Qatar Airways‘ (Doha) inaugural flight to the city of Chicago touched down at O’Hare International Airport yesterday (April 10) marking the airline’s fourth gateway in the United States.
With the launch of thrice-weekly passenger services between The Windy City and Qatar Airways’ hub in Doha, capital of theState of Qatar, Chicago becomes destination number 126 in the airline’s impressive worldwide network.
Qatar Airways now operates 24 passenger flights a week between the United States and Doha – daily from New York,Washington DC and Houston and the new thrice-weekly services from Chicago.
Effective June 15, the Chicago – Doha route will increase to a daily service. Qatar Airways also operates twice-weekly dedicated cargo flights between the two cities, launched in August 2010.
Flight QR991 arrived to a warm welcome at a grand airport ceremony attended by a number of dignitaries, including Qatar’s Ambassador to the United States of America His Excellency Mr. Mohamad Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi , Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker and airport officials.
The maiden flight carried international media and airline management. The new route offers a connection between Chicago and a vast number of destinations across the Middle East, Africa, India and Asia Pacific via Doha.
Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways. Boeing 777-3DZ ER A7-BAK (msn 36097) arrives at an overcast and rainy O’Hare Airport in Chicago to the traditional water cannon salute.