Qatar Air­ways launches in­au­gu­ral flight to So­har

Air­line’s third des­ti­na­tion in the Sul­tanate of Oman

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

The first Qatar Air­ways non­stop flight from Doha to So­har touched down yes­ter­day at So­har Air­port, in­au­gu­rat­ing the award-win­ning air­line’s new­est des­ti­na­tion in the Mid­dle East, and its third des­ti­na­tion in the Sul­tanate of Oman.

Qatar Air­ways Chief Com­mer­cial Of­fi­cer, Ehab Amin, who trav­elled on board the in­au­gu­ral flight, was greeted by His Ex­cel­lency Ali bin Fahd Al-Ha­jri, Am­bas­sador of Qatar in Oman, and of­fi­cials from Oman Air­ports Man­age­ment Com­pany (OAMC), in­clud­ing Chief Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer, David Wil­son; Gen­eral Man­ager Com­mer­cial Op­er­a­tions, Sheikh Samer Ahmed Al Nab­hani; Gen­eral Man­ager Op­er­a­tions, Ali Zaid Al-Balushi; Gen­eral Man­ager In­for­ma­tion & Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Dr Moa­man Mo­hammed Al-Bu­saidi and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials of Al-Bati­nah Gover­norate.

Qatar Air­ways Group Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ak­bar Al-Baker said: “We are de­lighted to add So­har to our global route net­work. We launched ser­vices to the Sul­tanate of Oman nearly 17 years ago, and ever since, we have added ad­di­tional fre­quen­cies on a yearly ba­sis to ac­com­mo­date de­mand for in­creased ca­pac­ity to this charm­ing coun­try, known for its tra­di­tional cul­ture and the warmth of the Omani peo­ple. Now pas­sen­gers from So­har will have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence our award­win­ning ser­vice, con­nect­ing them to a wide va­ri­ety of pop­u­lar sum­mer hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions.”

So­har is a city known both for its tra­di­tional Omani cul­ture and beau­ti­ful beaches. As the Sul­tanate of Oman’s largest city in the gover­norate of North­ern Al-Bati­nah and the coun­try’s main ship­ping hub, this vi­brant coastal city of­fers a range of tourist at­trac­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties, in par­tic­u­lar wa­ter sports such as div­ing, snorkelling and kite board­ing. Shop­pers will not want to miss the city’s souq, which of­fers tra­di­tional Omani hand­i­crafts as well as leather goods, ce­ram­ics, per­fumes, herbs and honey.

Oman Air­ports Man­age­ment Com­pany, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Sheikh Ai­man bin Ahmed Al-Hosni said: “We are de­lighted to wel­come Qatar Air­ways as a new strate­gic part­ner in So­har, which plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in the Sul­tanate of Oman’s busi­ness model, and is home to many suc­cess­ful projects im­ple­mented by the Omani Gov­ern­ment”.

Sheikh Ai­man bin Ahmed AlHosni added: “The new di­rect route be­tween Doha and So­har op­er­ated by Qatar Air­ways is a pres­ti­gious ad­di­tion to the op­er­a­tions of So­har Air­port. We will en­sure that all pas­sen­gers have a seam­less and con­ve­nient travel ex­pe­ri­ence”.

The air­line will op­er­ate three weekly flights be­tween Doha and So­har, bring­ing the to­tal ca­pac­ity across Oman to 59 weekly flights. Qatar Air­ways first be­gan ser­vice to the Sul­tanate of Oman by launch­ing flights to the cap­i­tal, Muscat in 2000. In 2013, Salalah was added to the air­line’s grow­ing net­work as the sec­ond des­ti­na­tion in the Sul­tanate of Oman. The award-win­ning air­line cur­rently op­er­ates five daily flights be­tween Doha and Muscat, and three daily re­turn flights on the Do­haSalalah route.

The new route to So­har will be served by an Air­bus A320 air­craft, fea­tur­ing 12 seats in Busi­ness Class and 132 seats in Econ­omy Class.

The 2017 Air­line of the Year, as awarded by Sky­trax, has a host of ex­cit­ing new des­ti­na­tions planned for the re­main­der of this year and 2018, in­clud­ing Can­berra, Aus­tralia; Chi­ang Mai, Thai­land; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Fran­cisco, US; and San­ti­ago, Chile, to name a few.

Qatar Air­ways has re­ceived a num­ber of ac­co­lades this year, in­clud­ing Air­line of the Year by the pres­ti­gious 2017 Sky­trax World Air­line Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Air­ways has been given this global recog­ni­tion as the world’s best air­line. In ad­di­tion to be­ing voted Best Air­line by trav­ellers from around the world, Qatar’s na­tional car­rier also won a raft of other ma­jor awards at the cer­e­mony, in­clud­ing Best Air­line in the Mid­dle East, World’s Best Busi­ness Class and World’s Best First Class Air­line Lounge.

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