Qatar Airways became the first airline to operate a Boeing 787 passenger service to Britain when flight QR075 arrived at London Heathrow from Doha on Thursday morning (December 13). This was also Qatar Airways’ first long haul service operated by a 787 Dreamliner.
An official delegation from Doha was on the inaugural flight from the airline’s Doha hub,
including Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker and VIP guest His Excellency Michael O’Neill, British Ambassador to the State of Qatar.
On arrival at Heathrow, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “Today we inaugurate our 787 on the London Heathrow route, putting Qatar Airways firmly on the global aviation map as a carrier with a determination to continue its expansion drive and improve an already superior in-flight product.
“The Doha – Heathrow route is one of our most popular international routes and it was only fitting that we deploy our new 787 to and from London.”
Initially, one of the airline’s five daily flights is being operated with the Boeing 787 – Flight QR 075 departing Doha at 06:25 and arriving at London Heathrow at 11:05, (the inaugural flight arrived 30 minutes early) with the return flight QR 076 departing London Heathrow at 1505 and arriving in Doha at 00:45 the following day.
Qatar Airways took delivery of the first of 60 Dreamliners last month with the third 787 joining the airline’s fleet just days ago. However, the third aircraft to arrive is currently (December 13) grounded at Doha with a suspected electrical problem which became apparent on its December 9 delivery flight.
Mr Al Baker added: “We will be introducing the Dreamliner on our daily Doha – Perth route from February 1 next year, the first ever 787 commercial service to Australia giving travellers between the UK and Australia a unique 787 experience of unrivalled comfort and style all the way with the world’s Five Star and Best Airline.”
Qatar Airways has 254 custom-made seats across its 787 Business and Economy Class cabins with specially designed interiors. Business Class is configured 1–2–1 with 22 seats, while Economy has 232 seats in a 3–3–3 layout.