Qatar Airways is
to replace its Doha-Newark route (via Geneva) with a daily non-stop service to JFK
from October 26.
The service will
be plied by Qatar’s new Boeing 777-300 aircraft, featuring a lie-flat business
class offering (42 seats with 78-inch pitch in a 2-2-2 configuration) as well
as the airline’s next-generation in-flight entertainment system.
The move will
reduce the flight time between Doha and New York from 17 hours to around 13.5 hours, with flight QR083
departing Doha at 0820, arriving into JFK at 1500. The return leg QR084 will
leave New York at 2235, landing back into Doha at 1910 the next day.
As a result of
the new service Qatar’s Geneva-Newark route will be scrapped, but the carrier
says its Doha-Geneva flights will see an increase in capacity as the route
becomes a dedicated service to the Swiss city using an Airbus A330 aircraft.
Qatar says it will shortly announce additional frequencies from Doha to both
Zurich and Geneva for 2009.
Qatar will also
commence non-stop flights between Doha and Houston from December 10 – for more
information visit qatarairways.com.
Report by Mark