Qatar Airways is widening its reach in the US by announcing its seventh US gateway to Dallas/Fort Worth. The airlines will offer its first non-stop service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport from Doha International airport from July 1, 2014.
Flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Doha will be served using a 259-seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft. It is fitted with 44 lie-flat seats in business class in a 2-2-2 layout and 217 economy class seats in a 3-3-3 layout.
DFW forms the second destination in Texas to be served by the airline. It currently offers direct daily service to Houston from Doha since 2009. Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, New York and Washington DC are the other five destinations where the airline is currently operating.
Flights on the route will depart from Doha at 8.10 am and arrive in Dallas/Fort Worth at 4.15 pm; return flight will leave Dallas/Fort Worth at 7.35pm and arrive in Doha at 6.20pm the next day.
Emirates, one of the competitors of Qatar also offers daily service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Dubai since February 2012. Etihad Airways, the other competitor of Qatar will also provide service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Abu Dhabi from December 3, 2014.
The three competitors are using or will be using Boeing 777-200 aircrafts to serve Dallas. Though, Emirates will upgrade its Boeing fleet to 489-seat Airbus A380 aircrafts from October 1, 2014. This means that by year end Emirates will provide a total of 3,432 seats per week, Qatar 1,813 seats and Etihad 711 seats to the D/FW market. With the whooping 5,947 seats every week from three Middle East hubs to DFW passengers will now have umpteen options to choose from.
Qatar Airways is the national airline of Qatar and is serving passengers from 1994. It currently provides flights to 125 international destinations using more than 100 aircrafts. Qatar is a member of Oneworld airline alliance from October 2013.