Qatar Airways plans to switch to the B787 Dreamliner on Geneva route


(Posted 03rd April 2016)

Qatar Airways, one of the OneWorld Alliance’s leading members, has earlier today announced that come July will flights to Geneva, Switzerland’s most international city and home to the United Nation’s European offices, be upgraded from the present Airbus A320 to the Boeing B787 Dreamliner.

This will raise capacity from 132 seats (12C / 120Y) to 254 seats (22C / 232Y), nearly doubling seat capacity, a sign of strong expectations for additional traffic.

From Qatar Airways’ Eastern African destinations, which connect Addis Ababa, Asmara, Djibouti, Entebbe, Kigali, Nairobi, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar – but notably not Mombasa where the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority continues to block access for the Qatari national airline – will the added capacity make it easier, and more user friendly to fly to Geneva, as more seats are matched with much greater cabin comfort only a wide body aircraft can offer.

Qatar Airways Group CEO Mr. Akbar Al Baker, commented to the development when he said: ‘Qatar Airways is delighted that the high level of demand for travel to Geneva from our worldwide network warrants a higher-capacity aircraft equipped with our award-winning on board premium product, which will be introduced on the route. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner represents one of the most modern aircraft in the skies and we look forward to welcoming passengers on board‘.

Zurich, the other Qatar Airways destination in Switzerland, is also served by Boeing B 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Now operating a fleet of 181 aircraft does the airline serve over 150 destinations world wide and has over the years persistently captured recognized airline awards, among them from Skytrax which ranks Qatar Airways as a five star airline and has named its hub airport Hamad International in Doha as the best Middle East Airport despite the fact that it has only been in operation for two and a half years.