The airline’s new service boosts regional tourism in Ireland, and provides leisure and business travellers with access to more than 150 destinations across the world
DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Jul-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, landed in Dublin on Thursday to host a press conference celebrating the airline’s new direct service between Dublin and Doha.
H.E. Mr. Al Baker was welcomed at the airport by Dublin Airport Chief Executive, Mr. Kevin Toland; Dublin Airport Managing Director, Mr. Vincent Harrison and Sheikh Salman bin Jassim Al-Thani from the Qatari embassy in London.
H.E. Mr. Al Baker hosted a crowded press conference on Thursday at the InterContinental Dublin for Irish and international media from Australia and Qatar who were keen to hear the latest plans for the airline.
During the conference H.E. Mr. Al Baker confirmed that Qatar Airways is committed to bringing more visitors to Dublin, boosting tourism to the already popular Irish capital and its neighbouring cities. The new route will also give the people of Ireland the opportunity to connect to more than 150 destinations on the airline’s global network via its hub in Doha, Hamad International Airport.
H.E. Mr. Al Baker, said: “Dublin has long been on our list of destinations to add to our route map, and I am proud that we are here today to celebrate this important milestone in the history of our airline. We are here to serve the people of Ireland with a world-class service connecting them to business and leisure destinations on our global network.
“It is also our pleasure to promote Ireland as a tourism destination to our loyal passengers who have already shown their appetite for Dublin.”
Dublin Airport Chief Executive, Mr. Kevin Toland, who joined the press conference in Dublin, said: “We want to express our warmest welcome to Qatar Airways and its new daily route between Dublin and Doha. We welcome tourists from Doha and beyond to enjoy Ireland’s traditions and lively culture.
“There are many great reasons to take a break in Dublin which is a wonderful, vibrant and exciting city. Visitors can explore the city’s exceptional museums, take a cycle around town on the city bikes, or take a walk on cobbled roads. A stunning countryside of mountains, lakes and quaint villages are a short trip away from Dublin for everyone to enjoy.”
Qatar Airways, one of the fastest-growing airlines in the history of aviation, will continue to expand its global network in 2017 and 2018, giving Irish passengers and expats living in Dublin the opportunity to travel seamlessly to more than 150 destinations. An additional 26 new destinations will be launched in 2017 and 2018 including Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Accra, Ghana; Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; and Mombasa, Kenya.
The new direct flights to Dublin will also provide Qatar Airways Cargo’s customers 80 tonnes of belly-hold capacity each week. Temperature-controlled products are the major exports out of Ireland and the cargo carrier is proficient in supporting the air logistics through its specialist solutions QR Pharma, for pharmaceuticals and QR Fresh, for perishables. Customers are offered a seamless cool chain transfer for their temperature-sensitive products via the state-of-the-art and fully automated hub in Doha. Its facility at Hamad International Airport is wholly compliant with both, IATA Chapter 17 standards and Good Distribution Practice (GDP).
Qatar Airways has already made an impact in Ireland with its new service flying at almost full capacity in the last few weeks since its launch. The airline has also made its presence in the market felt with key sponsorships at exciting events around the city including the Dublin Horse Show and the Darley Irish Oaks Day at the Curragh Racetrack.
Dublin – Doha Flight Schedules:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sundays
Doha (DOH) to Dublin (DUB) QR017 departs: 07:45 arrives: 13:20
Dublin (DUB) to Doha (DOH) to QR018 departs: 15:25 arrives: 00:30
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Doha (DOH) to Dublin (DUB) QR019 departs: 01:50 arrives: 07:25
Dublin (DUB) to Doha (DOH) to QR020 departs: 08:50 arrives: 17:55
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About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fast growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its network in 2017/18, including Dublin, Nice, Skopje, Sarajevo and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 200 aircraft.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was recently named Airline of the Year by the 2017 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named World’s Best Business Class, Best Airline in the Middle East, and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.
Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, as well as F.C. Barcelona, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.
Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally with 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.
For further information, please contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 4022 2200
Source: Qatar Airways