DALLAS and FORT WORTH, Texas, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Qatar Airways celebrates one full year of daily, non-stop service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. The airline's anniversary comes at the heels of the 2015 Skytrax awards, where Qatar Airways was honored with the top prize of "Airline of the Year."
"Dallas/Forth Worth has been an excellent partner in our efforts to give U.S. travelers superior leisure travel options and build stronger business relationships across North Texas," said Gunter Saurwein, Qatar Airways Vice President, Americas. "The route has been an incredible success and we will continue to offer 5-star connections between DFW and our network of over 140 destinations around the world."
During last year's launch, Sean Donohue, DFW Airport's Chief Executive Officer, referred to the airport as "an integral economic driver for the region" and estimated that the new route would add approximately $200 million to the local economy.
"DFW congratulates oneworld partner Qatar Airways on its first anniversary of service at DFW," said John Ackerman, executive vice president Global Strategy and Development for DFW. "Over the last year nearly 160,000 passengers traveled between Doha and DFW with more than half of these customers connecting to the 149 U.S. cities served from DFW airport."
Last year's Dallas/Forth Worth Launch occurred on July 1st, 2014, with the arrival of the first Boeing 777-200LR. The aircraft was greeted by a traditional "water ceremony" and Qatar Airways celebrated later in the year with a gala dinner at the The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, featuring themed entertainment from Grammy award nominee and Texas country music legend, Pat Green, Jazz vocalist, Hale Baskin, and Texas' guitar hero Rhett Butler.
The daily, non-stop flight between Dallas/Fort Worth and Doha departs from Doha at 8:10am and arrives in Dallas/Fort Worth at 3:35pm the same day. Overnight service to Doha departs Dallas/Fort Worth at 8:00pm and lands in Doha at 6:20pm the following day. The route is operated with a Boeing 777-200LR, configured with 217 Economy Class seats and 42 Business Class seats.
The Dallas/Fort Worth anniversary comes just after Qatar Airways announced plans to launch three new U.S. gateways in 2016. The airline will begin by launching their first West coast route from Los Angeles on January 1st, followed by Boston on March 16th and Atlanta on June 1st. All new routes will feature daily flights to Hamad International Airport in Doha.
The airline also plans to begin providing double-daily flights onboard the brand new Airbus A350 XWB from New York City on March 1st, 2016, as well offering the state-of-the-art aircraft along their Philadelphia and Boston routes. Qatar Airways currently serves seven U.S. destinations: Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 18 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of over 160 aircraft to 147 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
About Qatar Airways:
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 18th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 160 aircraft flying to 147 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance.
The award-winning alliance was named the World's Best Airline Alliance 2014 by Skytrax for the second year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Qatar Airways recently launched Oryx One, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 2,000. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the five-star airline's on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.
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