flight on the route. After all, this service combines with Kigali and there Qatar Airways is the only Gulf carrier after FlyDubai has withdrawn. Our clients just love the inflight service and when they continue from Doha to their final destination, the wide body aircraft are giving unparalleled cabin comfort with just 3x3x3 in Economy Class and that phantastic 1x2x1 in Business Class‘.
The more than 180 aircraft on the fleet now serve over 150 destinations worldwide with more being launched for the remainder of this year and next year.