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Qatar Airways commences first 787 service to UK
Friday 14th December 2012 at 10:13
Qatar Airways has became the first airline to operate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger service to the United Kingdom when flight QR075 arrived at London Heathrow from Doha on Thursday 13th December 2012. This was also Qatar Airways’ first long haul service operated by a 787 Dreamliner.
On arrival at Heathrow, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said “Today we inaugurate our 787 on the London Heathrow route, putting Qatar Airways firmly on the global aviation map as a carrier with a determination to continue its expansion drive and improve an already superior in-flight product.
“The Doha – Heathrow route is one of our most popular international routes and it was only fitting that we deploy our new 787 to and from London.”
Qatar Airways took delivery of the first of 60 Dreamliners last month with the third 787 joining the airline’s fleet just days ago. However, the third aircraft to arrive is currently (December 13th) grounded at Doha with a suspected electrical problem which became apparent on its December 9 delivery flight.
Mr Al Baker added: “We will be introducing the Dreamliner on our daily Doha – Perth route from February 1 next year, the first ever 787 commercial service to Australia giving travellers between the UK and Australia a unique 787 experience of unrivalled comfort and style all the way with the world’s Five Star and Best Airline.”
The Doha-based carrier's new addition to its fleet also heralds a fresh era for Middle East aviation with our carrier being the Boeing 787 launch customer in the region.
With more 787s being inducted into our fleet over the next year, further route launches and our move to a brand new international airport in Doha during 2013, Qatar Airways continues to look forward to another year of exciting developments.
A striking feature of every seat throughout the 787 is the award-winning touch screen Android system, where passengers are able to navigate through a truly interactive service offering more than 1,000 movie, TV programmes, music and gaming entertainment options in a sophisticated and user friendly way, just like the latest smart phones.
The touch-screen control unit has a unique dual screen interface allowing passengers to play games on their handheld device while enjoying a movie on their personal screen. 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 has 254 custom-made seats across its 787 Business and Economy Class cabins with specially designed interiors. Business Class is configured 1–2–1 with 22 seats, while Economy has 232 seats in a 3–3–3 layout.
In addition, dynamic mood lighting and the composite design of the Dreamliner with lighter materials, will ensure passengers are less fatigued and more refreshed as the cabin pressure is 2,000 feet closer to ground level with an air purification system that is cleaner and healthier than many other aircraft.
The 787 Dreamliner is made up of composite materials making it a lighter and more fuel efficient than any comparable aircraft of its size and range. Key features include larger windows, lower cabin pressure at higher altitude ensuring less fatigue, mood lighting throughout the aircraft and more passenger space and comfort.
One of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 15 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 115 aircraft to 122 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.
Report by Derek Pedley