Qatar Airways today launched its inaugural long-haul Boeing 787 Dreamliner service on the Doha–London Heathrow route.
It becomes the first airline to operate regular scheduled flights with the fuel-efficient aircraft to and from the UK.
Initially, one of the airline’s five daily flights is being operated with the Boeing 787 – Flight QR075 departing Doha at 0625 hrs, arriving at London Heathrow at 1105 hrs, with the return flight QR 076 departing London Heathrow at 1505 hrs, arriving in Doha at 0045 hrs the following day.
Passengers can stay connected through WIFI and GSM telephony, sending both text and MMS messages, with each seat equipped with USB, MP3 and other charger ports, including laptop power outlets.
Qatar Airways took delivery of the first of 60 Dreamliners last month with the third 787 joining the airline’s fleet a few days ago.
Since taking delivery of its first 787 four weeks ago, Qatar Airways has been flying the aircraft between Doha and both Dubai and Kuwait allowing cabin crew to familiarise themselves with the plane.
The airline has announced it will introduce the Dreamliner on daily Doha–Perth routes from February 1.