6 MAY 2013
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Qatar Airways has quickly followed Ethiopian Airlines (see BTN 29 April) in putting its 787s back into service after the worldwide grounding of the aircraft in January.
Initially the airline will use the aircraft on regional routes before resuming daily services to Heathrow on 15 May.
On 1 May Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker was the first passenger to board the airline’s 787 on a flight to Dubai, joined by President Boeing Middle East Jeffrey Johnson, Boeing’s Deputy Fleet Chief David Silver and guests.
Mr Al Baker was delighted: “I always said I would be the first to fly on Qatar Airways’ 787 once it returned to service, and I’m thrilled that our Dreamliner fleet is back in the skies, providing our passengers with an unparalleled level of service and comfort”, he said.
“Throughout the grounding of our fleet we have worked closely with Boeing to monitor the situation and work towards getting our fleet up and running again.
“Safety has always been the number one priority for Qatar Airways and I have full confidence in the safety and security of this aircraft”.
Over the next period Qatar Airways launches new routes to Salalah (Oman) (22 May); Basra (Iraq) (3 June); Sulaymaniyah (Iraq) (20 August); and Chengdu (China) (3 September). www.qatarairways.com
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