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Qatar Airways brings Airbus A350 to Greece for the first time

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The award-winning airline deployed the state-of-the-art aircraft on the Doha-Athens route yesterday. Qatar Airways to launch direct service to Thessaloniki in March, as part of the airline’s continued expansion plans.

DOHA, QATAR - Qatar Airways announced that it is the first airline to ever fly the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 to Greece. The airline temporarily upgraded its current triple-daily service to Athens to an ultra-modern A350 on Monday, with the arrival of the flight greeted by a water canon salute at Athens International Airport.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are extremely proud to be the first airline to fly the Airbus A350 to Greece. Athens is a key destination on our European network, and we are delighted to be able to provide our passengers travelling to Greece today with the ultimate comfort and services on board one of the most technologically advanced aircraft in the sky. We will have more good news for the Greek market later this year with the upcoming launch of direct services to Thessaloniki, offering our passengers even more opportunity to explore this majestic country.”

Qatar Airways was the global launch customer of the Airbus A350 in January 2015. The award-winning airline has the largest fleet of this aircraft type of any airline in the world and currently operates 22 A350 aircraft across its global network to destinations including Adelaide, Brussels, Geneva, Singapore and Tokyo. It was the first airline to fly the A350 to the United States and to Australia. The airline will also shortly be the launch customer for the state-of-the-art A350-1000.

The Airbus A350 aircraft features a total of 283 seats, with 36 Business class seats and 247 in Economy Class. Thanks to the extra-wide cabin design, passengers on board are offered unparalleled comfort in both cabins, with Business Class fully flat beds and spacious seats in Economy Class. With high-definition touch screens and dual-screen function that allows for simultaneous viewing, passengers can enjoy countless entertainment options through the airline’s award winning Oryx One entertainment system, as well as connect to the internet through Wi-Fi service.

The award-winning airline in March will launch non-stop flights to Thessaloniki, its second destination in Greece. The four-times weekly new service between Doha and Thessaloniki will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.

Qatar Airways connects passengers in Greece to more than 150 destinations via its award-winning Hamad International Airport, and also offers seamless connecting flights to its extensive global network of more than 150 destinations across six continents. As part of its continued expansion plans, the airline also recently launched services to Chiang Mai, Thailand and St. Petersburg, Russia, and plans a host of exciting route launches for 2018, including Penang, Malaysia; Canberra, Australia and Cardiff, Wales.

The award-winning airline has received a number of accolades recently, including ‘Airline of the Year’ by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition as the World’s Best Airline. In addition to being voted ‘Best Airline’ by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’

Qatar Airways to display award-winning Qsuite and A350-900 at Kuwait Aviation Show 2018
Qatar Airways also announced its participation in the inaugural Kuwait Aviation Show 2018, where it will display the Boeing 777 fitted with its award-winning, revolutionary new Business Class seat, Qsuite. The show, which will take place from 17-20 January 2018 at Kuwait International Airport, will also showcase Qatar Airways’ extra-wide body Airbus A350-900.

The event, the first of its kind to be held in Kuwait, is set to draw thousands of industry representatives and international media. Qatar Airways’ participation kicks off 2018 with a bang, after capping a success-filled year of 11 new route launches and more than 50 award wins, as well as host of exciting new destinations planned for the upcoming year, including Pattaya, Thailand; Penang, Malaysia and Canberra, Australia, to name just a few.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to take part in the first Kuwait Aviation Show, which will attract some of the major aviation manufacturers from around the globe. I am sure that Qsuite, our new First in Business Class product, and state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 will be key attractions throughout the week for the industry, trade, media and aviation enthusiasts alike, demonstrating once again Qatar Airways’ relentless pursuit of innovation and commitment to ensuring the highest-quality experience for our passengers.

“As one of the world’s fastest growing global airlines, operating 63 flights a week to Kuwait’s International Airport and connecting to more than 150 destinations, Qatar Airways is well-positioned to offer its award-winning services to everyone attending the air show.”

Qsuite offers the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as sliding privacy doors that enable passengers to create their own private cabin. Launched at ITB Berlin in March 2017 to outstanding global acclaim, Qsuite has revolutionised premium travel by bringing a First Class experience to the Business Class cabin. The patented features within Qsuite provide the ultimate customisable travel experience for Qatar Airways’ Business Class passengers, enabling them to create an environment specific to their own needs, bringing an additional level of privacy, style and luxury to Business Class travel.

The first aircraft fully-fitted with Qsuite was launched on the airline’s Doha-London route last summer, soon followed by Paris and New York, with service to Washington, D.C. launched earlier this month.

The state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft, also on display at the show, features a total of 283 seats, with 36 Business Class seats and 247 in Economy Class. Thanks to the extra-wide cabin design, passengers on board are offered unparalleled comfort in both cabins, with Business Class fully flat beds and spacious seats in Economy Class

Known for introducing industry firsts, Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the State of Qatar, and is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

Qatar Airways currently holds the title of ‘Airline of The Year’ as awarded by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards. In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’

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