(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Qatar Airways will upgrade its service between Doha and Mozambique's capital of Maputo to non-stop B787 Dreamliner three times weekly starting March 27.
The airline currently serves the Doha € Maputo route three times a week via South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg.
With the start of the new non-stop service to Maputo International Airport, passengers from Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia Pacific can now take advantage of a seamless one-stop connection to Mozambique's capital city via Doha, saving approximately five hours per direction from prior itineraries.
Travelers from Mozambique will have more convenient options to more than 150 destinations around the world, including popular destinations like Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Karachi, Mumbai, Delhi and Dubai.
Qatar Airways launched scheduled flights in October 2012 to Maputo, Mozambique's cultural, political and commercial center. With today's announcement to de-link flights from Johannesburg, Qatar Airways' Maputo route will become a dedicated non-stop service between Qatar and Mozambique operated on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said the announcement is a significant vote of confidence in the Mozambican travel market. "Three years ago, Qatar Airways began flights to Maputo via Johannesburg, and over that time we have seen a consistent increase in demand resulting in today's announcement, making our Maputo-Doha flights non-stop.
We are very pleased that we will now be able to provide leisure and business passengers shorter, more convenient flights when travelling between Doha and Maputo." The airline will serve Maputo directly with its state-of-the-art B787 Dreamliner aircraft, offering a consistent product to all destinations served in South Africa € Johannesburg and Cape Town, in addition to Durban which launched on December 17.
Qatar Airways continues its remarkable network expansion with the addition of Los Angeles on January 1, and the planned launch of seven additional destinations in 2016, namely: Adelaide, Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Ras Al Khaimah, Sydney, and Yerevan.