MIAMI — In 2016 Qatar Airways will launch daily flights from Doha to Atlanta, Boston, and Los Angeles. Plus, it will start flying its brand new Airbus A350s to the United States.
On January 1, 2016, Qatar will start flying between Doha and Los Angeles with a two-class Boeing 777 aircraft. On March 16, Qatar will start flying its Airbus A350 XWB between Doha and Boston, and on July 1, Qatar will start flying between Doha and Atlanta with a Boeing 777. Meanwhile on March 1, Qatar will swap a A350 XWB aircraft in for its second daily flight to New York JFK which will be the first scheduled commercial A350 flight to the United States, unless something changes.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “As Qatar Airways continues its global expansion, we are delighted to be offering even more gateways in the United States, connecting passengers from destinations across the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Africa and Southeast Asia.
“We look forward to offering a great travel experience to our US passengers on the World’s Best Business Class across our network of more than 140 destinations, with a convenient one-stop transfer at the new state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha.”
Once Qatar starts these new flights, it will serve America’s top 10 largest cities; Qatar already flies to Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Part of the carrier’s rapid expansion in the United States has been fueled by its presence in the oneworld alliance as it codeshares with American.
Over the last few months, a heated debate has been brewing between the Gulf Three (Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar) and the big three in the U.S. (American, Delta, and United), with Delta being the most vocal U.S. airline. The three U.S. carriers alleged the Gulf Three of receiving billions in subsidies from their home governments which has put the U.S. airlines at a disadvantage when it comes to ticket prices, ordering new aircraft, and launching new destinations, and the U.S. airlines also claim that these subsidies are in violation of the Open Skies agreement.
Recently, the three U.S. airlines requested that the government put a temporary freeze on Gulf carriers starting new service to the States, but so far, nothing has come out of this request as of yet, other than Emirates and Qatar announcing new destinations in the Unite States. The Obama administration says it will examine the U.S. airline’s claims by the end of May.
Qatar will become the first Gulf Carrier to have a presence in Atlanta; Emirates already flies to Boston and Los Angeles.