Qatar Airways has launched its inaugural long-haul Boeing 787 Dreamliner service on the Doha – London Heathrow route, becoming the first airline to operate regular scheduled flights with the state-of-the art aircraft to and from the UK.
Despite wintry weather, Qatar Airways’ 787 – flight QR075 – was warmly welcomed at London Heathrow by a special arrival ceremony.
An official delegation from Doha was on the inaugural flight from the airline’s Doha hub, including Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker and VIP guest his excellency Michael O’Neill, British ambassador to Qatar.
The Dreamliner’s debut from the Doha-based carrier marks the start of an exciting new era for travellers to and from the UK, who will have the opportunity to travel the world onboard one of the most spacious and comfortable aircraft in the skies today.
Combining breakthrough technology with a human approach to design, it is the first time Boeing has developed a plane from the point of view of passenger experience.
Qatar Airways worked closely with Boeing on the design interiors being a key customer of the manufacturer’s newest aircraft.
The 787 is designed as the next generation aircraft for air travel well into the 21st century offering unrivalled passenger comfort and space.
On arrival at Heathrow, Al Baker said: “Today we inaugurate our 787 on the London Heathrow route, putting Qatar Airways firmly on the global aviation map as a carrier with a determination to continue its expansion drive and improve an already superior in-flight product.
“The Doha – Heathrow route is one of our most popular international routes and it was only fitting that we deploy our new 787 to and from London.”
Qatar Airways took delivery of the first of 60 Dreamliners last month with the third 787 joining the airline’s fleet just days ago.
Since taking delivery of its first 787 four weeks ago, Qatar Airways has been flying the aircraft between Doha and both Dubai and Kuwait allowing cabin crew to familiarise themselves with the airplane.