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Qatar Airways Launches Flights to Penang, Malaysia

Qatar Airways has launched non-stop flights to Penang, Malaysia.

 The airline will initially operate the route three times per week, increasing to four-times-weekly effective 1 July 2018.

 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class will serve the Penang flights.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are delighted to launch direct flights to Penang, a long-anticipated addition to our global route network. Our Kuala Lumpur service started in 2001, and it has since grown to a triple-daily direct non-stop service to and from Doha. We are tremendously pleased to now be able to offer our passengers another exciting destination to experience in this beautiful country.”

Penang Town Hall. Picture by Steven Howard. Click to enlarge.

 Flight QR850 is scheduled to depart Doha (DOH) at 02:30 arrive in Penang (PEN) at 14:30. The return flight, QR851, is timed to leave Penang at 20:30 and arrive back in Doha at 23:20.

His Excellency Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang, said, “We offer an UNESCO World Heritage city that is captivating in not only our cultural diversity and religious harmony but also in offering our natural beauty and world class tourism products. Let your senses be invaded by sights, sounds and smells that will entice you to come back for more.”

The debut of flights to Penang follows the recent launch of flights to both Chiang Mai and Pattaya in Thailand, as well as additional services to Krabi, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) and Hanoi.

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