Qatar Airways is today launching its first all-business class service, between Doha and London Heathrow.
The daily flight will be operated by a 40-seater narrow-bodied A319, configured 2-2.
It will be the first time that an all business class service has linked the UK with the Gulf.
The airline is rostering an A319 for new flights QR15, which departs Doha at 1450 to reach Heathrow T4 at 2025, and QR16, which leaves Heathrow at 2155 and arrives into Doha the next morning at 0640.
The new schedules are perfectly timed for the business traveller wishing to maximise his or her working time either in London or Doha.
The addition of the all-business service, called Business One, means Qatar Airways now operates six daily flights to Heathrow.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: "The launch of our first all-premium product Business One reaffirms Qatar Airways' determination to provide the best five-star service and comfort in the air for our business class passengers.
"The Doha to London Heathrow route is one of Qatar Airways' most popular business class destinations and we continue to see increasing demand from passengers in Doha and those connecting onto London Heathrow from our network of worldwide destinations.
"Combined with the new Qatar Airways Premium Lounge at London Heathrow's Terminal 4, and our Premium Terminal in Doha, our passengers can experience the very best Business Class service in the industry."
Qatar Airways will display its new A380 at this summer's Farnborough International Airshow (see news, February 17).