Qatar Airways yesterday announced that it will begin daily flights to Brazil and Argentina from June 24 this year. This marks the airline’s first online operations to South America.
With the airline’s acquisition of two brand new Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft in the last three months, these will be deployed on the two South American routes — to the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo and the Argentine capital Buenos Aires this summer.
The announcement comes just weeks after the airline revealed plans to serve South America, and spread its wings to yet another continent. The flights will offer convenient connections from key markets across Asia and the Gulf to South America.
Flight QR921 will depart Doha International Airport daily at 0740 hr, arriving in Sao Paulo at 1600 hr. The flight continues onto Buenos Aires, arriving at 2005 hr. The return flight QR922 departs daily from Buenos Aires at 2305 hr to Sao Paulo before continuing its journey at 0310 hr the next day, arriving in Doha at 2310 hr.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that adding destinations in South America to the network was a great achievement for the
“We have seen incredible expansion over the years and by soon adding Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires to our growing network, we can proudly say Qatar Airways is a truly international airline,” said Al Baker.
Flights to Sao Paulo will be operated daily non-stop from the airline’s hub in Doha. The aircraft will then continue onto Buenos Aires. Qatar Airways will be the only Five Star airline operating daily to South America.
The airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft featuring Business Class seats that convert into 180 degree fully flat horizontal beds, will be deployed on the South American flights.
Added Al Baker: “We have seven new routes lined up during the first six months of 2010, and the airline plans to open up even more routes within the next 12 months as our growth strategy continues to evolve.