Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, landed in Dublin on the 6th July 2017  to host a gala dinner and press conference celebrating the airline’s new direct service between Dublin and Doha. H.E. Mr. Al Baker was welcomed at the airport by Dublin Airport Chief Executive, Mr. Kevin Toland; Dublin Airport Managing Director, Mr. Vincent Harrison and Sheikh Salman bin Jassim Al-Thani from the Qatari embassy in London .

The celebrations kicked off with a glamorous gala dinner at the InterContinental Dublin attended by VIPs and celebrities such as presenter and entrepreneur Kathryn Thomas, Irish rugby star Rob Kearney and models Holly Carpenter and Roz Purcell. The stylish crowd enjoyed an energetic performance from the dancers of Riverdance and an electric show from Ronan Keating who had the whole audience up on its feet dancing to some of his most popular hits.

On the 6th July 2017, H.E. Mr. Al Baker hosted a crowded press conference at the InterContinental Dublin for Irish and international media from Australia and Qatar who were keen to hear the latest plans for the airline. During the conference H.E. Mr. Al Baker confirmed that Qatar Airways is committed to bringing more visitors to Dublin, boosting tourism to the already popular Irish capital and its neighbouring cities. The new route will also give the people of Ireland the opportunity to connect to more than 150 destinations on the airline’s global network via its hub in Doha, Hamad International Airport.

H.E. Mr. Al Baker, said: “Dublin has long been on our list of destinations to add to our route map, and I am proud that we are here today to celebrate this important milestone in the history of our airline. We are here to serve the people of Ireland with a world-class service connecting them to business and leisure destinations on our global network. “It is also our pleasure to promote Ireland as a tourism destination to our loyal passengers who have already shown their appetite for Dublin.”

Dublin Airport Chief Executive, Mr. Kevin Toland, who joined the press conference in Dublin, said: “We want to express our warmest welcome to Qatar Airways and its new daily route between Dublin and Doha. We welcome tourists from Doha and beyond to enjoy Ireland’s traditions and lively culture. “There are many great reasons to take a break in Dublin which is a wonderful, vibrant and exciting city.  Visitors can explore the city’s exceptional museums, take a cycle around town on the city bikes, or take a walk on cobbled roads.  A stunning countryside of mountains, lakes and quaint villages are a short trip away from Dublin for everyone to enjoy.”

Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the history of aviation, will continue to expand its global network in 2017 and 2018, giving Irish passengers and expats living in Dublin the opportunity to travel seamlessly to more than 150 destinations. An additional 26 new destinations will be launched in 2017 and 2018 including Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Accra, Ghana; Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; and Mombasa, Kenya.

The new direct flights to Dublin will also provide Qatar Airways Cargo’s customers 80 tonnes of belly-hold capacity each week. Temperature-controlled products are the major exports out of Ireland and the cargo carrier is proficient in supporting the air logistics through its specialist solutions QR Pharma, for pharmaceuticals and QR Fresh, for perishables. Customers are offered a seamless cool chain transfer for their temperature-sensitive products via the state-of-the-art and fully automated hub in Doha. Its facility at Hamad International Airport is wholly compliant with both, IATA Chapter 17 standards and Good Distribution Practice (GDP).

Qatar Airways has already made an impact in Ireland with its new service flying at almost full capacity in the last few weeks since its launch. The airline has also made its presence in the market felt with key sponsorships at exciting events around the city including the Dublin Horse Show and the Darley Irish Oaks Day at the Curragh Racetrack.

Dublin – Doha Flight Schedules:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sundays

Doha (DOH) to Dublin (DUB) QR017 departs: 07:45 arrives: 13:20

Dublin (DUB) to Doha (DOH) to QR018 departs: 15:25 arrives: 00:30

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Doha (DOH) to Dublin (DUB) QR019 departs: 01:50 arrives: 07:25

Dublin (DUB) to Doha (DOH) to QR020 departs: 08:50 arrives: 17:55

 Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fast growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including Dublin, Nice , Skopje, Sarajevo and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 199 aircraft.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World’s Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways sponsors world-leading sports teams including FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 199 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.