QA begins flying to South Africa

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, February 1:

Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has began its scheduled flights to South Africa by unveiling the world’s largest-ever moving billboard.

The skies above South Africa’s major cities of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town were lit up in a Five Star aerial light display across the evening sky on Friday to officially announce the arrival of the airlines. Five helicopters were used in each location to fly the ‘starry lights’ over the three cities, to highlight Qatar Airways services.

With Friday night’s spectacle, arguably the largest moving outdoor billboard in the world, heralded the launch of Qatar Airways’ scheduled flights between Doha and both Johannesburg and Cape Town. The airline operates four flights a week between Doha and both South African cities, using an Airbus A330-200 in a two-class configuration of 24 seats in business and 248 in economy. Speaking the launch of airlines operations in Johannesburg, Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker said he was delighted at the huge amount of interest shown by the South African public in Qatar Airways.

“Qatar Airways is spreading its award-winning Five Star service to a new market in South Africa to give passengers a taste of our excellent levels of service,” he said.

“There are strong economic ties between the Middle East and South Africa and we are only too pleased to facilitate travel between the two regions. We have developed a thriving business that has become increasingly noticed by rest of the aviation industry which can only watch and admire how we have matured in just a few years,” Al Baker added.

Qatar Airways was the first Middle East carrier to introduce first class seat-cum-flat beds and features a new state-of-the-art audio video on demand (AVOD) system for passengers traveling in first, business and economy class across its long-haul Airbus A330 fleet.