Qatar Airways Ups US Offering With Over 100 Weekly Flights

Qatar Airways is increasing its US services as summer travel continues to grow. The carrier will now offer…

Qatar Airways Ups US Offering With Over 100 Weekly Flights

Qatar Airways is increasing its US services as summer travel continues to grow. The carrier will now offer 100 weekly flights from its 12 destinations in the country, including two launched in the last year alone. Let’s find out more about Qatar Airways’ ramped-up US schedule.

Qatar Airways is making the most of every passenger and cargo opportunity in the US with the new schedule. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Upping

In a statement today, Qatar Airways announced that it is once again increasing its US presence this summer. Four routes will see two daily flights, one will increase to 12 times a week, and five more will see daily services. In total, Qatar will be flying a massive 100 weekly departures from the US alone.

Here’s a summary of the current network:

  • Twice daily: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
  • 12 x weekly: Dallas-Ft. Worth
  • Daily: San Francisco, Boston, Miami, Philidelphia, and Seattle
Qatar Airbus A350
While most airlines axed US routes during the pandemic, Qatar Airways has gone in the other direction. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

The only two destinations not seeing increases are Atlanta and Houston. Flights to Atlanta only restarted at the start of June, officially restoring Qatar’s entire US network. Simple Flying had the chance to attend the resumption celebrations of the route earlier this month. Meanwhile, Houston continues to see a daily service from Doha, after increasing from four times weekly last year.

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Opportunities

The increased frequencies offer Qatar a dual benefit. As more passengers look to begin traveling internationally again, the airline will be able to capture both outbound and inbound demand to the country. Moreover, with holiday destinations like the Maldives, Phuket, and Seychelles all welcoming tourists, Qatar is positioning itself as the go-to carrier for connectivity.

Qatar Airways is also looking to continue growing its cargo business. As the world’s largest cargo operator, the US is a key market for goods from around the world. These increased frequencies mean that the airline will be able to carry even more freight in the coming months, as cargo demand shows little signs of lapsing.

Qatar Airways Cargo
Qatar Airways also flies a cargo-only route to Pittsburgh. Photo: Qatar Airways

However, this another reason for this increase: partnerships. Oneworld alliance members American and newly-minted Alaska Airlines, along with codeshare partner JetBlue, all offer Qatar the opportunity to grow its US connectivity. In total, Qatar Airways now offers tickets to a whopping 230 US cities, the most of any global carrier.

Keeping busy

As aviation emerges from its worst year on record, Qatar Airways is continuing its ambitious expansion. The airline has announced four new routes to Africa in the last two months alone, as it seeks out more cargo and passenger traffic.

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Once the pandemic ends, Qatar could find itself in a dominant new position in the US. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

While load factors might be low on many of these flights due to travel restrictions, it will place Qatar at pole position for an eventual full recovery of the international market. For now, keep an eye out as Qatar Airways continues to grow its presence globally.

What do you think about Qatar’s increased flights to the US? Let us know in the comments!

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Edelweiss Resumes 2 Hour Airbus A340 Flights To Pristina

Edelweiss Air, the leisure airline of Lufthansa Group’s Swiss International Air Lines, is resuming widebody services to Kosovo…

Edelweiss Resumes 2 Hour Airbus A340 Flights To Pristina

Edelweiss Air, the leisure airline of Lufthansa Group’s Swiss International Air Lines, is resuming widebody services to Kosovo this summer. The Airbus A340 aircraft will make a comeback on the Zurich-Pristina route three times weekly in July and August as a capacity upgrade for the A320.

Airbus A340 aircraft will come back to Kosovo this summer. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia

Two-hour A340 flights from Zurich to Pristina to return

Swiss International Airlines is responding to high demand between Switzerland and Kosovo again by re-introducing widebody flights on its Zurich-Pristina route through its leisure airline, Edelweiss Air.

Edelweiss will operate its Airbus A340-300 between early July and late August this summer every Monday, Thursday, and Friday for this two-hour flight.

This three-weekly scheduling of the A340 on the route is a relatively low frequency; last summer Edelweiss operated widebodies from Zurich to Pristina as much as twice daily during the peak summer months. It is likely that the A340 will make an appearance in Kosovo more often than it is currently scheduled to.

Edelweiss’ Airbus A340 aircraft feature 314 seats in total, of which 27 are in Business Class, 75 are in Economy Max, and 211 are in standard Economy. Its Business Class seats are lie flat, and its Economy Max class offers 15 centimeters (five inches) more legroom than standard Economy.

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Edelweiss’ Airbus A340 aircraft have been landing in Pristina for years now. Photo: Getty images

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Flight timings

The Airbus A340 will be deployed on this two-hour flight as follows:

  • Flight WK402/LX8402 departing Zurich (ZRH) for Pristina (PRN) at 06:25, arriving at 08:25 on Mondays and Thursdays, and five minutes earlier on Fridays
  • Flight LX8403 is the sole code for the return service, departing PRN at 09:55 and arriving in ZRH at 11:55 on Mondays and Thursdays, and five minutes earlier on Fridays.

On Saturdays, Edelweiss is deploying its own Airbus A320 aircraft for this rotation. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays, SWISS is sending its own metal. There is also a second daily rotation on this route, in the evenings, every day, but no wide-body aircraft are scheduled to operate it (yet).

SWISS A320
SWISS and Edelweiss will both deploy Airbus A320 aircraft between Zurich and Pristina. Photo: SWISS

Tickets for the outbound flight, from Zurich to Pristina, are on sale on SWISS’ and Edelweiss’ website, but tickets for the return leg from Pristina to Zurich are only on sale on SWISS’ website. It is standard practice for airlines operating in Kosovo to sell their tickets through tour operators and independent travel agents. This is also the case for Eurowings, which has a base in Pristina.

This means that a passenger traveling on this Edelweiss flight from Pristina to Zurich on Sundays will purchase their flights on the SWISS website, fly on a SWISS aircraft with SWISS’ crew, and even have a SWISS flight code printed on their ticket, but it will still be an Edelweiss flight.

Will you be flying on Edelweiss’s two-hour Airbus A340 services to Pristina this summer? Let us know what you think of this story in the comments below.

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