Qatar Air takes delivery of sixth 787 Dreamliner
Qatar Airways has said it has taken delivery of its sixth Boeing 787 Dreamliner and plans to announce new destinations on which the aircraft will operate.
The Doha-based airline received the plane following its direct flight from Seattle to the Paris Air Show venue at Le Bourget.
Of the airline’s five Dreamliners already in service, they fly from Doha to destinations including London Heathrow, Zurich, Frankfurt, Munich and Dubai with more 787 routes expected to be announced over the next few weeks, the carrier said in a statement.
As the 787 Middle East launch customer, Qatar Airways’ first unveiled its Dreamliner at the world’s largest aviation event, Farnborough Air Show in Hampshire, UK in July last year.
Qatar Airways traditionally has a strong presence at the Paris Air Show, which runs from June 17-23.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “We are absolutely delighted to have our brand new 787 fly into Le Bourget direct from Boeing’s assembly plant in Seattle for what promises to be yet another exciting Paris Air Show.
“The 787 has created new benchmarks in comfort and space, with revolutionary seat design as well as key state-of-the-art features, and we look forward to showcasing this aircraft to visitors from around the world."
The show is expected to host more than 2,000 exhibitors from over 40 countries.
Qatar Airways has so far this year launched six destinations – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman) and Basra (Iraq).
Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Chengdu, China (September 3), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 28) and Philadelphia, USA (April 2 2014).