Posted on June 30, 2011

Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, has embarked on the latest journey of its remarkable expansion by entering the Canadian market for the first time. Newly-crowned Airline of the Year 2011, the award-winning carrier touched down at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport following its 13-hour non-stop journey from the Qatari capital Doha.

Akbar Al Baker addresses more than 100 guests at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Leading the delegation of VIPs and international media from Qatar, Dubai and India was Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, who hailed the newest route as a key moment in the airline’s ever-expanding route map. Montreal becomes the eighth of 15 route launches by Qatar Airways this year and the airline’s fourth North American gateway, with New York, Washington DC and Houston already featuring in its burgeoning international route map.

Guests at the arrival reception in Montreal included City Mayor Gerald Tremblay; Quebec Transport Minister Sam Hamad; Qatar’s Ambassador to Canada His Excellency Salem Al Shafi; Canadian Charge d’Affairs to Qatar, Gary Luton; and Aeroports de Montreal CEO James Cherry.

from left: Quebec Transport Minister Sam Hamad; Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker; and Montreal City Mayor, Gerald Tremblay

"Qatar is a global player in a number of industries, including oil and gas, a sector which both my country and Canada share a common bond. I am also delighted to say we have brought our award-winning service to your city just a week after Qatar Airways was honoured to be named Airline of the Year 2011 at the annual Skytrax airline awards held during the Paris Air Show.”

Added Al Baker: “Qatar Airways is a truly global airline, strategically well positioned to take business and leisure passengers between East and West seamlessly via our transit hub in Doha. Travelling to far away destinations such as Delhi, Mumbai, Seychelles, Bangkok, Singapore, Maldives, Dhaka or Tehran has never been easier for the Canadian public to access, now that we have begun these new flights.”

Aéroports de Montréal President and CEO James Cherry said: “The entire team at Aéroports de Montréal is delighted by the arrival of a carrier as prestigious as Qatar Airways and the addition of such a major destination as Doha, with connections to some one hundred other cities, including eleven in India alone. The arrival of Qatar reinforces our vision for Montréal–Trudeau, which is to accentuate the airport’s role as a hub for travel between North America and Eurasia.”

Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay, expressing delight at the latest airline to arrive in the city, said: “We are pleased and proud that Qatar Airways has chosen Montreal for its very first direct connection with Canada. From now on it will be easier for residents of our two cities to foster exchanges and promote all kinds of new collaborations.”

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is pictured third left with dignitaries from left, including Aeroports de Montreal President and CEO James Cherry; Quebec Transport Minister Sam Hamad; Montreal City Mayor, Gerald Tremblay; Qatar’s Ambassador to Canada, His Excellency Salem Al Shafi; and Canadian Charge d’Affairs to Qatar, Gary Luton (extreme right)

And Quebec Transport Minister Sam Hamad said: “It’s an honour for Quebec to now be part of Qatar Airways’ destinations. The arrival of this prestigious five-star airline, combined with the dynamism of the Montreal area, will encourage profitable exchanges in all activity sectors for the citizens of both countries and the surrounding countries.”

Qatar Airways is operating its flagship Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft on the route, configured with 42 seats in Business Class and 217 seats in Economy. Each seat offers a fully interactive audio and video entertainment system with more than 900 programming options to choose from.

Montreal – Canada’s second largest city – in the province of Quebec, is a bilingual metropolis and the second biggest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. A world-renowned city, Montreal is famed for its jazz festivals, universities and is home to the Cirque du Soleil acrobatic shows.

Apart from Montreal, Qatar Airways has added seven destinations to its international map this year – Bucharest, Budapest, Brussels, Stuttgart, Aleppo, Shiraz  and Venice – and is gearing up for more route expansion with a further seven cities being inducted by the end of 2011.

Qatar Airways’ June – November 2011 route expansion highlights are:

New Routes:

  • SHIRAZ, Iran: June 5                        Twice-weekly flights – carrier’s third destination in Iran
  • VENICE, Italy: June 15                     Daily non-stop flights take Italian network up to three cities
  • MONTREAL, Canada: June 29        Debut in Canada with introduction of thrice-weekly flights
  • MEDINA, Saudi Arabia: July 14        4-flights-a-week – airline’s fourth Saudi Arabian gateway
  • KOLKATA, India: July 27                  Daily flights take airline’s Indian network up to 12 destinations
  • SOFIA, Bulgaria: September 14:       4-flights-a-week strengthen Eastern European presence
  • OSLO, Norway: October 5:               5-flights-a-week – airline’s third Scandinavian route
  • ENTEBBE, Uganda: November 2:      Daily non-stop flights
  • BAKU, Azerbaijan: November 30:      Daily non-stop flights
  • TBILISI, Georgia, November 30:         Daily via Baku

 

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 98 aircraft to over 100 diverse business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

The DOHA – MONTREAL schedules with effect from June 29:

Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

Depart Doha               QR927 at 0830 hrs, arrive Montreal 1450 hrs

Depart Montreal          QR928 at 2315 hrs, arrive Doha 1840 hrs next day

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