15 JULY 2019
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A fresh destination and a new engine deal have been keeping Qatar Airways busy, with the airline’s first passenger flight to Portugal (below) landing at Lisbon Airport to be greeted by a water-cannon salute.
Marking the next stage in Qatar Airways’ rapid expansion of its European network, the new daily direct services will be operated by Dreamliner with 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy.
Business Class includes lie-flat seats and 5-star “on-demand” dining, plus the Oryx One entertainment system.
Lisbon is the fourth new destination to be introduced by the airline this summer following Izmir and Rabat in May; Malta, Davao and Mogadishu this month and Langkawi for 15 October.
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways has signed multiple agreements with GE Aviation for GE engines after selecting the GEnx unit for its 30 new Boeing B787-9 Dreamliners and a TrueChoice Flight Hour agreement to cover their maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).
The carrier has also signed a TrueChoice agreement for MRO services on the GE9X engine fleet that will power 60 Boeing B777X aircraft. The agreements are valued at more than US$5bn.
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