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Qatar Launches ex-Heathrow All-Business Class Service

Qatar Launches ex-Heathrow All-Business Class Service

Today, 15th May, Qatar Airways celebrated the inauguration of its new all-premium daily service ‘Business One’ between London Heathrow and Doha, becoming the first-ever carrier to operate an all-Business Class service from Heathrow. 

 

The new daily service flies from London Heathrow Terminal 4 using an Airbus A319 configured with a single aisle, 2 x 2 seating configuration, offering 40 Business Class seats and the experience of what is likely to feel like a VIP jet.

Qatar Airways currently operates five daily flights to London Heathrow and the additional sixth all-Business Class daily service, Business One, marks the start of a new era for travellers to and from the UK, who can experience complete comfort and privacy with the airline’s award-winning 5-star hospitality.

The new additional flight will step up the frequency on the London Heathrow to Doha route from 35 to 42 weekly services and comes just before Qatar Airways commences operations on the London Heathrow to Doha route with its new A380 aircraft, which will operate on QR003 and QR004 from 17th June.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, H.E. Akbar Al Baker said: “The launch of our first all-premium product Business One reaffirms Qatar Airways’ determination to provide the best 5-star service and comfort in the air for our Business Class passengers.

“The Doha to London Heathrow route is one of Qatar Airways’ most popular Business Class destinations and we continue to see increasing demand from passengers in Doha and those connecting on to London Heathrow from our network of worldwide destinations. Combined with the new Qatar Airways Premium Lounge at London Heathrow’s Terminal 4, and our Premium Terminal in Doha, our passengers can experience the very best Business Class service in the industry.”

Qatar Airways’ new A319 Business Class seat will have one of the highest specifications for Business Class travel of any airline, with wide seats that recline into fully flat beds and a state of the art Oryx entertainment system, featuring more than 1,000 entertainment options.

Passengers can also remain in touch with their friends and business associates on the ground through the SMS mobile texting GSM and GPRS service on board this aircraft.

Qatar Airways was awarded the World’s Best Business Class Airline for 2013 and has also twice been the recipient of the Airline of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012 at the Skytrax Airline Awards. The airline has also been named as ‘Best Long-Haul Airline’ for the second year running and ‘Business Airline of the Year’ at the UK Business Travel Awards 2014 recently held in London.

Currently undergoing rapid expansion, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 134 aircraft flying to 138 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

Over the next few months, the airline’s network will grow further with new routes to Al Hofuf, Saudi Arabia (15th May), Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey (22nd May), Edinburgh, Scotland (28th May), Miami, USA (10th June), Haneda, Japan (18th June), and Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (1st July).

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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