[HD video below] Qatar Airways has unveiled plans to expand its
South Africa operations, with the launch of flights to Durban and
increasing its weekly frequencies to Johannesburg.
The airline will also increase its weekly
frequency to Cape Town going up from five flights a week to a
Effective from 17 December 2015, the airline
will launch 4 new weekly flights to Durban via Johannesburg
bringing the total frequency to Johannesburg up from 10 weekly
flights to a double-daily service.
From 1 October 2015, Qatar Airways will be
operating daily flights to Cape Town ahead of the busy 2015/16
winter travel season, an increase from five weekly flights this
All three routes will be operated with a Boeing
787 Dreamliner. Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner offers passengers 254 seats
across its Business and Economy Class, with its seats in Business
Class reclining to 180-degree fully flat beds [see video below].
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
Akbar Al Baker said, “At Qatar Airways we strive to provide our
passengers with the best of service levels on ground and on board
our modern fleet. We also provide our passengers with a strong
global network of business and leisure destinations, and the city
of Durban will be a welcome new addition to our extensive route
map. Durban is an important gateway into South
Africa and we are very confident that this route will be warmly
welcomed like all our other routes in the African continent.”
Durban is the second most important
manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg with the
presence of a number of major multi-national companies. It is also
famous for being the busiest port in the African continent, and one of the main centres of tourism because of
its warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches.
Africa is key to Qatar Airways’ global network
expansion strategy and the airline currently operates 140 flights
per week to 19 African gateways. Since 2011 the airline has added
the following African destinations to its global route network:
Entebbe (Uganda); Kigali (Rwanda); Kilimanjaro (Tanzania); Maputo
(Mozambique); Addis Ababa (Ethiopia); Djibouti International
Airport (Djibouti) and Asmara (Eritrea).
Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Tour of
Economy and Business Class