Qatar Airways is significantly enhancing its operations to South Africa by increasing weekly frequencies to Johannesburg and by deploying new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft from May 1.Three flights per week will be added to the current daily schedule to Johannesburg, bringing the total frequency on the route to 10 services each week. The new services will significantly improve connections to destinations across Qatar Airways’ global network, and will particularly offer business and leisure passengers excellent daily connections to popular routes in the Far East such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Manila.
To coincide with the start of the additional services, Qatar Airways will also be introducing the state-of-the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner on all services to South Africa. This aircraft will offer passengers an enhanced travel experience with unparalleled levels of service and comfort, and will be enjoyed by all passengers flying with Qatar Airways from Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as from Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo.
Commenting on the new services, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “In line with our commitment to offer our passengers more choice and the most exceptional travel experience, we are delighted to increase frequencies to South Africa and also to introduce Qatar Airways’ 787 Dreamliner on our routes to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Maputo.”
“Our 787 Dreamliners give passengers a superb onboard experience with specially designed interiors, spacious cabins and custom-made seats in both Business and Economy Class. This, along with an advanced entertainment system featuring the world’s first ‘dual-screen’ interface, and communication systems including onboard wifi for all passengers, enables us to offer an exciting and unique product for passengers travelling from Southern Africa”, Al Baker added.
Qatar Airways has 254 seats across its 787 Business and Economy Class: Business Class is configured in a 1–2–1 layout with 22 seats, while Economy has a 232 seating capacity in a 3–3–3 layout. All seats in Business Class recline in to 180 degree flat beds.
The airline’s 787s are the world’s first fully connected Dreamliners with wireless facilities enabling all passengers to remain in touch with friends and colleagues on the ground through the internet or SMS mobile texting. The 787 Dreamliners complement the ultra-luxurious customer service and experience Qatar Airways promises to its passengers.
Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar has taken delivery of nine of its 60 Dreamliners and has been flying the aircraft from Doha to Dubai, London, Munich, Stockholm, Riyadh, Jeddah, Zurich, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Oslo, Delhi, Bangalore and Brussels.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 134 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
On October 30, 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the first Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.