By Andy Sambidge
Carrier says move is part of strategy to upgrade services to Russian capital city from September 1
Qatar Airways said on Monday it will upgrade services to Moscow in September, including the launch of a 787 Dreamliner on the route.
Starting September 1, Qatar Airways said it will be adding two additional flights per week to the Doha-Moscow route, bringing the total frequency for each week up to 14.
The airline is also introducing its newly upgraded A320 to replace the current mixed fleet of A321 and A320s, as well as a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The increase in both frequency and aircraft capacity will bring the total number of Business Class seats up to 476 and Economy Class seats to 4,928 per week, an increase of 188 and 1,328 seats respectively.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “We established our Moscow route just over 10 years ago, and since then we have watched it grow steadily.
"I’m very pleased that we are able to meet our customers demand by increasing not only the frequency of flights per week, but also introducing one of the most state-of-the-art aircraft in the world to the route.”
The airline said the Dreamliner which has already been introduced to a number of destinations within its network has quickly become a popular choice with passengers.
In addition to the 787 Dreamliner, a new upgraded version of the A320 will be introduced on the route. The aircraft is part of an ongoing customer enhancement project on both A320s and A330s,.
Qatar Airways has taken delivery of 12 of its 60 Dreamliners and has been flying the aircraft from Doha to Dubai, London, Munich, Stockholm, Riyadh, Jeddah, Zurich, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Oslo, Delhi, Bangalore and Brussels.