The flights mean that passengers will be able to connect to worldwide destinations including Australia and Asia via Doha.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch date for our direct service to Cardiff. Many travellers currently fly to and from London, using ground transport between London and Cardiff, so this new route will allow passengers to fly direct from Wales to Doha and beyond for the first time.”
The route was originally announced earlier this year but details have only just been confirmed.
Deb Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, commented: “I am immensely proud that world class airline Qatar Airways has recognised the potential that exists within the region and chosen Cardiff Airport to operate a daily service. The service opens up a world of connectivity for our customers to destinations across Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Asia.”
Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, said: “The daily service between Cardiff and Doha is a huge boost for Wales. It will open up Wales’ links with the rest of the world and deliver new economic, leisure and travel opportunities for Welsh businesses and the people of Wales.
“Providing a direct route into the world’s fastest-growing hub airport, Hamad International will also bring Wales closer to leading global markets such as India, China, Singapore and Australasia.”
The 787 Dreamliner
Qatar Airways will be operating Boeings latest airliner, the 787 on the route which has great features for long haul travel including reduced cabin pressure and bigger windows.
Qatar Airways 787’s are equipped with 22 business class seats and 232 economy class. The cabin features Large, electronically dimmable windows along with full-spectrum LED lighting that will set the mood and help you adjust to changing time zones.
Every seat features In-Seat Power, USB & Apple iPort’s along with At Seat Entertainment.
Along with comfort, the 787 burns 20% less fuel than the aircraft it replaced.