Recently, Qatar Airways launched its long-awaited, first commercial flight to Atlanta, as the airline commenced daily, non-stop service between Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) and Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha.
Skytrax’s reigning “Airline of the Year” marked the occasion by operating the inaugural flights with one of the airline’s super jumbo Airbus A380 aircraft. The inaugural inbound and outbound flights were sold out, demonstrating the need and desire for new international service to and from Atlanta.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “From our very first flight, we see that our services are essential to this city, even in a major aviation hub such as Atlanta. We are broadening the horizon and giving seasoned business and leisure travellers convenient access to many new and important destinations around the world. Atlanta is home to dozens of Fortune 500 companies that conduct business around the world – businesses that need the convenience only our flight, with connections in Doha, can provide.”
Water salute for the A380, Qatar Airways’ first inaugural flight from Doha to Atlanta, flight QR755, 1st June 2016
Qatar Airways A380 inaugural return QR756 taxis to pick up Atlanta passengers bound for Doha and 41 countries beyond
Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Customer Experience, Mr. Rossen Dimitrov (left), Interim Airport Director, Mr. Roosevelt Council Jr. (centre) and Qatar Airways Vice President of Americas, Mr. Gunter Saurwein exchange gifts before welcoming media aboard Qatar Airways’ A380
Qatar Airways’ home and hub, Hamad International Airport, offer geographic advantages other airlines and alliances cannot; the carrier is based in Doha, within six hours of 80 per cent of the world’s population. With its extensive network throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Qatar Airways flights can reduce overall flying time by hours.
The first Qatar Airways departure proves the point that hundreds of passengers on the first flight from Atlanta took advantage of convenient connections to reach more than 40 destinations out of the airline’s global network of more than 150 destinations. The majority of connecting passengers flew on from Hamad International to India, Southeast Asia and African destinations, such as Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Asmara, and Khartoum.
“Our vision for Qatar Airways and Hamad International has always been as a global hub, seamlessly spanning continents and facilitating world travel,” continued H.E. Mr. Al Baker. “The world becomes far more accessible with kind of global network, and we at Qatar Airways want to take the journey with you, and make the travel as rewarding and memorable as the destination.”
Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines in aviation history, taking on average one new aircraft every 11 days. To help support this growth, Qatar Airways will host a recruitment drive for their award-winning and iconic cabin crew in Atlanta starting in July. Dates will be announced shortly.
Interested applicants can learn more about working for Skytrax’s three-time Airline of the Year by visiting the airline’s web site at www.qatarairways.com. Qatar Airways offers competitive, tax-free salary, housing, medical insurance and other perks, in addition to the opportunity for rapid career advancement.
The introduction of daily wide-body Boeing 777 passenger flights provides additional belly-hold capacity to the cargo carrier’s existing four-times weekly freighter services between Doha and Atlanta. The carrier now offers a combined 744 tonnes of capacity per week on its Doha-Atlanta-Doha route, meeting the robust demand of the destination.
Doha (DOH) to Atlanta (ATL) QR755 departs: at 9:05 arrives: 16:55
Atlanta (ATL) to Doha (Doha) QR756 departs: 19:25 arrives: 16:15 following day