Qatar Airways’ historic maiden flight to Washington, D. C. will touch down at Dulles International Airport next week to a “fireman’s salute” water arch ceremony and a fanfare of music and entertainment.
The new service from Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, to Dulles - gateway to the American seat of government - will mark the first daily, non- stop service to Washington by a Middle Eastern carrier.
With daily flights beginning July 19, Washington, D.C. takes its place as the 78th international destination to be served by Qatar Airways.
The new service follows quickly on the heels of Qatar Airways’ highly successful launch of flights to New York (Newark) on June 26.
The event was marked by a similar airport welcome ceremony, as well as a star-studded gala produced by party planner extraordinaire Colin Cowie at the Jazz at Lincoln Center which was hosted by Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.
Of the new Dulles service, Al Baker said: “This is an historic first for Qatar Airways as we open two major gateways in such quick succession. feel honored to see the national carrier of my country make its mark in North America for the second time in only three weeks.
“Our determination and endeavors to open these two major American cities will soon at last be fulfilled. I would like to thank the authorities in both America and Qatar for making our historic second American route a reality,” he added.
“We are the only Middle East carrier flying to Newark Liberty International Airport and will be the only one offering daily, non-stop service to Dulles International Airport, providing our passengers from across the Gulf countries and feeder markets in the Indian subcontinent with excellent onward connections across the USA.”
Qatar Airways’ award-winning Five Star service will bridge the capital of Qatar and America’s government center daily using the carrier’s state-of-the- art Airbus A340 aircraft in a three-class configuration.
The airline operates 8 seats in First Class - seats that convert into flat beds - up to 42 seats in Business Class, which offer generous space with 160 degree recline, and up to 216 seats in Economy.
The launch of the two US flights is the highlight of Qatar Airways’ route expansion during 2007, which has already seen Dar es Salaam, Lagos, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Chennai and Geneva added to the carrier’s burgeoning network. On November 30, the carrier launches services to the Swedish capital, Stockholm.
Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, currently operates a modern fleet of 58 all-Airbus aircraft to 78 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Far East, Indian subcontinent and America. With a growing international network, more travelers have an opportunity to use Qatar Airways’ brand new Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport, exclusively for its departing First and Business Class passengers.
The Premium Terminal features facilities including a spa, jacuzzi, exclusive duty free shopping, business centre, fine dining restaurants and cocktail bar. Built in just nine months, the US$90 million terminal is the world’s first commercial passenger building dedicated to First and Business Class passengers and offers departing and transit passengers an excellent opportunity to relax and unwind prior to their flight.