Qatar Airways launches Brussels flights
Qatar Airways has continued its European expansion drive with the launch of scheduled flights to Brussels. Flight QR941 arrived at Brussels International Airport to a welcome ceremony attended by the Belgian Premier Yves Leterme, government officials and local dignitaries.
Qatar Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker, led a high-profile delegation on the inaugural flight from the airline’s operational hub in Doha. Onboard guests included Belgium’s Ambassador to Qatar, HE Luc Devolder, and media from Qatar, Dubai, India and Singapore.
The addition of Brussels increases Qatar Airways’ European presence to 24 destinations, representing 25 per cent of the carrier’s global network. Brussels becomes the third new European destination launched by the airline this month following the Hungarian capital, Budapest, and Romania’s capital city, Bucharest. The latest route launch edges Qatar Airways closer towards the milestone 100 destinations with Brussels becoming the carrier’s 98th network point.
Speaking on arrival in Brussels, Al Baker said; “Today marks yet another historic moment for Qatar Airways as we enter a new market flying to Europe’s capital city.
“Brussels Airport and local authorities have been extremely supportive, believing in Qatar Airways and giving us the opportunity to fly direct to this wonderful capital city. In doing so, we are able to provide business and leisure travellers with an alternative travel option and great choice of diverse destinations to fly to via our hub in Doha.
“Be it Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Hanoi, Phuket, Mumbai, Goa, Dubai, Muscat, Johannesburg or Melbourne, our network of cities offers convenience, comfort and a seamless travel experience for our customers from Belgium, so too for our passengers flying to Brussels from across our international network via Doha.”
Brussels Airport Company Chief Executive Officer, Arnaud Feist, added; “Qatar Airways’ new route from Brussels to Doha offers a comfortable and efficient link to the Gulf region and beyond. This new service will be much welcomed by business and leisure passengers travelling to a broad choice of Qatar Airways’ onward destinations in the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
“Brussels Airport shares the airline’s passion for service quality and we would like to thank them for including Brussels into their network.”
The Doha-Brussels route is served with a wide body Airbus A330 featuring up to 30 seats in Business Class and up to 275 seats in Economy. The aircraft offers seatback TV screens providing passengers with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system featuring a choice of more than 900 audio and video on demand options.
On 6 March 2011, Qatar Airways will add Stuttgart to its global network, followed on 6 April by new flights to the Syrian city of Aleppo - the airline’s 100th destination.
By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve more than 120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of over 120 aircraft. Today, the airline’s fleet stands at 94 aircraft, flying to destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America.
The DOHA-BRUSSELS schedules are:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
Depart Doha (QR941) at 0725 hrs, arrive Brussels 1235 hrs
Depart Brussels (QR942) at 1535 hrs, arrive Doha 2355 hrs