Qatar Airways is to launch twice-weekly flights
from its Doha hub in Qatar to the southern Iranian city of Shiraz
on 5 June 2011.
Shiraz will become the airline’s 101st global
destination and third route to Iran. Qatar Airways first began operating services to
Iran in 2004
with the launch of the Tehran route, followed a year later by Mashad. The
airline today operates
double daily services to the capital city of Tehran and
five-flights-a-week to Mashad in northern Iran.
The new services will be operated with the
airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft, which features 12 seats in
Business Class and 132 in Economy.
“Qatar Airways is pleased to be bringing its third route to
Iran online in early June. Iran is still largely underserved by
international carriers and Shiraz in particular presents Qatar
Airways with an opportunity to target new business,” said
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “The
potential is significant and we are looking forward to developing
our market prospects with the launch of these new flights ... Iranian expatriates number between four and five
million people, with many living in Europe and North America. We
have good connections from these continents to Shiraz through our
Doha hub, so facilitating travel for this expatriate community
would soon be much easier.”
is home to over 1.5 million people and one of the largest cities
in Iran. As the capital city of the Fars Province, Shiraz is the economic centre of southern Iran. Outbound traffic from the city
will significantly contribute to Qatar Airways’ new flight.
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