By Staff writer
Las Vegas route would be the Gulf carrier's 11th route to the United States
Qatar Airways has reportedly confirmed plans to launch a direct service from Doha to Las Vegas.
Tweets and reports from the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s annual conference in Dublin last week had suggested Qatar Airways would be the first Gulf carrier to fly directly to the US city.
CEO Akbar Al Baker was quoted as telling the conference that the airline would commence flights between Doha and Las Vegas as of January 2017, using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
A spokesman for Qatar Airways this week told Doha News the reports were true.
However, no specific date for the launch has been announced, and the type of aircraft will depend on availability among other factors, the spokesperson reportedly said.
Qatar Airways currently flies indirectly to Las Vegas via its other US hubs, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York.
The news came shortly after Qatar Airways launched its 10th route to the US, direct from Doha to Atlanta, Georgia.
But the launch last week did not run as smoothly as planned, as the Qatar Airways A380 had not been allocated a gate at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Passengers were forced to leave the aircraft via shuttle buses and mobile gates.
Akbar responded by branding US airline Delta “wicked” – as it was a Delta A320 that was parked at the gate instead – and describing it as an “absolute violation” of the air services agreement.
A spokesperson for Delta insisted that “Delta in no way acted to obstruct Qatar’s ability to park its aircraft”.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Qatar should also try to start services to other secondary airports such as Minneapolis/St Pauls, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham etc. etc.