Qatar Airways has touched down in Atlanta for the first time, marking the start of a new daily direct service.
The new route was launched this week with an inaugural Airbus A380 flight between Doha and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, but the regular service will be operated using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
“From our very first flight, we see that our services are essential to this city,” said Qatar Airways’ group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker. “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.
“Our vision for Qatar Airways and Hamad International has always been as a global hub, seamlessly spanning continents and facilitating world travel. The world becomes far more accessible with this 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,” he added.
Flights will now operate every day, departing Doha’s Hamad International Airport at 0905 and arriving in Atlanta at 1655. The return service will then leave the US city at 1925 and arrive back in the Qatari capital at 1615 the following day.
Atlanta becomes the 10th US destination in Qatar Airways’ network, following Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, Philadelphia and Washington DC.