Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight from Doha to Medan touched down at Kualanamu International airport on Monday, 15 January, marking Medan the airline’s third destination in the Republic of Indonesia.

The new direct service will complement the airline’s over 40 weekly flights to Jakarta and Bali.

“We are delighted to announce the expansion of our global network with the introduction of our new operations to Medan. Our commitment to enhancing connectivity and offering passengers in Indonesia world-class travel experiences continues. We look forward to enabling travellers to experience the best of what Medan has to offer while seamlessly connecting them to the most popular destinations around the globe through our multiple-award-winning hub, Hamad International Airport,” said Qatar Airways Group chief executive officer, Mohammed Al-Meer.

The new direct service to Medan is operated by Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which includes 22 business class seats and 232 economy class seats.

The city of Medan is the capital and largest city of the Indonesian province of North Sumatra. As a thriving economic hub and commercial center of the region, Medan attracts business travellers, while offering leisure travellers cultural diversity, scenic beauty and a unique blend of flavors.

Oneworld member Qatar recently announced another round of network and capacity expansion.

From July, the airline will launch flights from its Doha hub to Hamburg, Germany.

Hamburg will be Qatar Airways’ fifth destination in Germany, following Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin and Dusseldorf.

Moreover, from June, Qatar Airways will return to Venice.