By Andy Sambidge
Gulf carrier announces plan to put Dreamliner into action on flights to Cape Town, Johannesburg
Qatar Airways has announced plans to increase frequencies to Johannesburg and deploy the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on its South African routes from May 1.
Three flights per week will be added to the current daily schedule to Johannesburg, bringing the total frequency on the route to 10 services each week.
To coincide with the start of the additional services, Qatar Airways said it will also be introducing the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on all services to South Africa, including Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “In line with our commitment to offer our passengers more choice and the most exceptional travel experience, we are delighted to increase frequencies to South Africa and also to introduce Qatar Airways’ 787 Dreamliner on our routes to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Maputo.”
Qatar Airways has 254 seats across its 787 Business and Economy Class, with all seats in Business Class reclining in to 180 degree flat beds.
The Gulf carrier has taken delivery of nine 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.
On October 30, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the first Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.
In the coming months, the airline will launch flights to Philadelphia, US (April 2), Larnaca, Cyprus (April 29), Istanbul Sabiha International Airport, Turkey (May 22), Edinburgh (May 28), Miami International Airport, US (June 10) and Dallas Fort Worth, US (July 1).