Qatar Airways to launch direct flights to Botswana capital
July 17 2019 09:25 PM
QA Airbus A350-900
The flights will be operated by an Airbus A350-900 aircraft

Qatar Airways has announced the launch of its new service to Gaborone, Botswana, from October 27.  The capital and largest city of Botswana will be the airline’s first destination in the African country.
The three-times-a-week flights will be operated by an Airbus A350-900 aircraft, featuring 36 seats in Business Class and 247 seats in Economy, the airline has said in a statement.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive HE Akbar al-Baker said, “We are excited to be launching three-weekly flights to Gaborone, another highly sought-after destination in Africa. Qatar Airways is committed to growing our presence in Africa and adding to the 22 destinations in 15 countries we already offer. Our new service to the enchanting city of Gaborone will enable us to provide a seamless journey to and from Botswana, for passengers connecting from our extensive network of more than 160 destinations worldwide.”
Gaborone is the capital and largest city in Botswana, a landlocked country in southern Africa, bounded by Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The nation’s vast nature and wildlife have made it a renowned destination for adventurous tourists from across the globe.
Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport, to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The airline has recently launched an array of new destinations, namely Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; and Mogadishu, Somalia. 
The airline will add Langkawi, Malaysia, to its route network in October.
Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ at the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its Business Class experience, Qsuite. 
Qatar Airways is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted Skytrax Airline of the Year title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times, the statement adds.

The flight schedule is as follows (Sunday, Wednesday, Friday):

* Doha-Johannesburg: QR1377 departing Doha at 6.55am and arriving in Johannesburg at 2.50pm, and Johannesburg-Gaborone: QR1377 departing Johannesburg at 3.55pm and arriving in Gaborone at 4.50pm.
* Gaborone-Johannesburg: QR1378 departing Gaborone at 6.35pm and arriving at Johannesburg at 7.30pm, and Johannesburg-Doha: QR1378 departing Johannesburg at 8.40pm and arriving in Doha at 6.35am (+1).

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