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Qatar Airways puts Dreamliner on Singapore route

Doha airline currently flies to south-east Asia city state 14 times per week

Qatar Airways puts Dreamliner on Singapore route
(Getty Images for Qatar Airways)

Qatar Airways will begin serving its Singapore route with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from 31 March, the airline said.

The city-state will be the Gulf carrier’s first route to utilise the aircraft in south-east Asia, and will operate alongside Qatar Airways’ existing fleet of Boeing 777s on the service.

Qatar Airways currently flies 14 times a week between Doha and Singapore.

The Dreamliner, the first commercial passenger aircraft to be constructed out of composite parts, has endured a troubled history since its launch in 2004.

In January 2013, the entire fleet of the aircraft was grounded by US aviation regulators following instances of batteries overheating. Boeing was subsequently forced to make design changes to the plane.

Qatar Airways has so far ordered 30 of the jets, of which nine have already been delivered.

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is the largest Middle East customer for the aircraft, with orders for 71 across two different iterations.

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