Qatar Airways will be upgrading its services to Moscow starting in September. This will include an increase in the weekly frequency, as well as the introduction of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to the route.
The airline’s latest move follows a similar trend seen by other gulf carriers. Earlier this year, Etihad Airways announced that it would increase its services between Abu Dhabi and Moscow to double daily from June 1 and triple daily from October 1 (see here).
In terms of the Qatar Airway route expansion, the carrier will add two additional flights per week to its Doha-Moscow route, thereby bring the total weekly frequency to 14.
The Doha–Moscow service is currently operated by a mixed fleet of A320 and A321 aircraft. Starting in September, the carrier will replace this with its newly upgraded A320 (which offers business class seating that reclines into a 180-degree lie-flat bed), as well as the B787 Dreamliner.
Qatar Airways configures the Dreamliner with 254 seats – 22 in business class (1-2-1 layout), and 232 in economy (3-3-3).
Upon implementation, the increase in both frequency and aircraft capacity will bring the total number of business class seats to 476 and economy class seats to 4,928 each week. This is an increase of 188 and 1,329 seats respectively from the current setup.
Doha – Moscow Daily Schedules
Depart Doha QR231 at 0725, arrive Moscow 1315
Depart Moscow QR232 at 1445, arrive Doha 1830
Depart Doha QR229 at 1245, arrive Moscow 1855
Depart Moscow QR230 at 1955, arrive Doha 0005
Qatar Airways chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker said: “We established our Moscow route just over 10 years ago, and since then we have watched it grow steadily. I’m very pleased that we are able to meet our customers demand by increasing not only the frequency of flights per week, but also introducing one of the most state-of-the-art aircraft in the world to the route.”
For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com