Qatar Air set to launch 787s on Scandinavian routes

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Qatar Airways has announced an expansion of its Boeing 787 services to Europe with the new aircraft being deployed on three Scandinavian routes.

The Doha-based carrier will launch 787 flights to the Swedish capital Stockholm on August 1, followed by both Copenhagen and Oslo, capital cities of Denmark and Norway, on September 1.

Qatar Airways operates daily flights to each of the three Scandinavian capitals, with a total weekly capacity of 21 services.

CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “Our Scandinavian routes have grown in stature and importance since we began flying to the region in 2007.

“I am delighted that our Dreamliners will be introduced to Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo very soon providing our passengers with an unparalleled level of service and comfort to and from Scandinavia.”

Qatar Airways has 254 custom-made seats across its 787 Business and Economy Class cabins.

Qatar Airways currently operates five Boeing 787s, flying on the London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Dubai routes from Doha.

The airline took delivery of its sixth Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show. Qatar Airways currently has a further 54 Dreamliners on order.

The airline has so far launched six destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Salalah (Oman), Najaf and Basra (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Chicago (USA).

Over the next few months, the network will grow further with new destinations introduced to Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Chengdu, China (September 3), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia, USA (April 2014).

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Posted by: Robin Johnson

Here in Australia we are still hoping to see the Qatari 787s in Perth before long. Under earlier plans, this would have been the first time the new aircraft would be flying regularly here - now it is a race between China, Japan and Australia's own Jetstar for that honour.

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