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Qatar Airways is celebrating the launch of scheduled services to Adana following the arrival of its inaugural flight from Doha to Turkey's fifth-largest city. Flight QR438 touched down at Adana Airport at 11:25, where a welcome ceremony attended by airport and government officials, together with local dignitaries took place.
Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Ehab Amin, led a high-profile delegation on the inaugural direct flight from the airline's five-star hub, Hamad International Airport, Doha, and was greeted by Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Turkey, Salem bin Mubarak Al Shafi; Governor of Adana, Mahmut Demirtaş; Assistant Governor of Adana, Mustafa Yavuz; State Airports Authority Adana Airport Chief Manager, Ahmet Bülbül as well as other VIPs and government officials.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: 'We are delighted to launch our first direct service to Adana, a much-anticipated addition to our expanding global network. Turkey remains one of our key target areas for growth and we have identified Adana as an important Turkish destination to include in our expedited expansion plans.
Ehab Amin said: 'With the launch of this new service, we look forward to strengthening our ties with Turkey even further, and are delighted to be able to connect even more Turkish citizens to more than 150 global destinations via our five-star hub in Doha.
Adana Airport Chief Manager Ahmet Bülbül said: 'We are thrilled to welcome Qatar Airways flights to Adana, connecting passengers to destinations all over the world and enabling us to welcome the world to Adana. The State Airports Authority and Adana Airport Chief Management give Qatar Airways our full support and together we look forward to a successful future.
Adana, located at the crossroads of Anatolia and the Middle East, is one of the most populous cities in Turkey. Qatar Airways has successfully operated service to Turkey for 13 years. The airline began services to Istanbul Ataturk International Airport in 2004, marking Qatar Airways' first destination in Turkey. Since then, due to tremendous passenger demand, the airline has been steadily increasing its number of flights to the country.
The airline operates three daily flights between Doha and Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport, 10 weekly flights between Doha and Istanbul Ataturk International Airport and daily flights between Doha and Ankara. Qatar Airways will operate three times weekly to Adana, bringing the total number of flights operated by the airline to Turkey to 41 per week.
The Doha-Adana route is operated by an Airbus A320, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class. The introduction of three weekly belly-hold flights to Adana will provide efficient connections for garment and textile businesses in the city to the Middle East, Asia and India via Qatar Airways Cargo's state-of-the-art Doha hub. Qatar Airways Cargo currently offers twice weekly Airbus A330 freighters to Istanbul and 38 weekly belly-hold flights to airports in Istanbul and Ankara. With the new addition of Doha-Adana-Doha route, the cargo carrier aims to increase its market share in Turkey.
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