On Monday, June 24th Qatar Airways’ first passenger flight to the country of Portugal touched down in the capital city of Lisbon. This is just one of many new and exciting routes that the Middle East carrier is launching this year.
Operating a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, flight QR343 made its landing into Lisbon with a water cannon salute on arrival at 7:09am. The particular aircraft had registration A7-BCZ. Travel News Daily reports that on board the inaugural flight to Lisbon both Portuguese Ambassador to Qatar, H.E Mr. Ricardo Pracana and Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Simon Talling-Smith were present as VIP guests.
Upon arrival, the two were met by other VIPs including the Qatari Ambassador to Portugal, H.E. Mr. Saad Ali Al-Muhannadi and the Chief Executive of Aeroportos de Portugal Mr. Thierry Ligonnière.
Other QR flights to Lisbon will have the flight number QR341. Flying through Syrian airspace, the approximate flight time is seven hours and 20 minutes.
One of many new routes
According to Routes Online, Lisbon is just one of several new Qatar Airways routes starting this summer. Others include:
- Doha – Angeles City Clark – Davao – Doha: Once weekly on a 787-8. Flight QR936.
- Doha – Djibouti – Mogadishu: (eff 01JUL19) Three times per week on an A320. QR1459/1460.
- Doha – Izmir: Three times per week on an A320. QR347/QR348.
- Doha – Marrakech – Rabat – Doha: Three times per week on a 787-8. Rabat is a new destination for QR. Flight QR1463.
The press release made public by Qatar Airways promises the new daily direct services to Lisbon will utilize the airline’s “state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner”. Onboard are 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.
Qatar Airways passengers in Business Class will enjoy fully lie-flat beds onboard as well as enjoying a five-star ‘dine on demand’ food and beverage service. The press release ends by saying that “passengers can also take advantage of the airline’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system, Oryx One, offering up to 4,000 options.”
Airlines in competition
Lisbon is a popular destination for vacations and tourism. According to The Telegraph, Lisbon gets more sun than any other location in Europe. Apparently, the Portuguese capital predates other historic European cities like London, Rome and Paris by hundreds of years.
With that being said, there are many large full-service carriers also flying into Lisbon that Qatar will be competing with. Most notable of those airlines are Emirates with daily flight on a 777-300ER, as well as Turkish Airlines. Turkish runs as many as two flights per day using either an Airbus A321 or a Boeing 737-900.
Then of course there is the local option, TAP Portugal, as well as a number of European legacy carriers that can connect other parts of the world with their major hubs. These include,
- KLM (via Amsterdam)
- Lufthansa (via Frankfurt and Munich)
- Air France (via Paris CDG)
- SWISS (via Zurich)
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