From Qatar’s press release:
Baghdad, IRAQ â€“ Qatar Airways has in the span of just two weeks expanded passenger services to Iraq with the launch of its second destination in the country â€“ to the capital Baghdad.
The Doha-based airline is operating four-flights-a-week non-stop on the Baghdad route. Located on the banks of the Tigris River, Iraqâ€™s capital is one of the Arab worldâ€™s largest cities.
The move comes just two weeks after Qatar Airways launched flights, also four-times-a-week, to the northern Iraqi city of Erbil.
Cargo traffic bound for Iraq will see a boost when Qatar Airways launches a dedicated weekly freighter service to Erbil, effective July 5.
Both the Erbil and Baghdad passenger services are being operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy.
Qatar Airways Senior Vice-President GCC, Levant, Iran, Iraq and Indian Sub continent Fathi Al Shehab was onboard inaugural flight QR442 to Baghdad, which arrived at the cityâ€™s international airport to a traditional water salute welcome followed by an airport ceremony attended by local officials and media.
The addition of Baghdad takes Qatar Airwaysâ€™ global network to 116 destinations worldwide. Qatar Airwaysâ€™ passengers flying to Iraq from destinations across the Gulf, Europe, Indian subcontinent, Asia Pacific and The Americas can seamlessly connect via the airlineâ€™s Doha hub.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: â€œBaghdad had long been on our list of destinations which we identified as being a key part of growing our Middle East network.
â€œDuring Iraqâ€™s current period of reform and development, with industries resurging and many new companies expanding operations to Iraq, we felt this was the time to move into the country.
â€œWith our new passenger flights to both Baghdad and Erbil, together with our new dedicated freighter service to Erbil starting next month, Qatar Airways is offering excellent capacity to and from the country.â€