Qatar Airways has added a second daily direct flight to New York.
The new service commenced this week and will be operated using the airline’s new 283-seat Airbus A350 aircraft, which has a capacity of 36 passengers in business class and 247 in economy.
The new flight, QR703, departs Doha’s Hamad International Airport daily at 0225 and arrives at New York’s JFK Airport at 0915. The return service, QR704, will then leave New York at 1115 and arrive back in Qatar at 0645 the following day.
These flights will complement Qatar Airways’ existing daily Boeing 777 service on the route, which leaves Doha at 0815 and departs New York at 2200.
“This new route is evidence of our rapid growth in the United States,” said Qatar Airways’ group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker. “By offering a second flight from JFK, we provide our leisure and business travellers with convenient connections, via Doha, to top destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Far East.
“In particular, business travel between New York City and Singapore on Qatar Airways is now one of our most popular routes, offering business travellers a best-in-class experience featuring the Airbus 350… on every leg of the journey.”
The addition of a second daily New York flight marks the latest phase of Qatar Airways’ US expansion. Already this year it has launched flights to Los Angeles and Boston, and it plans to commence direct flights to Atlanta on 1 June 2016.
Qatar Airways was the global launch customer of the A350 in 2015. The airline now operates eight of the twin-aisle aircraft on routes to Frankfurt, Munich, Singapore and New York, and next month it will start flying the A350 to Adelaide.