Qatar Airways has announced that it will operate, from May 7, a third daily non-stop route from Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) to Bali Denpasar.
The new direct flight will operate with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
In a press statement, the Doha-based carrier said Bali has long been a popular destination for its passengers, with the airline offering its first direct service in 2014, later enhancing this to a twice daily frequency.
Prior to this, Qatar Airways served the destination via a touchdown in Singapore, but the “expanding global reach of the airline and significant growth in size of its fleet” have enabled the airline to now offer three daily direct non-stop flights, the statement notes.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar al-Baker said, “The start of triple-daily non-stop services from Doha to Bali Denpasar offers passengers from our global network even greater access to this popular leisure destination with smooth international transfers and a variety of times to suit their own schedules.
“We are delighted to confirm that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will operate the third frequency on this route, offering the very latest in design and comfort to passengers, complemented by our other wide-body aircraft, the Boeing 777 and Airbus A330.”
The route is currently operated by Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft on its existing double-daily offering.
Flying direct to and from Bali Denpasar, the Dreamliner has a two-cabin configuration, comprising 22 seats in Business Class and 232 in Economy with a “high standard of comfort on board”, including individual 10.5-inch television screens on all Economy Class seats and a full complimentary food and beverage service.
The airline has stressed that the additional flight is “certain to be popular” for those travelling from Qatar Airways' extensive route network in Europe, the Middle East and the US, with connecting times to Bali reduced with “one quick international transfer at HIA.
The airline currently holds the title of World’s Best Business Class as awarded by Skytrax in 2016, while its Doha hub - HIA - was also recently given five stars at the Skytrax World Airport Awards and ranked the Sixth Best Airport in the World.
The schedule of the new daily direct flight (May 7 to October 28) is as follows: QR964 departing Doha at 5.45pm and arriving in Bali Denpasar at 8.10am (+1), and QR965 departing Bali Denpasar at 9.30am and arriving in Doha at 2.05pm.
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