Qatar Airways (QA), the launch customer of the A350 and the first airline to land the A350 in the US, achieved another milestone by being the first to offer a regularly-scheduled A350 service to the US with its January 1, 2016 service from Hamad International Airport to Philadelphia.
QA was the official launch customer of the A350 and continues to be the leader in deploying the state-of-the-art aircraft around the world. The A350 partnership marks QA’s strong investment in technology, superior travel experience and its commitment to maintain one of the youngest and most advanced fleet in the sky.
“The Airbus A350 was designed from start to finish to meet the needs of today’s international flyer,” said Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive, QA Group.
“At QA, we never cease searching for new ways to enhance the passenger experience and with the A350, we have the ideal platform to take global aviation into the next decade.”
Among the many advancements of the Airbus A350, the aircraft features eco-efficiency tools, which combine for a 25 percent reduction in emissions versus the current generation of airliners. The aircraft has an overall capacity of 283 passengers, including 36 Business Class seats, in a spacious 1-2-1 configuration.
Perhaps the most welcome of all, the new aircraft boasts an extensive set of features proven to reduce jet lag. The A350 is equipped with a dynamic LED lighting system, with cycles, tones and colours to suit the time of day and destination.
A high precision air management system filters the air every few minutes and is combined with lower cabin pressure and optimal humidity to counter the effects of international travel and refresh passengers on arrival.
“The A350 has transcended modern aviation standards and our only challenge has been choosing which of our over 150 destinations would be among the first to enjoy it,” said Al Baker. “The city of Philadelphia has been an outstanding partner since we launched in 2014 and it is our pleasure to reward regional travellers with the chance to experience the future of global aviation, today.”
The A350 arrival in Philadelphia comes on the day QA commenced daily, non-stop service to Los Angeles LAX.
The airline plans to continue its US expansion throughout the year, doubling flights to New York JFK on April 1, launching daily, non-stop service to Boston on March 16 and Atlanta on June 1.
DOHA: Qatar Airways rang in the New Year with a new daily, non-stop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hamad International Airport on January 1. The new route features the airline’s landmark Boeing 777-200 and represents its first passenger service to the West Coast of the US.
The expansion to LAX is the first of three new US destinations planned for 2016, along with Boston on March 16 and Atlanta on June 1.
“We are honoured to bring our award-winning service to Los Angeles. This great city embodies the glamour and sophistication that gave rise to the ’jet set’ lifestyle, when travel truly started to be part of our life experience.
“It is only fitting that we bring the world’s best airline experience to the people of Los Angeles,” said Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive, Qatar Airways Group.
The first arrival to Los Angeles was recognised with a special gate ceremony, celebrating the passengers on the maiden flight. The airline will officially celebrate the new Los Angeles route on January 12, when Al Baker will host a press conference and a star-studded VIP gala. The LAX launch comes as QA continues to expand operations in the US and around the world. It is also enhancing existing services along its successful US routes. The Doha-Los Angeles daily schedule: Departs Doha QR739 at 0745 hours and arrives in Los Angeles at 1310 hours; Departs Los Angeles QR740 at 1510 hours and arrives in Doha at 1810 hours the following day.
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