By Louise Oakley
Carrier becomes region's only airline to serve Nordic region with Sweden route.
Qatar Airways has become the Middle East's only airline to serve the Nordic region with the launch of its first flight to Stockholm.
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker led a delegation of head office airline officials and Qatar-based journalists onboard flight QR091 on Tuesday as it departed Doha for the Swedish capital, marking the launch of the carrier's 80th destination.
Stockholm Arlanda International Airport Airport managing director Kerstin Lindberg Goeransson welcomed the inaugural flight as it landed to a red carpet ceremony and Swedish entertainment.
Al Baker explained that the addition of Stockholm reinforced the airline's strategy to serve key cities around the world. With the likes of New York, Washington, Geneva and Ho Chi Minh City added to Qatar Airways' global network this year, he said Stockholm was yet another important city in its portfolio of destinations.
He said: "Stockholm, in particular, was chosen because of the huge amount of business and tourism interest in this wonderful scenic city and its surroundings. Our new flights will contribute to bridging links between two very different parts of the world.
"We welcome Swedish passengers and customers from across Scandinavia to enjoy our award-winning five star service from Stockholm to Doha and connecting onto our wide network of flights across the Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent and Far East."
Qatar Airways operates four non-stop scheduled flights a week between Doha and Stockholm, one of Europe's strongest economies.
The Doha-based airline is operating an Airbus A319 in a two-class configuration of eight seats in business class and 102 seats in economy.