The state-owned Qatar Airways launched daily direct service from Doha to Kyiv Ukrainian capital. The new route will be served with an Airbus A320 aircraft.
Travelling on the inaugural Qatar Airways flight to Kyiv was Qatar Airways chief commercial officer, Ehab Amin, who was welcomed with a traditional airport arrival ceremony hosted by CEO of Kyiv Boryspil International Airport, Pavlo Riabikin, and attended by Qatar’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Jassim bin Rashid Al Khalifa. And in a press conference Ehab Amin highlighted the airline’s expansion plans.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker said, “We are delighted to launch direct service to Kyiv, a much-anticipated addition to our global network. This new route will connect businesses in Kyiv and across Ukraine to new business partners from around the globe, while also appealing to leisure travellers, offering them the opportunity to experience this charming city. Kyiv is just one of several new European destinations launched by Qatar Airways this summer, including Prague and Skopje, opening new gateways across Eastern Europe and linking these cities to our extensive global network of more than 150 destinations.”
Chief executive officer of Kyiv Boryspil International Airport, Pavlo Riabikin, said, “We are pleased to welcome the Qatar Airways inaugural flight here to Boryspil. We hope that this will mark the beginning of a long-term mutually beneficial partnership. Developing cooperation with the best airline companies in the world is a matter of fundamental importance for us. Yesterday’s arrival heralds a further step in qualitative development of the main airport of Ukraine.”
The new daily flights to Kyiv will provide over 10 tonnes of belly capacity each week, supporting the growing food product, pharmaceutical and civil aircraft industries in Ukraine. Through the airline’s expanding cargo network, Qatar Airways Cargo connects Ukraine to its trade partners in Middle East and Asia via an easy transit at cargo carrier’s Doha hub. The belly service is also complemented with a local trucking network to and from Kyiv airport.
Qatar Airways has a host of other exciting new destinations planned for the remainder of this year and 2018, including Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Francisco, U.S. and Santiago, Chile, to name just a few.