The recent controversy stemming from accusations made by US carriers (see here and here) has not deterred Qatar Airways from expanding its network to the US, as it announced the introduction of three new passenger routes to Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta from 2016.
The first of the new routes will be Los Angeles, due to commence on January 1, 2016. Flight QR739 will depart Doha at 0745 and arrive in Los Angeles at 1310. The return service will see flight QR740 take off again at Los Angeles at 1510 and touch back down in Doha at 1810 the following day.
Qatar Airways has confirmed that it will deploy a B777-200LR on the route, sporting a two-class configuration with 42 seats in business class and 217 in economy.
At just over 8,300 miles, the Doha–Los Angeles route will be the longest service offered by Qatar Airways, clocking in at an eye-watering 16hrs and 25mins each way.
Business class on the B777
The second route to launch will be Boston, due to commence on March 16.
Qatar Airways’ has revealed it is planning to deploy its new A350 aircraft on the upcoming service, making the capital and largest city of Massachusetts the first US city served by the new aircraft.
Unlike the 2-2-2 business class configuration on the B777 (which has traditionally served the carrier's US routes), the A350 offers a 1-2-1 layout instead. The newer and far superior seat guarantees direct aisle access and increased privacy over the “Triple seven”.
Flight QR743 will depart Doha daily at 0820 and arrive in Boston at 1430. The return QR744 service will then take off from Boston at 2255 and arrive back in Doha at 1810 the next day.
Business class on the A350
Finally, services to Atlanta are scheduled to begin on July, but given that this is nearly 14 months away, flight details have yet-to-be announced.
Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker said: "As Qatar Airways continues its global expansion, we are delighted to be offering even more gateways in the United States, connecting passengers from destinations across the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Africa and Southeast Asia.
"We look forward to offering a great travel experience to our US passengers on the World's Best Business Class across our network of more than 140 destinations, with a convenient one-stop transfer at the new state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha".
Qatar Airways was recently voted the airline with the best business class at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2015.
For more information, visit qatarairways.com