News ID: 234834
Published: 1211 GMT November 26, 2018

Qatar Airways to expand operations in Iran

Qatar Airways to expand operations in Iran
AFP

Qatar Airways announced that it will expand its operations in Iran with the launch of a new twice-weekly direct service to Isfahan, starting from February 4, 2019, as well as introducing increased services to Shiraz and Tehran, from early January 2019.

Isfahan will become the airline’s fourth non-stop gateway to Iran, joining Tehran, Shiraz and Mashhad, with the service operating from Doha each Monday and Friday by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in business class and 132 seats in economy class, traveldailynews.com reported.

Three extra weekly flights will be introduced to the Shiraz service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, taking the route to daily operation from January 2, 2019.

The airline will also introduce two extra flights on the Tehran route, with the addition of an extra flight on Wednesdays from January 2, 2019 and Fridays from January 4, 2019, taking the route to a triple-daily operation every day except on Tuesdays, when the service runs twice-daily.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker said, “With its incredible, age-old architecture and bustling traditional bazaars, we are thrilled to announce Isfahan as Qatar Airways’ fourth-service gateway into Iran.

“Isfahan is a city that is not only steeped in history, but one that has also emerged in recent years to combine its rich cultural heritage with modernity, making it one of Iran’s most fascinating, colorful and lively places for international visitors.

“We are also delighted to announce that we are increasing our weekly services to both Shiraz and Tehran in January.

“These latest launches are further evidence of Qatar Airways’ commitment to Iran, as well as the expansion of our network in this thriving market to provide greater connectivity to both business and leisure passengers alike.”

Standing at the foothills of the Zagros mountain range, the beautiful, ancient city of Isfahan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its stunning mosques and palaces, magnificent public squares, atmospheric traditional teahouses, tranquil gardens and exquisite historic hand-painted tiling at every turn.

Qatar Airways has operated flights to Tehran since 2004 and, with the introduction of the two extra flights, the airline will operate a total of 20 weekly nonstop flights from Doha.

The southern city of Shiraz first welcomed Qatar Airways flights in 2011 and, with the introduction of three extra flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from January 2, 2019, will become a daily service operating from Doha. In addition to this, the airline’s Mashhad route, which commenced in 2006, also currently operates daily flights from Doha.

As the national carrier for the State of Qatar, Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 160 destinations worldwide.

The airline was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organization Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’.

 

 

   
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