MIAMI – Gulf carrier Qatar Airways (QR) will operate 100+ weekly flights to 12 destinations in the United States with double daily flights on some routes. The airline wants to further strengthen its position as the leading airline international airline connecting the United States with Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are proud to be the leading international airline providing safe and reliable connectivity to and from the United States via the only 5-Star COVID-19 Safety Rated Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport. Qatar Airways has remained committed to the United States throughout the pandemic, adding two new destinations, with San Francisco and Seattle.”

“We have also strengthened our strategic partnerships with Alaska Airlines (AS), American Airlines (AA), and JetBlue (B6) enabling us to connect to more cities and airports in the United States than any other airline, providing US travelers the most convenient way to travel internationally this summer.”

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 on final at Rome Fiumicino International Airport (FCO). Photo: Marco Macca/Airways

Double Daily flights from Doha

  • Los Angeles (LAX) from 16 July to 26 September
  • New York (JFK) 29 June onwards
  • Chicago (ORD) from 21 July to 26 September
  • Washington DC (IAD) 22 July to 26 September

Other Daily direct flights

  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Boston (BOS) – daily flights from 3 July
  • Miami (MIA) – daily flights from 4 July
  • San Francisco (SFO) – daily flights from 29 June
  • Seattle (SEA) – daily flights from 28 June
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – five weekly flights from 6 July and daily flights from 21 July
  • Atlanta (ATL) – from 15 July
Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A7-BHG. Photo: Luca Flores/Airways

Qatari Dominance

Qatar Airways would be the first international airline to fully restore its service with the United States. Partnerships with Alaskan, American, and JetBlue would significantly help the airline dominate its market share, pushing aside Etihad (EY) and Emirates (EK).

The airline also announced a new triangular routing earlier this week connecting Doha (DOH) with Lusaka (LUN), Zambia and onward to Harare (HRE), Zimbabwe with its Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Qatar airways is one airline that kept flying all through COVID-19 as did their CEO mention in several interviews. With more and more destinations being announced in such a frequent manner, the airline is clearly focused on setting itself apart from its competitors.

The carrier is constantly finding the right markets to serve to expand its network. It recently launched flights to global leisure destinations including Cape Town (CPT), Maldives (MLE), Phuket (HKT), Seychelles (SEZ), and Zanzibar (ZNZ), providing more flexible summer holiday travel options.

Featured image: Qatar Airways A7-BCG Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways