Qatar Airways has resumed its Boeing 787 services after a worldwide grounding of the aircraft in January.
The airline’s first Boeing 787 to be redeployed operated flight QR116 from Doha to Dubai.
The airline’s fleet of five Dreamliners was grounded earlier this year following a directive from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States and Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority.
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker was the first passenger to board the airline’s reinstated Dreamliner 787, joined by president Boeing Middle East Jeffrey Johnson.
Al Baker said he was delighted to be back on board the Dreamliner.
“I always said I would be the first to fly on Qatar Airways’ 787 once it returned to service, and I’m thrilled that our Dreamliner fleet is back in the skies, providing our passengers with an unparalleled level of service and comfort,” he said.
“After a setback that not only affected our own worldwide operations, but those of many carriers worldwide, we look forward to now deploying the Dreamliner on other key routes over the coming weeks.
“I have always hailed the Dreamliner as the state-of-the-art aircraft destined to change the way people travel and I was delighted to be on board our first 787 to take to the air again.
“Throughout the grounding of our fleet we have worked closely with Boeing to monitor the situation and work towards getting our fleet up and running again.
“Safety has always been the number one priority for Qatar Airways and I have full confidence in the safety and security of this aircraft.”