This morning, Qatar Airways announced that it is expanding its services to the United States. Following its resumption of New York flights later this week, from July 1st, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington DC will join the airline’s existing Chicago and Dallas operations as it gradually rebuilds its network.
Ramping up its network
According to a press release seen by Simple Flying, this move will allow the flag carrier of Qatar to operate 39 weekly flights to six gateways in the US. Additionally, these services will connect on to hundreds of the nation’s destinations through the firm’s partnerships with American Airlines and JetBlue.
This expansion is part of the state-owned carrier’s rebuild plan. It is resuming internationally with over 170 weekly flights to more than 40 destinations. These operations include flight resumptions to six of Qatar Airways’ 10 US gateways.
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Connecting across the cities
With this progress, from tomorrow, the will be flying to New York three times a week. However, by 2nd July, there will be 10 weekly operations to the economic hub. These flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport will begin on June 19th.
The first departure will leave Doha’s Hamad International Airport under flight number QR701 at 08:15 before touching down at JFK at 15:00. The return flight will then leave under flight number QR702 at 21:00 to land in Qatar the next day at 16:15. All times are local.
With this New York resumption, other key cities such as Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. will see Qatar Airways liveries at their airports by the time next month starts. The United States is beginning to open up its economy following lockdown measures slowly. Therefore, demand is expected to rise gradually.
During the downturn in activity due to the global health crisis, the airline remained busy. Despite its flight schedule being reduced since March, it brought 160,000 people back to their homes in the US. Altogether, it clocked over 1.3 billion revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) during April, which accounted for 17.8 percent of the global market.
A word from the chief
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker shared how his airline has been assisting those in need during the sensitive time. US authorities have been recognizing the group’s efforts over the last few months.
“Since the pandemic outbreak, at Qatar Airways we have been completely focused at fulfilling our mission to bring people home. We worked closely with governments around the world to ensure their stranded citizens could travel home safely and our repatriation efforts were widely recognised and applauded,” Al Baker said, as per the press release.
“The United States is historically a hugely significant strategic market for our airline and at the end of April, U.S. Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo personally expressed his appreciation of Qatar Airways’ continued assistance and the tremendous efforts extended by the airline to repatriate tens of thousands of Americans.”
The executive added that all of the the six destinations will be served with a minimum of five weekly flights from the middle of July. He said that his company is offering unrivalled connectivity via Hamad International Airport.
The start of a new beginning
The airline is showing its intent on regaining its presence in the skies following the industry downtime. However, it has to make some adjustments in its plans to maintain a balance over the next few years. Along with not taking on its order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets, it won’t be receiving any new aircraft before 2022.
Altogether, Qatar Airways is determined to connect passengers across the globe. The US market is an important sector for the operator. Therefore, it will be glad to ramp up its services to several of the country’s major cities.
Simple Flying reached out to Qatar Airways for more information on its US services. We will update the article with any further announcements.
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