Qatar Airways has announced an aircraft upgrade on the Doha-Geneva route from July 1, becoming the airline’s second Dreamliner service to Switzerland after Zürich.
The route is currently operated by an Airbus A320 with 132 seats, and the switch to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will almost double the capacity on the direct daily service to 254 seats.
The introduction of the 787 Dreamliner will further enhance the onboard experience for passengers between the two cities, in addition to increasing capacity to 80 tonnes of cargo per week carried to and from Geneva, the airline said in a statement.
“Qatar Airways is delighted that the high level of demand for travel to Geneva from our worldwide network warrants a higher-capacity aircraft equipped with our award-winning on-board premium product, which will be introduced on the route,” said Akbar al-Baker, Qatar Airways Group chief executive. “The Boeing 787 Dreamliner represents one of the most modern aircraft in the skies and we look forward to welcoming passengers on board.”
Passengers travelling to Geneva from any of Qatar Airways’ 150-plus destinations benefit from a “smooth and efficient transfer” at Qatar Airways’ home and hub, Hamad International Airport, the statement added.
The airport houses the Al Mourjan Business Lounge and offers more than 40,000sqm of retail space and restaurants, in addition to an airside hotel, a spa and a swimming pool.
The Dreamliner “combines the latest in aeronautic engineering with refined on-board hospitality in a spacious and light environment”. Business class is configured in a 1-2-1 set-up with 22 seats, while economy has a 232 seating capacity in a 3-3-3 layout.
Since January 2013, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has operated the daily Doha-Zürich flight and Qatar Airways was the first airline to introduce this aircraft type to the Swiss market, the statement said.