Qatar Airways will run an all business class service between Doha and London Heathrow.
The exclusive daily flight will be operated by a 40-seater narrow-bodied A319, configured 2-2, and will commence on May 15.
It will be the first time that an all business class service has linked the UK with the Gulf.
It is understood that Oneworld member Qatar Airways recently secured an extra flight slot at Heathrow, which would allow the operation of a sixth daily service.
The A319 will be rostered for new flights QR15, departing Doha at 1450 to reach Heathrow at 2025, and QR16, departing Heathrow at 2155 and arriving into Doha the next morning at 0640.
The new schedules appear logical. They are perfectly timed for the business person wishing to maximise his or her working time either in London or Doha.
Online return rates for Doha to London flights on the A319 are currently priced at from QAR23,860 (£3,940) return.
Yesterday, we reported that Qatar Airways will display its new A380 at this summer's Farnborough International Airshow (see news, February 17).