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Qatar Airways (QA) on Monday added Armenia to its global route map and commenced four times weekly service between Doha and Yerevan.
The inaugural flight touched down in the early hours and was greeted by a traditional water salute.
Qatar Airways' Chief Commercial Officer Dr Hugh Dunleavy, who travelled onboard the inaugural flight with Armenia's Ambassador to Qatar HE Gegham Gharibjanian were greeted at the arrival gate by Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport Deputy General Manager Andranik Shkhyan.
Yerevan is the cultural, political and industrial capital of Armenia and offers business and leisure passengers a rich and diverse experience. With a city backdrop of the snow-capped Caucasus mountain range and situated on the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is one of the world's oldest cities.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar al Baker said:"We are delighted to commence service to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. As we expand our global network, it is crucial that we connect economically important and powerful regions such as Armenia to our worldwide route offering, in particular those travelling on our latest US route additions of Boston, Los Angeles and soon to be launched Atlanta. Business and leisure passengers from around the world can now connect seamlessly to Armenia through our hub, Hamad International Airport."
The airline will fly the Airbus A320 direct to and from Yerevan on the four-weekly schedule, featuring a two-class cabin configuration comprising of 12 seats in business slass and 132 economy class seats. The new service will add a total of 48 tonnes of belly-hold capacity weekly on the A320 aircraft, delivering freight between Yerevan and Doha and onwards to Qatar Airways Cargo's global network.
Passengers flying from Yerevan and onwards to any of more than 150 destinations on Qatar Airways will enjoy a quick and convenient transfer at the Hamad International Airport. It offers more than 100 retail and dining options and services such as a swimming pool, hotel and spa, designed for those in transit.