By Elsa Baxter
Four flights a week service from Doha strengthens Scandinavian ops.
Qatar Airways began its new direct route to the Danish capital city of Copenhagen on Wednesday.
The country’s national carrier said the four-flights-a-week service from Doha was further strengthening its operations in Scandinavia following the introduction of additional capacity on the Doha - Stockholm route earlier this week.
"With 11 flights a week now operating to Scandinavia, this reflects the high demand we have been experiencing in and out of the region, helped by increased economic ties between the Middle East and Scandinavia,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.
Several more destinations are set to be added to the carrier’s roster including Ankara, in Turkey, on April 5, the Japanese capital Tokyo on April 26, and the Spanish city of Barcelona on June 7.
The airline said the highlight will be the expansion into South America this summer, with daily flights to the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo and the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 81 aircraft to 86 cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, South Asia and North America.
I was on the inaugural flight from Copenhagen to Doha and returned on the same a couple of days ago and must say that the Qatar Airways claim of having the best economy class in the world is a myth. They operate an old Airbus A319 single aisle aircraft on a long haul route (6hr) with terrible food and no entertainment on board (yes, that's right - no tv's). On the other hand, their Doha - Dubai routes boast modern Boeing 777-300s with the best entertainment system on a 45 minute flight. The flight to Copenhagen should cost significantly less for the level of service on board with the currently operated aircraft.