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Thu, 17 December 2020

Air Canada Launches Thrice Weekly Flights to Doha, Qatar

(17 Dec 2020) Air Canada has launched thrice weekly flights between Toronto and Doha, Qatar.

The airline will operate the route with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft offering 298 seats in a three-class configuration.

The inaugural flight on Tuesday was the first ever Air Canada flight to Doha and signifies the further strengthening of relations between Canada and the State of Qatar.

Qatar Airways and Air Canada recently signed a codeshare agreement applicable for travel between Doha and Toronto. The agreement will enable both airlines passengers to enjoy seamless, one stop connections to and from Toronto via Hamad International Airport and onwards to more than 75 destinations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 reg: C-FVLX. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada, said, "I am delighted to strengthen our relationship with Qatar Airways, one of the world's best airlines, which will allow Air Canada to better respond to shifting demand trends. As Air Canada rebuilds its global network, we are strategically developing new routes and pivoting towards markets that cater to Canada's growing multicultural population. As more of our customers resume international travel next year, this enhanced agreement will allow Canadians more convenient options to visit family and friends, as well as open-up exciting new destinations."

Qatar Airways began flying to Canada in June 2011 with thrice weekly flights to Montreal that expanded to four flights per week in December 2018. The airline has worked closely with the Government of Canada and its embassies around the world throughout the pandemic, temporarily operating thrice weekly services to Toronto in addition to charter flights to Vancouver to help bring more than 40,000 passengers home to Canada.

"I am extremely delighted with this strong relationship that Qatar Airways has with Air Canada under the pioneering leadership of my friend, Calin Rovinescu who has put Air Canada's strong brand on the world aviation map," said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker. "Air Canada, one of the most successful airlines in North America, will add huge value to Qatar Airways' expanding network. Canada is a strategically important market for Qatar Airways, and this service will complement our existing four weekly service to Montreal and provide our travellers with additional options when planning travel to and from Canada."

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