Qatar Airways has confirmed that it will begin daily flights to Brazil and Argentina from 24 June 210, marking the airline’s first online operations to South America.
The airline will deploy its Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft on the two South American routes – to the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo and Argentine capital Buenos Aires.
The date announcement comes just weeks after the airline revealed plans to serve South America, and spread its wings to yet another Continent. The flights will offer convenient connections from key markets across Asia and the Gulf to South America.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said that adding destinations in South America to the network was a great achievement for the young airline.
“We have experienced incredible expansion over the years and by soon adding Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires to our growing network, we can proudly say Qatar Airways is a truly international airline,” said Al Baker.
Flights to Sao Paulo will be operated daily non-stop from the airline’s hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar. The aircraft will then continue onto Buenos Aires.
The airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft feature business class seats that convert into 180 degree fully flat horizontal beds. Last November the airline won the coveted “World’s Leading Airline Business Class” at the World Travel Awards.
The aircraft is designed to operate on ultra-long routes of up to 17 hours non-stop. It already serves Houston and Melbourne, non-stop from Doha.
Al Baker added: “We have seven new routes lined up during the first six months of 2010, and the airline plans to open up even more routes within the next 12 months as our growth strategy continues to evolve.
“The airline is receiving on average one new aircraft a month, allowing us to concentrate on enhancing our existing services, as well as opening up new routes. It’s a very exciting time for Qatar Airways.”
Qatar Airways recently launched daily flights to the southern Indian city of Bangalore and Copenhagen. Flights to Ankara begin on April 5; Tokyo starts on April 26; and Barcelona from June 7.