Qatar Airways adds Langkawi to its air freight network
Oct 18, 2019: Qatar Airways operated its maiden flight to Langkawi, from Doha, yesterday. This becomes the airline’s third destination in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
The cargo division of the airline, Qatar Airways Cargo, is also set to benefit from the introduction of this new gateway. The cargo arm will offer up to 40 tonnes per week to and from Langkawi via Penang each week.
Qatar Airways Cargo already has a large presence in Malaysia, operating belly-hold flights to and from Kuala Lumpur that offer up to 300 tonnes per week with efficient connections to Europe, the Middle East and Africa via the carrier's hub in Doha.
Qatar Airways has decided to initially start with four-times weekly Langkawi tag services via Penang.
However, from October 27, 2019 onwards, the route will be served five-times weekly with its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
If you missed the touchdown of the first Qatar Airways flight to sunny Langkawi! Thanks team Langkawi Airport for capturing this momentous occasion. #MYairlinesstories @qatarairways pic.twitter.com/S3pCXyYe3K— Malaysia Airports (@MY_Airports) October 17, 2019
Qatar Airways began direct services to Kuala Lumpur in 2001, and launched its Penang service in 2018. In all, the airline currently provides more than 25 flights per week to Malaysia.
In October 2001, Qatar Airways announced its codeshare agreement with Malaysian Airlines, and this was expanded in 2018.
Akbar Al Baker, Group chief executive, Qatar Airways said: “Langkawi is both an important tourist destination and a growing conference and exhibition centre which is becoming increasingly popular with international visitors. This new gateway will offer our Malaysian passengers even more convenience and enhanced connectivity to an extensive choice of destinations on our global route network. We invite all our global passengers to experience the ‘Jewel of Kedah’, and we look forward to welcoming you all on board.”
Mohamed Sallauddin Mat Sah, general manager, Airline Marketing of Malaysia Airports said: “We take immense pleasure in welcoming Qatar Airways to Langkawi International Airport (LGK) who has been our airline partner at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport for the past 18 years. Early last year, Qatar Airways began flying direct to Penang International Airport from Doha. This new flight to LGK, which is an extended route via Penang, will definitely be a great addition to the international airlines operating at LGK.”
We celebrated the launch of our service to Langkawi with a press conference highlighting our expansion plans.— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) October 17, 2019
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