By Staff writer
Doha carrier starts Dreamliner services to UK's largest and most populous city outside of London
Qatar Airways on Wednesday inaugurated its fourth United Kingdom gateway, with direct flights between Doha and Birmingham.
The addition of Birmingham marks the latest UK destination for the Doha carrier after London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh, with the eight weekly services operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to commence service to Birmingham... This vibrant and economically powerful region represents an important addition to our worldwide network.”
The British Ambassador to Qatar, Ajay Sharma, added: “The launch of this new route will open up further opportunities for both Qatar and the UK. Just like Doha, Birmingham and the surrounding area is host to a number of investment projects and tourist destinations that will appeal to investors and visitors.”
Qatar Airways now operates 73 flights per week to the UK, with 42 flights per week to London Heathrow, 16 to Manchester, seven to Edinburgh and eight to Birmingham.
Birmingham Airport CEO, Paul Kehoe, said: “We are extremely excited to be welcoming Qatar Airways to Birmingham Airport. Connecting the economically vibrant West Midlands region with the rapidly developing capital city of Doha will be hugely beneficial to passengers at both ends of the route.”
The Birmingham route is operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats.
Birmingham is the largest and most populous city in the UK outside of London and its economy is largely dominated by the service sector and the city is an important transport, retail, events and conference hub.