Qatar Airways’ Inaugural Direct Flight to Penang Touches Down
Award-winning Qatar Airways Inaugural Direct Flight to Penang signals its robust expansion to Malaysia and throughout South East Asia. This is the airline’s second destination in Malaysia in response to strong leisure and business demands.
Qatar Airways flight QR 850, operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, touched down at Penang International Airport at 2.30pm The Qatar delegation, led by its chief commercial officer Ehab Amin was accompanied by Malaysian Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin.
Also present were Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali and Penang Global Tourism (PGT) chief executive officer, Ooi Chok Yan.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker said the addition of Penang to our global network comes as part of our continued expansion plans throughout Eastern Asia.
“The addition of Penang to our global network comes as part of our continued expansion plans throughout Eastern Asia. We have launched direct services to Chiang Mai and Pattaya. There will be additional flights to Krabi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi,” he added.
Qatar Airways will fly three times a week to Penang with its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which features 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class, with spacious cabins and specially-designed interiors.
Qatar Airways will increase the Penang route frequency to four times weekly effective July 1. Currently, the flights are on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The flight takes 12 hours and 30 minutes for each journey.
Qatar Airway’s Kuala Lumpur service started back in 2001. It has since grown to a triple-daily direct non-stop service to and from Doha.
Doha (DOH) to Penang (PEN) QR850 departs 02:30 arrives 14:30
Penang (PEN) to Doha (DOH) QR851 departs 20:30 arrives 23:20
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