The first Qatar Airways flight to Davao in the Philippines touched down yesterday (June 18) at Davao International Airport.
Dignitaries onboard the inaugural flight included the Ambassador of the Philippines to the State of Qatar, HE Alan Timbayan and senior vice president – Asia Pacific, Qatar Airways, Marwan Koleilat.
“Qatar Airways is very proud to extend its reach into the Philippines by launching our third gateway into this beautiful country,” chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker remarked on the development. “The inclusion of Davao into our global network further demonstrates our commitment to the Far East region, a highly important market for Qatar Airways. With 50 weekly passenger flights to and from the Philippines, we take great pride in our role of enabling trade and connecting international businesses.”
The airline will operate its Davao service once a week with a Boeing 787-8 aircraft, featuring 22 seats in business class and 232 seats in economy class. Passengers will be able to enjoy the airline’s superior entertainment system, Oryx One, offering a wide variety of entertainment options.
Manager, Davao International Airport, Engr. Rex A. Obcena commented: “Davao International Airport is the main airport serving Davao City and Davao Region in the Philippines. It is the busiest airport on the island of Mindanao and one of the busiest in the Philippines. We look forward to welcoming all passengers on Qatar Airways’ weekly return flights.”
The Philippines is an important air freight market for Qatar Airways, with the carrier’s cargo arm offering a weekly capacity of 350 tonnes each way on the Doha-Manila-Doha route and 70 tonnes on the Doha-Clark-Doha route. With the introduction of flights from Doha to Davao on the Doha-Clark-Davao-Doha route, exporters in Davao will be offered direct connection to destinations in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas via Doha.