Despite wintry weather, the Airbus A320 operating flight number QR 980 was warmly welcomed at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport in the Polish capital to a special arrival ceremony.
Warsaw marks the latest point in the airline’s expanding global route map, now totalling 122 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. In Europe alone, the carrier now flies to 32 destinations with Zagreb, Belgrade among the airline’s route start-ups this year.
An official delegation from Doha was on the inaugural flight from the airline’s Doha hub to Warsaw, including Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, His Excellency Robert Rostek, Ambassador of Poland to the State of Qatar, and media from across the Asia Pacific region.
Upon arrival, the delegation was greeted by Director of Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport, Michał Marzec, followed by a traditional Polish folk dance welcome. Arrival ceremony guests included His Excellency Hadi Bin Nasser Al-Hajri, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Poland.
The official part of the ceremony included speeches by Marzec and Al Baker followed by a gift exchange to signal the newest route on Qatar Airways’ international map.
Al Baker expressed his optimism about the development of the latest route, highlighting how the Polish economy was developing fast.
“I believe there are no other countries in this region that are developing so fast and dynamically as Poland is now,” he said.
“That made us confident that Warsaw as a destination will attract many passengers, especially with Poles keen to travel to distant destinations in Asia, Africa and Australia which we can provide with our new flights via our Doha hub.
“Qatar Airways offers the people of Poland our award-winning five-star hospitality flying with us to the Middle East and beyond and in the other direction, we look forward to flying passengers from across our network to Poland with ease and comfort.”
The Doha – Warsaw route is being operated four-times-a-week with a modern Airbus A320, featuring 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 in Business Class and 132 in Economy. The aircraft offers seatback TV screens providing passengers with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system and a choice of more than 800 audio and video on demand options, together with an SMS text messaging service from each seat.
One of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 15 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 114 aircraft to 122 key business and leisure destinations worldwide.
Since the beginning of 2012, Qatar Airways has launched flights to 12 new destinations – Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq), Baghdad (Iraq), Perth (Australia), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania); Yangon (Myanmar), Maputo (Mozambique), Belgrade (Serbia) and now Warsaw, Poland.
Over the next few months, Qatar Airways will launch services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Gassim, Saudi Arabia (7 January 2013); Najaf, Iraq (January 23); Phnom Penh, Cambodia (February 20); Chengdu, China (March 19); Chicago, USA (April 10); and Salalah, Oman (May 22).
Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. In addition to winning Skytrax’s prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 and 2012, Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best Premium Service Airport for the second consecutive year in 2012. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry. In October 2012, Qatar Airways became the first of the major Gulf carriers to officially join a global alliance having been invited into the oneworld group. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com