Qatar Airways Boosts Services To JFK & LAX And Returns To Two More US Cities

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Back in June, Qatar Airways announced its return to four major US cities and, as of today, the gulf carrier now operates on six transatlantic routes to the United States. Starting tomorrow, 12 August, Qatar Airways will begin boosting frequencies on its existing US routes and, from September, the carrier will restart services to two more US cities.

Qatar Airways Adds Frequencies To JFK & LAX

Qatar Airways restarted its service between Doha and Los Angeles on 1 July and has slowly been increasing the number of flights it offers on this route ever since. From 12 August (tomorrow), the Doha – Los Angeles route will once again see a daily service being offered on the following schedule:

QR739 DOH 07:35 – 13:35 LAX (Daily)
QR740 LAX 15:35 – 17:05+1 day DOH (Daily)

This route will now be operated by Qatar Airways’ newest aircraft type, an Airbus A350-1000, which comes complete with the airline’s highly acclaimed Qsuite Business Class cabin.

Qatar Airways has been operating 10 flights/week between Doha and New York JFK since the beginning of July and, as of 1 September, the airline will add a further 3 weekly flights giving it a double-daily service to New York. The extra three weekly flights haven’t been added into the reservations systems yet (they should appear in the next few days) but this is the expected schedule from 1 September:

QR703 DOH 01:15 – 08:00 JFK (Tue, Thu & Sat)
QR701 DOH 08:15 – 15:00 JFK (Daily)

QR702 JFK 02:45 – 22:00 DOH (Wed, Fri & Sun)
QR702 JFK 21:00 – 16:15+1 day DOH (Daily)

The Doha – JFK route is currently operated by a mix of A350-900 and -1000 aircraft but from September the A350-900 will give way to a Boeing 777-300ER. From a Business Class point of view, this shouldn’t make any difference as all three of these aircraft offer the Qsuite Business Class cabin.

[HT: Business Traveller]

Qatar Airways Restarts Two Routes To The US

As things stand, the only US destinations to which Qatar Airways operates are Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Los Angeles, New York JFK, and Washington DC. From September, two more cities will be added to that list.

From 2 September 2020 Qatar Airways will return to Houston with 3 flights per week on the following schedule:

QR713 DOH 08:00 – 16:00 IAH (Mon, Wed & Fri)
QR714 IAH 18:00 – 16:40+1 day DOH (Mon, Wed & Fri)

This route will be operated with an A350-1000 aircraft which comes with the Qsuite Business Class cabin.

From 15 September 2020 Qatar Airways will offer 4 weekly flights between Doha and Philadelphia and, if the current schedules are to be believed, the airline has plans to take this route daily before the end of the year.

QR727 DOH 07:55 – 14:55 PHL (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
QR728 PHL 21:05 – 16:40+1 day DOH (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)

The current schedules show this route is set to be operated by an A350-900 aircraft which has not been refurbished with the Qsuite Business Class cabin. However, considering it’s no secret that Qatar Airways is keen to offer its Qsuites on all of its US routes, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Qsuite-equipped aircraft scheduled on this route before it is due to restart in mid-September.

Related: Qatar Airways Now Requires Masks AND Face Shields For Economy Class Passengers

Bottom Line

Towards the end of June, the Qatar Airways CEO stated that his airline was aiming to offer up to 75% of its schedule within the next 8 weeks (i.e by the end of August) and although that may have been a slightly over-optimistic plan, the airline is clearly intent on getting services back up and running to as many of its key destinations as possible. With Qatar Airways now back on friendly terms with American Airlines, expect the airline to announce further increases in US services in the coming weeks.

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