Qatar Airways makes Philadelphia fifth US destination

Qatar Airways’ Philadelphia to Doha

Celebrating the arrival of Qatar Airways in Philadelphia on 2 April were (left to right): H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways; Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia; and Mark Gale, CEO, Philadelphia International Airport. At a special gala event in the evening, local music superstars Boyz II Men performed in front on an invited audience of some 300 people. 

  • Qatar Airways has made Philadelphia, PA (PHL) its fifth US destination, with the launch on 2 April of daily flights from Doha (DOH). The 10,940-kilometre service will be operated by the airline’s long-range 777s, and will not face any direct competition. Qatar Airways became the first new international carrier to serve Philadelphia in over a decade. Announcing the route last May, Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker noted that, “Philadelphia is one of the major hubs of the soon-to-be-merged American Airlines / US Airways and will provide Qatar Airways’ customers with onward connections to over 100 cities. With the implementation of code share agreements with American Airlines and Jet Blue, which offer numerous connections beyond our U.S. gateways, Qatar Airlines is making big strides to strengthen its presence in the United States to ultimately give our passengers greater travel options.”

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