Qatar Airways is to become the first carrier to fly an all-Business Class service from London Heathrow. The new daily service will fly from Heathrow to Doha, Qatar, using an Airbus A319 configured with a single aisle and 2×2 seating offering 40 seats.
The new service, from Terminal 4, commences on 15th May 2014 and departs Heathrow at 21.55, arriving in Doha at 06.40 the following day.
Qatar Airways currently operates five daily flights to London Heathrow and the additional sixth all-Business Class daily service marks the start of a new era for travellers to and from the UK, who can experience complete comfort and privacy with the airline’s award-winning 5-star hospitality.
The new additional flight will step up the frequency on the London Heathrow-Doha route from 35 to 42 weekly services.
Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ Chief Executive, said: “Today’s announcement reaffirms Qatar Airways’ determination to continue its expansion drive by improving an already superior inflight product.
“The airline goes to great lengths to consider passenger convenience and comfort at every step of their journey. The London Heathrow-Doha route is one of Qatar Airways’ most popular international routes and it was only fitting that we introduce an all-Business Class service on this key route, where customers will also be able to benefit from our new Qatar Airways premium lounge in London Heathrow’s Terminal 4 and, of course, the Premium Terminal in Doha.”
Qatar Airways’ new A319 Business Class seat will have one of the highest specifications for business class travel of any airline, with wide seats that recline into fully flat beds and state-of-the -art Oryx entertainment system (with more than 900 entertainment options – movies, television, video games and music).
Passengers can also remain in touch with their friends and loved ones on the ground through the SMS mobile texting GSM and GPRS service on this aircraft, which is sure to reflect that of a VIP jet experience for those travelling between London and Doha.
Currently undergoing rapid expansion, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines, operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 129 aircraft flying to 134 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.
Qatar Airways’ first venture into the all-Business Class premium market will strengthen its position as one of the leading airlines in the global aviation industry.
As part of its aggressive expansion programme, Qatar Airways will launch routes to eight new destinations during 2014: Sharjah (UAE) from 1st March; Dubai World Central (UAE) from 1st March; Philadelphia (USA) from 2nd April; Larnaca (Cyprus) from 29th April; Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (Turkey) from 22nd May; Edinburgh (Scotland) from 28th May; Miami (USA) from 10th June; and Dallas/Fort Worth (USA) from 1st July.