Qatar Airways operate their inaugural Boeing 787 flight from Doha to Birmingham Airport‏

Pictured with a celebratory cake replicating the iconic Museum of Islamic Art in Doha are, left to right; Richard Oliver,
Qatar Airways Country Manager U.K. & Ireland; His Excellency Mr. Ajay Sharma, U.K Ambassador to Qatar; Paul Kehoe,
Chief Executive Officer of Birmingham Airport; Dr. Hugh Dunleavy, Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer; His Excellency
Mr. Hamad Al Muftah, Qatari Deputy Ambassador to the U.K. and Jonathan Harding, Qatar Airways Senior Vice President NSW Europe
Qatar Airways has today, Wednesday 30 March 2016, inaugurated the airline’s fourth United Kingdom
gateway with the start of direct flights between Doha and Birmingham connecting the city with more
than 150 destinations worldwide

The addition of Birmingham marks the fourth UK gateway for Qatar Airways after London Heathrow, Manchester
and Edinburgh, with the eight weekly services operated by a Boeing 787 "dreamliner" aircraft

The inaugural flight touched down at sunrise was greeted by a traditional water salute while Qatar Airways’ Chief
Commercial Officer Dr. Hugh Dunleavy, who travelled on board the inaugural flight with UK Ambassador to Qatar
Mr. Ajay Sharma, were greeted at the arrival gate by Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Kehoe

Qatar Airways' inaugural flight to Birmingham touched down at sunrise and was greeted by a traditional water salute
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: "We are delighted to commence
services to Birmingham, our fourth UK gateway. This vibrant and economically powerful region represents an
important addition to our worldwide network and is a testament to our commitment to the UK. Passengers now
have access to more than 150 global destinations, accessed via 73 flights per week from the UK, facilitated by
smooth transfers through our home and hub, Hamad International Airport, Doha"

Birmingham Airport Chief Executive, Paul Kehoe said: "We are extremely excited to be welcoming Qatar Airways
to Birmingham. Connecting the economically vibrant West Midlands region with the rapidly developing capital city
of Doha will be beneficial to passengers at both ends of the route. The large selection of onward connections
on Qatar’s network gives our travellers access to more of the most popular destinations around the world

Qatar Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, Dr. Hugh Dunleavy (right), who travelled on board the inaugural flight
from Doha was greeted on arrival by Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive, Paul Kehoe
The Birmingham route is operated by a Boeing 787 "dreamliner" in a two-cabin configuration, comprising of
22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats. All seats include individual television screens, with
Economy Class customers benefitting from a screen 10.6 inches wide, offering the latest inflight entertainment
comprised of up to 3,000 options, complimented by the airline’s award-winning service

Connections between countries such as Pakistan and Australia from Birmingham have never been easier
thanks to Qatar Airways. In Pakistan, the airline serves seven destinations including Karachi, Multan, Faisalabad,
Sialkot, Peshawar and Islamabad. From 2 March 2016 the airline commenced a new service to Sydney, Australia
and from 2 May 2016 Adelaide will also complement the existing Perth and Melbourne services

Qatar Airways weekly schedule from Wednesday 30 March 2016 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday:
Birmingham (BHX) to Doha (DOH) departure 08:55 arrival 17:35
Doha (DOH) to Birmingham (BHX) departure 01:30 arrival 06:50

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday:
Birmingham (BHX) to Doha (DOH) departure 16:20 arrival 01:00 (next day)
Doha (DOH) to Birmingham (BHX) departure 07:00 arrival 12:20

Wednesday 30 March 2016
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