Qatar Airways has said it will “mark a new chapter in its history of operations to the US” by flying the Airbus A380 on the maiden Doha-Atlanta flight on June 1, while the regular daily service will be operated with the Boeing 777.
This is the first time the Doha-based carrier is taking its A380 product to the US. Operated in a tri-class configuration, the upper deck offers eight seats in first class, 48 in business class and a lounge for premium passengers, and 461 economy class seats spread across both decks.
Qatar Airways currently operates six Airbus A380s, which are regularly scheduled to London, Paris and Bangkok. The airline had originally ordered 13 Airbus A380s, with seven to be delivered.
In a statement yesterday, the airline said it selected Atlanta as its first US route to receive the superjumbo to celebrate the launch of its 10th new destination in the US. There are currently no other scheduled A380 services by the carrier to other points on its Americas footprint.
The Doha-Atlanta Airbus A380 flight is a one-time service scheduled for June 1 only, the airline added.
Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar al-Baker said, “Qatar Airways will inaugurate Atlanta, its 10th destination in the US, in just a few weeks’ time and in honour of that, we wished to provide our passengers with a unique experience.
“The Qatar Airways A380 provides a memorable experience for our passengers. We look forward to welcoming our passengers to and from Atlanta on our inaugural flight on June 1, but also on every flight thereafter. We look forward to serving the global travel needs of the people of Atlanta.”
Each seat features individual set-back TV screens and up to 3,000 entertainment options with Qatar Airways’ newly launched Oryx One system.
The carrier connects Atlanta to destinations across the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Africa and Australasia regions via its home and hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha.
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