Qatar Airways acquires the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the Middle East

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The airline becomes the 7th member of the exclusive ‘Dreamliner’ club, while orders for further 787s have been placed under long-term fleet expansion plans.

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The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner of Qatar Airways landed at the airline hub of Doha, from where it will temporarily operate flights to Dubai before being settled for the London Heathrow route.

The Chief executive of Qatar Airways oversaw a formal handing-over ceremony of the first Boeing 787 of the airline at Boeing Field in Seattle, as reported by Khaleej Times. He was then taken on-board its flight to Doha, the central hub of operations of the airline.

The flag carrier will station its first Boeing 787 in Doha for operating selected flights to Dubai. The main purpose would be to season and train the airline’s technical staff and ground support with the dynamics of the modern aircraft. It will then be transferred to its preferred long-haul route for flights to London Heathrow. This will attend to Qatar Airways’ large passenger base to Heathrow Airport, which already receives 5 daily flights from Doha under the airline.

Successive 787 Dreamliners will be inducted one by one into the operations cycle of the airline over the next couple of years. Qatar Airways has plans to settle its next Dreamliner aircraft for flights to Australia. Other potential destinations listed for the new 787s include Zurich, Frankfurt and New Delhi.

Qatar Airways has coordinated step by step with Boeing for tailoring its orders of Dreamliner aircraft according to the needed requirement. With regards to fuel efficiency, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is ranked to be the first mid-sized commercial airliner capable of flying long-haul routes. This would allow in ensuring greater seat occupation per flight regardless of the destinations in the flight route.

Passenger comfort is the main feature highlighted for Qatar Airways’ latest purchase. Wireless connectivity with cellular networks, Wi-Fi service and larger LCD screens with ports for ipods and similar devices consist of the technological package for passengers. The seats are adjustable and can be deployed into flat beds, having greater spaces between aisles for each of the class categories.

The airline seems to have established the 787 as the benchmark for modern technology in its inventory, as a further 60 aircraft of the Dreamliner model are placed for order at Boeing to be delivered in the near future. The current fleet of Qatar Airways is to be expanded with an addition of more than 250 commercial carriers, making it one of the biggest aviation customers worldwide.

TravelhouseUK is offering bargain deals on multiple intercontinental routes operated by Qatar Airways. The majority of destinations hail from the Asian continent, such as Seoul, Langkawi, Osaka, Lahore and Chittagong.

“The purchase of the latest commercial carrier in the market generates a massive impression for any international airline” said Victor Hunt, the Operations Manager of TravelhouseUK. “And Qatar Airways stands to be one of the fastest growing airlines in the industry”.

“Qatar Airways has left no stone unturned in surfacing to become an influential airline in the longer run. For instance, it became a member of the One-World Alliance only last month, making it the first airline originating from the Middle East to become part of the largest aviation alliances globally”.

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