Qatar Airways launched its fifth Iraqi destination on 20 August when it inaugurated the 1,290-kilometre service between Doha and Sulaymaniyah. The four weekly rotations, flown using A320s, is also the carrier’s fifth new Middle Eastern destination this year. Tahir Qadir (Director General of Sulaymaniyah International Airport) shook hands with Fathi Al Shehab (Qatar Airways Senior Vice-President GCC, Levant, Iran and Indian subcontinent) to mark the launch of the service.
- Qatar Airways inaugurated its new service from Doha (DOH) to Sulaymaniyah (ISU) on 20 August. The 1,290-kilometre non-stop sector is being operated by A320s, and is offered four times weekly. The airline now serves five destinations in Iraq, including Baghdad, Basra, Erbil and Najaf. With the addition of Sulaymaniyah, the carrier has increased its frequency to Iraq from 16 to 20 flights each week. The new service also marks the carrier’s fifth new Middle Eastern destination launched this year, after Basra, Najaf, Gassim in Saudi Arabia and Salalah in Oman. The soon-to-be oneworld alliance member’s network is planned to grow further, with additional services to China, Ethiopia, Philippines and the US being added between now and April 2014.