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Qatar Airways has announced that it plans to start up service to a fifth Scandinavian city towards the end of this year when Gothenburg joins Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki as a Qatar Airways destination.
The Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is quoted as saying…
It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of direct services to Gothenburg, our second gateway into Sweden. Gothenburg is a charming city with much to offer both business and leisure travellers. This new direct route demonstrates our commitment to expanding our presence in the Nordic countries, a highly important market for us, and to further connecting these destinations on our global network. We look forward to introducing travellers from around the world to this beautiful city
The Doha – Gothenburg route will be served 5x/week from 12 December 2018 on the following schedule:
QR173 DOH 01:55 – 06:35 GOT (Mon, Thu & Sun)
QR177 DOH 08:20 – 13:00 GOT (Wed & Sat)
QR174 GOT 08:05 – 16:10 DOH (Mon, Thu & Sun)
QR178 GOT 15:10 – 23:15 DOH (Wed & Sat)
The route will be served by a Qatar Airways 787 Dreamliner which means that, although the Qsuites won’t be an option, the Business Class cabin will be one of the better cabins in the Qatar Airways fleet offering 20 seats which all offer direct access to the aisle (Qatar Airways 787 Business Class reviewed).
Qatar Airways has also confirmed that it will soon be the first Gulf carrier to offer service to/from Luxembourg and that it will be launching services to Tallinn, Valletta, Langkawi and Da Nang.
I’ll update the blog as and when the airline releases more information on these routes.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a selection of good Qatar Airways Business Class fares between Europe and Asia (I’m already wondering if we’ve seen the end of cheap oneworld status) so it’s very good news to hear that the airline is starting up yet another route to Europe.
Traditionally it’s the Nordic cities that offer the better Qatar Airways Business Class fares so the more seats Qatar Airways has to fill to/from Scandinavia the better the chance that we see some good Business Class deals return.