Qatar expands to Chicago

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    Qatar Airways launched scheduled passenger flights to Chicago this week; its fifth North American destination. The three-weekly flights, fly nonstop from Doha and should increase to daily 15 June. The addition of Chicago takes the airline’s global network to 126 destinations covering Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

    Following the inaugural flight and airport ceremony at Chicago O’Hare International Airport last Wednesday, Qatar Airways chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, outlined the airline’s plans at a press briefing. “With the Chicago route going daily from 15 June and our presence here for more than two years through a dedicated freighter service, it clearly demonstrates Qatar Airways’ commitment to this key city. He added: “We anticipate a large influx of travellers not just from the energy community, but also from construction, the arts, finance and technology to name a few.” The US remains a focal point for the airline, with Al Baker hinting at the possibility of additional routes within the country over the next few years.He said the airline launched its North American operations in the summer of 2007 with flights to New York and Washington DC, followed by Houston, Montreal and now, Chicago with 27 scheduled flights each week to five gateways across the region.

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