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Qatar Airways currently operates eight routes between Doha and the United States and from the end of the year, the airline will add a ninth – San Francisco. The West coast gateway has been part of Qatar Airways’ plans in the past (back in 2018) but the planned service never materialized. This time around, however, there’s a lot more reason to expect the new route to go ahead.
Qatar Airways’ New San Francisco Service
From 15 December 2020, Qatar Airways will offer 4 flights per week between Doha and San Francisco and, at the time of writing, this is what the schedule looks like:
QR737 DOH 08:15 – 12:55 SFO (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
QR738 SFO 14:55 – 17:15+1 day DOH (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
The route will be served by an Airbus A350-900XWB which Qatar Airways has confirmed will offer the excellent Qsuites Business Class cabin. Per Qatar Airways:
“Business Class passengers on this flight can enjoy the award-winning Qsuite business class seat with its enhanced privacy, including sliding privacy doors and the option to use a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator. The Qsuite seat layout is a 1-2-1 configuration, providing passengers to the Middle East and beyond with the most spacious, fully private, comfortable and social distanced Business Class product in the sky.“
I’ve flown in the Qsuite Business Class cabin (review here) and can confirm that it’s a very good (if not perfect) product and that it offers one of the best Business Class experiences around.
The privacy the Qsuite offers is probably its biggest selling point right now (as the world battles an airborne virus) but the fact of the matter is that it’s the superb onboard service that Qatar Airways almost always offers that’s as big an influence on the quality of the flight as the much-lauded seat.
Overall this is great news for Bay Area flyers and it will be interesting to see if Qatar Airways manages to “steal” any of the West Coast – India flyers that American Airlines and United Airlines are currently battling to get. Flyers determined not to have to change aircraft will still choose to fly with one of the US carriers, but anyone wanting a true premium experience will probably put up with an aircraft change in Doha (it’s not like the Business Class lounge in Doha isn’t great!) and sacrifice the benefits of a non-stop flight for the benefits of flying with one of the world’s best airlines.
For reference, These are the other US destinations to which Qatar Airways offers services (all are served by aircraft that offer the Qsuites Business Class cabin):
- Boston (BOS) – 3x/week
- Chicago (ORD) – Daily service
- Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Daily service
- Houston (IAH) – 4x/week
- Los Angeles (LAX) – Daily service
- New York (JFK) – Daily service
- Philadelphia (PHL) – 3x/week
- Washington, D.C. (IAD) – Daily service
You can check the latest fares and deals from all the above cities on Qatar Airways.com
Qatar Airways says that it will start to offer flights between Doha and San Francisco from 15 December 2020. We’ve had promises of a Qatar Airways San Francisco service in the past but this time around the service looks like it will actually go ahead…especially as the flights have already gone on sale (link).