Qatar Airways starts direct service to Dallas
Texas (US), July 2, 2014
Qatar Airways said its inaugural flight to US city of Dallas touched down at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) mid-afternoon after flying direct from its hub in Doha
With this new non-stop flight to DFW, Qatar Airways aims to give its US customers expanded access through Doha to the whole of Gulf region, Africa, India and Southeast Asia, said a statement from Qatar national carrier.
Qatar Airways, a oneworld partner, is the second Gulf carrier to begin operations at DFW as the airline targets growth markets across the US.
The airline will be operating the Dallas flights daily at 8pm using a 777-200LR aircraft with business and economy class service.
The new route supports both business and leisure travelers with continued service to more than 100 destinations across the GCC, Africa, India, and Southeast Asian region, it added.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: "Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is a major hub for global aviation and an essential part of our expanding global network. We greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication of these cities and the airport, which has made this important partnership possible."
"We look forward to offering our signature 5-star service to passengers across North Texas. Also, through our oneworld partnership with American Airlines, Qatar Airways will now connect cities across the Southwestern USA to our network via DFW," he stated.
The inbound flight was greeted at DFW today with a shower of affection and departing customers were treated at the gate to appetizers and coffee that represent the tastes of the Doha region, with background music performed on traditional Middle Eastern hand drums called "doumbek."
"Our partnership with Qatar Airways and today's inaugural flight from Doha is exciting for the airport and the millions of passengers we serve. Dallas/Fort Worth customers now have nonstop access to a new destination in the Gulf region and a second major carrier from this region joins DFW," remarked Sean Donohue, DFW Airport's chief executive officer.
"DFW is an integral economic driver to the region and this new nonstop service adds approximately $200 million annually to our economy," he added.
Highlighting the service are connections in Doha of approximately three hours or less to major cities in the Indian subcontinent like Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai.
Qatar Airways' nonstop flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Doha also features a Business Class service - named the "World's Best Business Class" at the Skytrax World Airline Awards in 2013 - as well as economy service.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, DFW Airport is the world's fourth busiest, hosting 1,850 flights a day and serving 60 million customers a year. Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, the airport provides nonstop service to 147 domestic and 55 international destinations.
For seven consecutive years, DFW has been ranked among the top ten large airports worldwide for customer service in surveys conducted by Airports Council International.-TradeArabia News Service