QATAR AIRWAYS UPGRADES SERVICE TO TUNIS FROM AN A320 TO A B787 DREAMLINER
(Posted 18th February 2015)
Qatar Airways yesterday become the first airline to operate a daily Boeing B787 Dreamliner flight from their new hub airport Hamad International in Doha to the Tunesian capital of Tunis.
The nearly doubled capacity, from previously 132 seats to now 254 seats reflects the growing demand both to and from Tunisia. The airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker, on the occasion of the launch of the new aircraft on the route, said: ‘We are proud to introduce the 787 Dreamliner to Tunisia, which will not only offer an increase in capacity to the route but will also redefine the in-flight experience of our passengers travelling to Doha and beyond. Our 787s provide a superior experience with specially designed interiors, spacious cabins and custom-made seats in both Business and Economy Class. We are confident that our passengers flying to and from Tunis will luxuriate in the enhanced travel experience onboard the Qatar Airways Dreamliner’.
This aircraft type is configured with 22 seats in the airline’s award winning business class with just 4 seats abreast in a 1 x 2 x 1 layout while economy class, as is the custom with Qatar Airways, features one seat less abreast in a 3 x 3 x 3 layout, giving the bulk of the passengers on board more space and great comfort. Equipped with wireless internet access and allowing for SMS mobile texting can passengers remain in touch with their businesses and loved ones at home.
Passengers from QR’s East Africa destinations Entebbe, Kigali, Nairobi, Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam, who travel to Tunisia, can now look forward to wide body comfort between Doha and Tunis.
With such news are expectations in East Africa also rising that sooner rather than later will some of the high demand routes like Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, these two already served double daily with an Airbus A320, be upgraded to wide bodied aircraft while Entebbe and Kigali hope for more daily flights as an intermediate step to also going double daily.