Qatar Airways to deploy B787s to Delhi and Bangalore
Published: 20/08/2013 - Filed under: News »
Qatar Airways will deploy a Boeing 787 to the Indian cities of Delhi and Bangalore from September 1.
The carrier will operate a Dreamliner on each route on a daily basis.
Flight QR232 will depart Doha at 2100 and arrive in Delhi at 0325 the next day. Return service QR233 leaves Delhi at 0450 and arrives in Doha at 0630.
Flight QR226 will leave Doha at 2020 and arrive at Bangalore's Bengaluru airport at 0310 the following day. Return service QR227 leaves Bengaluru at 0440 and lands in Doha at 0625.
Akbar Al Baker, the airline's CEO, said: "In line with our commitment to offer our passengers the most exceptional travel experience, we are delighted to introduce Qatar Airways' Dreamliner on two of our important Indian routes."
Earlier this month, Qatar Airways announced it is opening a new route to Chengdu on September 3 (see news, August 5).
PeterCoultas - 20/08/2013 09:29
for such relatively short hops why choose such totally miserable flight times in both directions - definitely not for me!
Edski777 - 20/08/2013 10:16
Miserable flight times indeed. But it fills the gap between return runs to Western Europe. And nicely connects to the daytime flights to/from Europe.
AMcWhirter - 20/08/2013 11:14
Edski777 is correct. These flights between Doha and India are timed more for connecting passengers rather than those travelling p-t-p.
In my in-depth article on Gulf carriers (see BT December 2010) I explained how the dawn flights from India are specifically intended as onward feeders, especially for services to Europe and N America.
The 0440/0450 QR flights referred to in our news piece will arrive into Doha at 0625/0630 respectively.
From Doha there are QR flights departing for London at 0755, to Paris at 0815 and to Frankfurt 0825, to take just three examples.
But the most lucrative flights for QR are those heading for the US. There's a QR departure for New York at 0805, to Washington DC at 0845 and to Houston at 0900.
In the reverse direction, the best connections for the 2020 to Bangalore and the 2100 to Delhi are from the US. QR's flight from New York lands at Doha at 1820, the Houston service touches down at 1855 while the service from Washington DC arrives at 1825.
In days gone by, most travellers from India to N America or v.v. would almost certainly have routed via Europe. Many still go that way today (because the European carriers combined serve many more N American cities than do the Gulf airlines) but, as you can see from the examples above, the Gulf carriers have captured a valuable slice of the market.
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