Qatar Airways’ maiden flight to Langkawi on Oct 15

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QATAR Airways’ maiden flight to Langkawi, which is part of the airline’s expansion into South-East Asia, is expected to take place on Oct 15.

Qatar Airways group CEO Akbar Al Baker said Langkawi is the airline’s third destination in Malaysia after Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

He said Qatar Airways will initially start with four times weekly Langkawi tag services via Penang with an increase of up to five times weekly services from Oct 27, 2019, on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The Langkawi flight offers 22 seats in business class and 232 seats in economy class with spacious cabins and specially-designed interiors.

“Langkawi is one of the most highly sought-after destinations in Malaysia and I am certain our flights will help increase accessibility and boost inbound tourism to this beautiful archipelago.

“With five weekly flights to Langkawi, our service offers a gateway for passengers to travel and experience Langkawi’s magnificent offerings,” he said in a recent press conference in Kuala Lumpur.

He added that the airline aims to offer greater connectivity for passengers travelling from Malaysia to its extensive global network of over 160 destinations.

“Our new flights reflect our commitment to growing our presence, not just in Malaysia, but in Asia as well,” he said.

Also present at the press conference was Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, who said the flights would lead to greater opportunities, not only for Malaysia’s burgeoning tourism industry, but for Kedah as well.

“Qatar Airways’ service to Langkawi will soon bring the world right to the doorstep of the island, allowing them to experience the Langkawi Unesco Global Geopark in all its majesty,” he said.

Qatar Airways currently connects passengers from Malaysia to more than 160 destinations across six continents via the Hamad International Airport in Doha.

The national carrier of the state of Qatar launched a host of new destinations in 2019 — including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Davao, the Philippines; Izmir, Turkey; and Mogadishu, Somalia — and will add Gaborone, Botswana, to its extensive network in October 2019.

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 organisation Skytrax.

It also bagged awards for “World’s Best Business Class”, “Best Business Class Seat”, and “Best Airline in the Middle East”.