Qatar Airways’ first-ever passenger flight to Portugal landed at Lisbon Airport on Monday, June 24, as the airline adds to its rapidly expanding European network. Operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, flight QR343 was greeted with a water cannon salute on arrival, Qatar Airways said in a statement.
Present on board the inaugural flight to Lisbon was the Portuguese Ambassador to Qatar, Ricardo Pracana, and Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Talling-Smith.
Qatar Airways said in a statement that the new daily direct services to Lisbon will be operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with 22 seats in business class and 232 seats in economy class.
Qatar Airways said its passengers travelling in business class can relax in one of the most comfortable, fully lie-flat beds in the sky as well as enjoy a five-star food and beverage service served ‘dine on demand’. Passengers can also take advantage of the airline’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system, Oryx One, offering up to 4,000 options.
Lisbon has also joined Qatar Airways’ air freight network, with the carrier’s cargo arm offering a total capacity of 70 tonnes to and from Portugal each week, and a direct connection to destinations in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas via Doha, the statement added.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide.
Lisbon is a new destination introduced by the airline this summer following the launch of flights to Izmir, Turkey, and Rabat, Morocco, in May; Malta at the beginning of June and Davao, Philippines on June 18; followed by Mogadishu, Somalia, on July 1; and Langkawi, Malaysia, on October15.
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