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Qatar Airways began flights to Chicago on Thursday and said the thrice-weekly service will become daily from June 15.\nThe Gulf carrier's arrival at O'Hare International Airport marks the airline's fourth gateway in the United States.
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Chicago became destination number 126 in the airline's rapidly growing worldwide network.\nQatar Airways now operates 24 passenger flights a week between the United States and Doha - daily from New York, Washington DC and Houston and the new services from Chicago. \n
Commissioner for Chicago Department of Aviation, Rosemarie Andolino, presents Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker with a gift during the Airport Ceremony for Qatar Airways' inaugural passenger flight to Chicago at Chicago O'Hare Airport
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Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: "After more than five successful years of operations in North America, we are pleased to introduce Chicago as our fourth and newest US gateway and look forward to welcoming travellers from the Midwest and its catchment area to fly with us to many parts of the world and, similarly welcome visitors from around the world to this great city.
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Jennifer Hudson performs during the Qatar Airways Chicago route launch gala at The Field Museum on April 12, 2013 in Chicago
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Aside from Chicago, New York, Washington DC and Houston, Qatar Airways' North American operations covers thrice-weekly services to Montreal.
Commissioner for Chicago Department of Aviation, Rosemarie Andolino, CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, State of Qatar's Ambassador to the United States His Excellency Mr. Mohamad Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi, and CEO of Choose Chicago, Don Welsh
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Qatar Airways CEO Mr. Akbar Al Baker (C) gives a presentation to local Chicago and international media with Qatar Airways Senior Vice President for the Americas, Bart Vos, (L) and Qatar Airways Country Manager for the US, Lisa Markovic at Waldorf Astoria Chicago
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Qatar Airways' inaugural passenger flight to Chicago is welcomed by a traditional water salute at Chicago O'Hare Airport
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Guests celebrate during the Qatar Airways Chicago route launch gala at The Field Museum on April 12, 2013 in Chicago