Published on April 30th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Qatar to fly first Dublin-Doha route from June

In late 2016 Qatar Airways announced the first Dublin-Doha route however speaking at the time the Gulf airline’s chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said that it did not have a confirmed date for the launch. The airline was hoping to begin flying the route in May, depending on aircraft availability. Last week Qatar confirmed that Daily flights to the Qatari capital of Doha would begin on 12th June.

The Dublin-Doha route is Ireland’s first ever direct air link to the Gulf state of Qatar, and Qatar Airways’ first Irish route. From Doha’s Hamad International Airport, Irish passengers flying with Qatar Airways can connect to more than 150 destinations, including Tokyo, Sydney, Auckland, Bangkok and Beijing.

Dublin is one of 14 new cities, which the airline will add to its network in 2017/18, including Canberra in Australia, Chiang Mai in Thailand and two destinations in Saudi Arabia. Canberra will become the fifth Australian city served by Qatar Airways – taking the number of Australian destinations open to Irish passengers through Doha up to five.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker

Commenting ahead of the inaugural flight, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said the new route to Dublin connects the airline to “an important and growing international hub.”

“Qatar Airways is very pleased to add Dublin to its route network. Ireland’s increasing presence in international business and affairs, and its status as a major tourism centre, makes it an attractive investment.

“I am immensely proud of Qatar Airways’ continued global expansion. We now offer our passengers more convenience and choice than ever before, in addition to unrivalled comfort and service. We look forward to welcoming Irish passengers to Doha for the first time, and from there, flying them to more than 150 destinations worldwide. Equally, we know that Dublin will prove a popular destination for the people of Qatar.”

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said he was delighted that Qatar Airways will launch its Dublin-Doha service “We look forward to welcoming the new daily Doha service from June and to working closely with Qatar Airways to promote this new route.  This service will bring extra choice and convenience for passengers and will also add Dublin and Ireland to Qatar’s growing global network.”

Qatar’s new Dublin service will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in a 254-seat configuration, with 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy. Qatar Airways, which is the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines and operates one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar has a modern fleet of 191 aircraft flying to more than 150 business and leisure destinations across six continents.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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