Yesterday, Qatar Airways brought their long-awaited, first commercial flight to Atlanta, as the airline commenced daily, non-stop service between Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) and Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha. Skytrax's reigning "Airline of the Year" marked the occasion by operating the inaugural flights with one of the airline's super jumbo Airbus A380 aircraft. The inaugural inbound and outbound flights were at full capacity, filling 517 seats, demonstrating the need and desire for new international service to and from Atlanta.
"From our very first flight, we see that our services are essential to this city," said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. "Even in a major aviation hub such as Atlanta, we are broadening the horizon and giving seasoned business and leisure travellers convenient access to many new and important destinations around the world. Atlanta is home to dozens of Fortune 500 companies that conduct business around the world – businesses that need the convenience only our flight, with connections in Doha, can provide."
Qatar Airways' home and hub, Hamad International Airport, offer geographic advantages other airlines and alliances cannot; the carrier is based in Doha, within six hours of 80 percent of the world's population. With its extensive network throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Qatar Airways flights can reduce overall flying time by hours.
"We look forward to welcoming our newest airline partner this week," interim Airport General Manger Roosevelt Council, Jr. said today. "Expanding opportunities for our customers and growing our international reach is one of our top goals. Qatar Airways allows us to accomplish just that."
The first Qatar Airways departure proves the point: Hundreds of passengers on the first flight from Atlanta took advantage of convenient connections to reach more than 40 destinations out of the airline's global network of over 150 cities. The majority of connecting passengers flew on from Hamad International to India, Southeast Asia and African destinations, such as Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Asmara, and Khartoum.
"Our vision for Qatar Airways and Hamad International has always been as a global hub, seamlessly spanning continents and facilitating world travel," continued Mr. Al Baker. "The world becomes far more accessible with this kind of global network, and we at Qatar Airways want to take the journey with you, and make the travel as rewarding and memorable as the destination."
The new route will feature the Boeing 777-200LR for regular service. QR755 will depart Doha (DOH) at 9:05am AST, arriving in Atlanta (ATL) at 4:55pm EST. QR756 will regularly depart Atlanta at 7:25pm EST and arrive in Doha at 4:15pm AST, the following day.
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