Qatar Airways has announced its Doha – New York route will operate non-stop with a daily flight, effective from the beginning of the winter 2008 schedules on October 26.

The airline plans to deploy its brand new Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft on the route shaving close to three hours off the current 17-hour flying time between Doha and New York. Qatar Airways currently operates to the New York gateway city of Newark via Geneva.

For Hong Kongers, this means an even easier and quicker journey to New York with Qatar airways, with economy class fares currently starting from HKD7,800.   

As part of the revised operational schedules, Qatar Airways will switch its existing six-flights-a-week between Doha and Newark Liberty International Airport to New York’s JFK Airport and step up frequency to daily non-stop services giving passengers greater choice.

Under the new schedules, Qatar Airways will no longer operate flights between Geneva and New York, but will significantly increase seat capacity between Doha and Geneva, which will become a dedicated service.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the airline had seen significant growth in traffic on the New York route since launching it in June 2007.

“As we have introduced more aircraft into our fleet, we have been able to increase frequency on the New York route from four-flights-a-week to six services in just 12 months,” he said.

“We are now preparing to go daily with our brand new Boeing 777s featuring lie-flat Business Class seats from October and offer unprecedented levels of space and comfort, which will truly give us an edge over our competitors in the Middle East and around the world.

“The move to New York’s JFK Airport is in response to passenger demand flying to one of America’s premier airports on the US east coast.”

The Boeing 777-300ER will offer a 78-inch Business Class pitch in a 2-2-2 configuration across the 42 premium seats and up to 34-inch pitch on the 293 seats in the economy cabin. The aircraft also features the next generation in-flight entertainment system – the Panasonic eX2 – with more than 700 individual audio and video entertainment options.

Added Al Baker: “Qatar Airways is committed to the Swiss market and is delighted with the huge response and popularity of our Geneva service which has enabled us to add capacity as the four-times-a-week non-stop service from Doha using an Airbus A330 aircraft becomes a dedicated route.

“Passengers from Geneva and neighbouring cities will be able to take advantage of our excellent array of onward connections over Doha to key business and leisure cities to the Far East and south Asia.

“For the immediate future, our existing flights to Zurich will continue to operate four-times-a-week, but we will shortly be announcing additional frequencies to both Zurich and Geneva with effect from 2009 offering yet more choice for both business and leisure travellers.”

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 62 aircraft to 83 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, south Asia, Indian subcontinent, Far East and North America.

Earlier this year, the airline began scheduled services between Doha and the southern Chinese industrial city of Guangzhou. During the summer, the airline introduced daily flights linking the Qatari capital with Kozhikode in southern India.

Starting December 8, Qatar Airways is to launch scheduled flights to Houston, which at 17 hours, will be one of the longest flights in the world non-stop from Doha.

The Doha – New York schedule effective October 26 is:-

Depart Hong Kong– Doha

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday          QR813 at 0120, arrive Doha 0545

Monday, Friday and Saturday                         QR817 at 1850, arrive Doha 2315

Depart Doha International Airport
Daily                QR083 at 0820, arrive in New York at 1500

                       

Depart John F Kennedy International Airport to Doha

Daily                QR084 at 2235, arrive in Doha at 1910 +1 day

Depart Doha – Hong Kong                                                  

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday QR812 at 0235, arrive Hong Kong 1515

Monday, Friday and Saturday                         QR816 at 0235, arrive Hong Kong 1515

The Doha – Geneva schedule effective October 26 is:-

Depart Hong Kong– Doha

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday          QR813 at 0120, arrive Doha 0545

Monday, Friday and Saturday                         QR817 at 1850, arrive Doha 2315

Depart Doha International Airport
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun                                          QR065 at 0720, arrive in Geneva at 1215

                       

Depart Geneva International Airport

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun                                          QR064 at 1345, arrive in Doha at 2135

           

Depart Doha – Hong Kong                                                  

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday QR812 at 0235, arrive Hong Kong 1515

Monday, Friday and Saturday                         QR816 at 0235, arrive Hong Kong 1515


(information provided by the pr company)

 

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