Qatar Airways Senior Vice-President GCC, Levant, Iran and Indian subcontinent, Fathi Al Shehab, (third right) with Chairman of Najaf Municipality and Chairman of Airport Board of Directors, Shaikh Fayed Alshemari (fourth left), and other airport and airline officials.
DOHA/NAJAF, IRAQ: Qatar Airways has expanded its services in Iraq with the launch of scheduled flights to the central city of Najaf.
The arrival of flight QR742 at Al Najaf International Airport was welcomed by a traditional water salute followed by a reception attended by local officials.
Fathi Al Shehab, Qatar Airways Senior Vice-President GCC, Levant, Iran and Indian Subcontinent, led an official delegation on the flight from Doha.
With three Iraqi routes now in its stable, Qatar Airways takes its frequency across Baghdad, Erbil and Najaf up 50 percent to 12 services each week.
Najaf, to be operated four-times-a-week, becomes destination number 124 in the airline’s expanding global network.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “With our new Najaf services, we are giving the people of Iraq more choice and greater travel options to fly around the world after years of restricted access to air services. Similarly, with all the reconstruction efforts well underway in Iraq, there is a need for flights to bring in construction workers.
“Najaf represents a significant part of Qatar Airways’ growth strategy of opening new, diverse routes connecting people in underserved markets to destinations around the world with more ease and convenience than ever before.”
Addressing guests at Al Najaf International Airport, Al Shehab said: “On behalf of Qatar Airways, I would like to thank the government of Iraq, the local authorities and airport officials for supporting Qatar Airways’ expansion with the addition of an integral route to our international network that will offer great connections to the people of Najaf and the surrounding areas to an exciting array of destinations globally such as London, Singapore, Tokyo, New York, Shanghai and Melbourne.
The Doha–Najaf route is being operated by a state-of-the-art Airbus A320 featuring 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy.
The timings of the Doha–Najaf flights allow for good connections to key destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
The Doha–Najaf schedules: 4-times-a-week: Mondays and Thursdays QR740 departs Doha at 0925hrs to arrive in Najaf at 1130hrs. QR741 departs Najaf at 1230hrs to arrive in Doha at 1430hrs.
Wednesdays and Sundays QR742 leaves Doha at 1325hrs to reach Najaf at 1530hrs. QR743 departs Najaf at 1630hrs to arrive in Doha at 1830hrs.