Saturday, 10 February 2018

(The Star) A huge boost for tourism

Qatar Airways’ first non-stop flight to Penang touched down at the Penang International Airport (PIA) in Bayan Lepas, thus inaugurating the award-winning airline’s second destination in Malaysia.

Qatar Airways flight QR 850, operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner departed Hamad International Airport on Tuesday at 2.30am and arrived at PIA at 2.30pm the same day.

The delegation was led by Qatar Airways chief commercial officer Ehab Amin, and was accompanied by His Excellency Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, the Malaysian Ambassador to the State of Qatar.

The VIP delegation was greeted in Penang by His Excellency Essa Mohamed Al-Mannai, Qatari Ambassador to Malaysia, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali and Penang Global Tourism chief executive officer Ooi Chok Yan.

Passengers making their way out of the airport.

“Our Kuala Lumpur service started in 2001 and it has since grown to a triple-daily direct non-stop service to and from Doha.

“We are tremendously pleased to be able to offer our passengers another exciting destination to experience in this beautiful country.

“The addition of Penang to our global network comes as part of our continued expansion plans throughout Eastern Asia, as we have recently launched direct services to Thailand’s Chiang Mai and Pattaya as well as adding additional services to Krabi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi,” he said.

Lim said Penang was very proud to be chosen by the airline that operates flights to more than 150 business and leisure destinations.

At a press conference later, Ehab announced the Penang route will be boosted to a four-times-weekly frequency effective July 1 this year.

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 seamlessly connects passengers from Malaysia to more than 150 destinations across six continents via its award-winning Hamad International Airport.