Qatar Airways dips into Dublin market

SVP Qatar Airways Europe, Jonathan Harding (centre), travelled on board the inaugural flight from Doha to Dublin on 12 June and was greeted by CEO of Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons and Dublin Airport MD Vincent Harrison. To celebrate this special occasion, the airline flew one of its A350s on the 5,666-kilometre sector, the first time the aircraft type has landed on Irish soil.

  • Qatar Airways was welcomed to Dublin (DUB) on 12 June, with daily flights from its Doha hub (DOH). Although the carrier’s A350 was used on the inaugural flight, going forward it will operate its service with a 254-seat 787. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “The launch of our new service to Dublin is an important milestone for Qatar Airways. The new service will connect the Irish people with more destinations globally and provide them the opportunity to experience our five-star service. We look forward to welcoming our new passengers on board and to connecting them to Doha and beyond.” Kevin Toland, CEO of daa, said: “We want to express our warmest welcome to Qatar Airways and its new route between Dublin and Doha. This is a fantastic addition to our selection of destinations, and it is a great opportunity to boost Ireland’s tourism.” Following the Dublin launch, Qatar Airways will be adding flights to multiple destinations in 2017 and 2018, including: Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Accra, Ghana; Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Chittagong, Bangladesh; Mombasa, Kenya; and Utapao, Thailand. No other airline operates this city pair.

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