DOHA, Qatar, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Qatar Airways, the national carrier for Qatar, has announced Miami (IATA code: MIA) to be its sixth destination to the U.S. beginning June 10, 2014. The airline will offer non-stop flights from its hub in Doha four-times per week aboard a Boeing 777.
"The U.S. is a growing market for us and the addition of Miami as a destination and our membership in the oneworld Alliance opens up a multitude of better routes with the Middle East, East Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and Western Australia to and from the east coast of the U.S.," said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.
Miami, located on the southeastern coast of the State of Florida, is a magnet for international banking and multinational corporations especially interested in Latin America. Known for year-around sun, Miami also attracts visitors to its vibrant tourist and entertainment industries.
"Miami International Airport serves nearly 40 million passengers a year, with approximately 20 million traveling internationally," said Miami-Dade Aviation Department Aviation Director Emilio Gonzalez. "The addition to Qatar Airways' destinations in the U.S. will help establish Miami as a significant route to the Middle East and beyond. As Qatar Airways' sixth destination in the U.S. and its only service to the Southeast U.S. and Florida, we look forward to welcoming this game-changing new route for MIA."
Qatar Airways currently operates to Chicago, Houston, New York, and Washington D.C., in the U.S. and will add Philadelphia in April 2014. The airline will operate a Boeing 777-200 to Miami with a two-class configuration with 42 seats in Business and 217 seats in Economy.
Qatar Airways will begin operations to and from Miami (MIA) as per below schedule effective June 10, 2014:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
QR777 Departs DOH 08:40 hrs Arrives MIA 17:20 hrs Travel time: 15:40
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
QR778 Departs MIA 21:15 hrs Arrives DOH 18:20 hrs +1 day Travel time: 14:20
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 131 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.
In 2013, Qatar Airways has launched ten destinations to date – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq), Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), Chengdu (China), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), and most recently Ta'if (Saudi Arabia).
Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Clark Manila International Airport, Philippines (October 28) and Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014).
Notes to Editors:
Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France in June. The airline was awarded World's Best Business Class, World's Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.
The airline has also been named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport named Best Premium Service Airport for the third consecutive year in 2013. Qatar Airways has also twice been the recipient of the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry.
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. On 30 October 2013, Qatar Airways will join the oneworld global alliance. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com.
For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 44302072, Fax: +974 44302069
SOURCE Qatar Airways