Qatar Airways, the Airline of the Year as awarded by the Skytrax 2017 World Airline Awards, announced on the 21st June 2017 its further commitment to Ireland by partnering with The Curragh following the inaugural Dublin-Doha flight on 12 June 2017. The airline’s entry into the Irish market strengthens Irish and Qatari business relationships as well as connecting Irish passengers to more than 150 destinations worldwide.
Through the Irish and Qatari affinity for horses, Qatar Airways is now drawing together the cultural heritage of both nations. Qatar Airways was also recently announced as official airline partner of the 2017 Dublin Horse Show, further establishing strong relations with the Irish equestrian industry and business networks.
The launch of the new Dublin-Doha route provides Irish passengers with the first ever direct Dublin-Doha service, providing easier access to the Middle East, Asia and Australia, with seamless connections to Sydney, Hong Kong, Melbourne and many more attractive global destinations. Irish passengers will experience Qatar Airways’ renowned on-board service and have the opportunity to enjoy the airline’s relaunched superior entertainment system offering up to 3,000 entertainment options.
Commenting on the announcement, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “The Qatar Airways team is working hard to establish and develop our relationships within the Irish community. We are delighted to enter the Irish market and expand our global network of more than 150 destinations with the addition of the great city of Dublin. Given the Irish people’s passion for travel, we believe this new route will be very successful and will inspire even greater communication and trade between both Irish and Qatari travellers.
“Qatar Airways partnership with The Curragh today is a great example of this. As such an established and world renowned equestrian organisation, this is a great opportunity to connect the Irish and Qatari communities and we are delighted to be announcing this new development.”
Dublin is a hub for more than 1,000 leading multi-national companies and the daily non-stop service will connect both business and leisure travellers to the airline’s extensive network. Qatar Airways will operate its daily Dublin service with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which has a two-class configuration including 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.
Evan Arkwright, Commercial Manager of The Curragh, commented: “The Curragh is delighted to have the opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading airlines at a very important time for the racecourse to develop key partnerships with premium global brands.”
A Qatar-themed race day takes place on 20 August and will include the inaugural Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Curragh Stakes. The Group 2 Qatar Airways Sapphire stakes will take place on 15 July with total prize of €120,000.
Dublin-Doha flights are available for booking at www.qatarairways.com
The daily flights will operate as below:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Doha—Dublin DEPARTS: 07:45 | ARRIVES: 13:20
Dublin—Doha DEPARTS: 15:25 | ARRIVES: 00:30+1
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Doha—Dublin DEPARTS: 01:50 | ARRIVES: 07:25
Dublin—Doha DEPARTS: 08:50 | ARRIVES: 17:55