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DOHA/Warsaw: Qatar Airways on Wednesday launched scheduled flights to Poland, its latest entry into Central Eastern Europe and 12th new route of the year.
The Airbus A320 operating flight number QR 980 was warmly welcomed at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport in the Polish capital to a special arrival ceremony.
An official delegation from Doha was on the inaugural flight from the airline’s Doha hub to Warsaw, including Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, Robert Rostek, ambassador of Poland to Qatar, and media from across the Asia Pacific region. On arrival, the delegation was greeted by Director of Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport, Michal Marzec, followed by a traditional Polish folk dance welcome. Hadi bin Nasser Al Hajri, Qatari ambassador to Poland was also present. The official part of the ceremony included speeches by Marzec and Al Baker followed by a gift exchange to signal the newest route on Qatar Airways’ international map.
Al Baker expressed his optimism about the development of the latest route, highlighting how the Polish economy was developing fast. The Doha – Warsaw route is being operated four-times-a-week with a modern Airbus A320, featuring 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 in Business Class and 132 in Economy.
Earlier, the airline announced that it would fly thrice weekly to Chengdu, China, starting March 19 next year, taking its total weekly frequency across the country to 41 non-stop services spread across six cities.
This latest news is Qatar Airways’ sixth route announcement so far for 2013. Flights to Gassim in Saudi Arabia, Najaf in Iraq, Oman’s tourist spot of Salalah, Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh and Chicago – the carrier’s fourth US gateway – are being launched between January and May with further start-ups planned during the year.
Qatar Airways will operate an Airbus A330 in a two-class configuration of 24 seats in Business and 236 in Economy on the Doha – Chengdu route.