Qatar Airways to fly to New York daily non-stop from Oct

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Qatar Airways will operate daily non-stop flights on its Doha - New York route, effective from October 26, the national carrier announced here yesterday.

The airline plans to deploy its brand new Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft on the route shaving close to three hours off the current 17-hour flying time between Doha and New York.

Qatar Airways currently operates to the New York gateway city of Newark via Geneva.

As part of the revised operational schedules, Qatar Airways will switch its existing six-flights-a-week between Doha and Newark Liberty International Airport to New York's JFK Airport and step up frequency to daily non-stop services giving passengers greater choice.

Under the new schedules, Qatar Airways will no longer operate flights between Geneva and New York, but will significantly increase seat capacity between Doha and Geneva, which will become a dedicated service.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the airline had seen significant growth in traffic on the New York route since launching it in June 2007.

"As we have introduced more aircraft into our fleet, we have been able to increase frequency on the New York route from four-flights-a-week to six services in just 12 months," he said.

"We are now preparing to go daily with our brand new Boeing 777s featuring lie-flat Business Class seats from October and offer unprecedented levels of space and comfort, which will truly give us an edge over our competitors in the Middle East and around the world.

"The move to New York's JFK Airport is in response to passenger demand flying to one of America's premier airports on the US East Coast."

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 62 aircraft to 83 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, south Asia, Indian subcontinent, Far East and North America.

Starting December 8, Qatar Airways is to launch scheduled flights to Houston, which at 17 hours, will be one of the longest non-stop flights.

As for Doha-New York schedule effective from October 26, Qatar Airways QR083 will depart Doha International Airport daily at 0820 and arrive in New York at 1500.

The QR084 will be leave John F Kennedy International Airport daily at 2235 and arrive in Doha at 1910.

Meanwhile, QR065 will depart Doha International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 0720 and arrive in Geneva at 1215 as per the Doha-Geneva schedule effective from October 26.

The QR064 will be depart Geneva International Airport at 1345 and arrive in Doha at 2135 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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