Qatar Airways recently began commercial services of its first Boeing 787 aircraft from Doha to Dubai, the aircraft’s debut route with the airline. The aircraft is being deployed on four daily rotations between the two cities. Flight QR 106 took off from Doha International Airport at 8 am for the one-hour journey to Dubai. QR is the IATA code for Qatar Airways. The 787 services to and from UAE will target peak travel times in a combination of morning, afternoon and night flights to Dubai. The Doha–Dubai B787 Dreamliner schedule for November 20, 2012 – January 31, 2013:Doha (DOH) to Dubai (DXB) – Daily
Dubai (DXB) to Doha (DOH) – Daily
Depart Doha at 0110 hrs, arrive in Dubai at 0320 hrs
Depart Doha at 0800 hrs, arrive in Dubai at 1010 hrs
Depart Doha at 1320 hrs, arrive in Dubai at 1530 hrs
Depart Doha at 1840 hrs, arrive in Dubai at 2050 hrs
Depart Dubai at 0545 hrs, arrive in Doha at 0555 hrs
Depart Dubai at 1140 hrs, arrive in Doha at 1150 hrs
Depart Dubai at 1655 hrs, arrive in Doha at 1705 hrs
Depart Dubai at 2205 hrs, arrive in Doha at 2215 hrs
The new operation comes less than a week after the aircraft’s delivery flight from Seattle to Doha, where it has since spent a few days positioned at Doha International Airport giving staff an opportunity to tour the aircraft before it enters commercial service. Qatar Airways has orders for 60 Dreamliners. The next four 787s are due to join the fleet by the end of December this year.
Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways, said, “Dubai is one of our most popular routes and we felt it important to give our passengers in and around our neighbouring city an opportunity to experience the comforts of our new plane before it begins long-haul commercial services. With this launch we reaffirm our continued commitment to challenge and lead the aviation industry, redefining the passenger experience as we deliver a truly five-star offering to travellers around the world.”
Following the new launch, the aircraft will be deployed on one of Qatar Airways’ five daily flights to London Heathrow. As more 787s join the fleet over the course of the next few weeks, the aircraft will be inducted on other long-haul routes, including Zurich, Frankfurt and Delhi.