MIAMI – Qatar Airways confirmed that the electronics ban has been lifted for all flights to the United States departing from its Hamad International Airport’s hub (HIA) in Doha, Qatar.
The approval given by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) occurs three days after Etihad Airways announced the electronics ban was lifted for them and a day after Emirates Airlines and Turkish Airlines had the same luck.
In a statement Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker said:
We are pleased to announce that the electronics ban has been lifted from Qatar Airways flights departing to all destinations in the U.S.
Safety and security are always our highest priority. They are expressed throughout all of our corporate values, and must never be compromised. The security measures in place in Doha allow us to continue to provide our renowned world-class service for all our passengers travelling to the U.S.
We look forward to providing our passengers an even greater choice of U.S. destinations soon, with the addition of San Francisco to our expanding network, on board the most modern of aircraft including the Airbus A350 and our Qsuite retro-fitted Boeing 777 aircraft.
Qatar Airways also announced that their recent intention to make an initial investment on its Oneworld partner, American Airlines, continues since AA is considered by the carrier “a good Oneworld Alliance partner.”
The airline will also bring its new Q-suite Business Class seat to New York in September on a Boeing 777 aircraft. And will launch flights service to San Francisco in 2018, as part of its continuing expansion in the U.S.
The expansion is just part of the airline’s global growth plans, which include new routes to Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Douala, Cameroon; Libreville, Gabon; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Santiago, Chile.