The first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Langkawi, Malaysia touched down at Langkawi International Airport on Tuesday October 15, 2019. To celebrate the launch of the popular new destination, an extra special flight was operated from Doha to Langkawi on Wednesday October 16, 2019, in which a number of VIPS, international media and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker were on board.
The special flight was greeted by a VIP celebratory ceremony at Langkawi International Airport which was attended by the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Malaysia, His Excellency Fahad Mohammed Kafoud; Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Malaysia in Qatar, Mohamad Shahir Sabarudin; Chief Operating Officer of Malaysia Airport Holding Berhad, Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh; Chief Executive Officer, Langkawi Development Authority Dr. Hezri Adnan; and Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Marwan Koleilat, as well as senior airport officials.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker said, “I am thrilled to have been on today’s special flight to Langkawi and to be here celebrating our arrival to this stunning archipelago. Langkawi marks the eighth new destination added to Qatar Airways’ rapidly expanding network in 2019. With its forested hills, stunning white sand beaches and glimmering turquoise waters, Langkawi is fast becoming one of South East Asia’s most highly sought after destinations and the reason why we knew we had to launch our flights here. Beginning with a four-times-weekly service that will grow to five-times-weekly from October 27, 2019, we look forward to welcoming business and leisure travellers alike on board so that they may experience the ‘Jewel of Kedah’.”
Chief Operating Officer of Malaysia Airports, Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh said, “I would like to welcome Qatar Airways to Langkawi International Airport, the first middle eastern airline to fly to this beautiful island. The inclusion of a new international airline to Langkawi will definitely spur our Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign by increasing the number of tourists into Langkawi.”
The new service to Langkawi will be operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring 22 seats in business class and 232 seats in economy class, with spacious cabins and specially designed interiors. As well as enjoying the award-winning in-flight service on board, passengers travelling to Langkawi will also have access to Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system, offering the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more.
The National Carrier of the State of Qatar has launched a host of exciting new destinations in 2019, including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Davao, Philippines; Izmir, Turkey; and Mogadishu, Somalia; and will add Gaborone, Botswana to its extensive network in December 2019 with Luanda, Angola; and Osaka, Japan, following in 2020.
A multiple award winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘Airline of the Year’ for the fifth time by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organization Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business Class,’ ‘Best Business Class Seat,’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide.