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Qatar Airways To Triple Its Current Network Size By Mid-October

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Qatar Airways aims to resume and expand its flight network to more than 90 destinations in the coming month. With flight resumption to Amman, Entebbe, Hanoi, Seychelles, Windhoek and Yerevan, and the launch of new flights to Accra, the airline will more than triple its global network in size by mid-October. 


At the beginning of the pandemic, Qatar Airways’ network was falling to around 30 destinations, however, the airline utilised its variety of fuel-efficient aircraft together with strategic network management, it quickly resumed flights and expand services in line with passenger demand. The airline has also launched several new destinations since the start of the pandemic, including Accra, Brisbane and Cebu.

According to the latest IATA data, Qatar Airways has become the largest international carrier between April to July. 


Qatar Airways A350 Taxiing
Qatar Airways A350 Taxiing

The following destinations are planned to resume flights or increase frequencies:

  • Amman (daily flights started 15 September, carriage of passengers limited to AMM-DOH only)
  • Clark (increasing to nine weekly flights from 20 September)
  • Copenhagen (increasing to 10 weekly flights from 15 October)
  • Dhaka (increased to seven weekly flights from 19 September)
  • Entebbe (three weekly flights starting 2 October)
  • Hanoi (four weekly flights starting 3 October)
  • Madrid (increasing to 10 weekly flights from 1 October)
  • Manchester (increasing to 17 weekly flights from 15 October)
  • Manila (increasing to 17 weekly flights from 2 October)
  • Seychelles (three weekly flights starting 15 October)
  • Stockholm (increasing to 10 weekly flights from 15 October)
  • Windhoek (three weekly flights starting 15 October)
  • Yerevan (five weekly flights started 15 September, increasing to daily from 5 October)

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Qatar Airways Livery

“By continuing to fly during the pandemic while others stopped, we have gained the trust of passengers as an airline they can rely on. We have taken more international passengers home than any other airline during this pandemic and as entry restrictions ease, we remain focused on our fundamental mission of carrying passengers across the globe safely and reliably. There are still millions of people who have not been able to be reunited with their friends and families and it is heartwarming to know our growing network will provide them an opportunity to travel home or take a trip to see loved ones.”

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive,Mr. Akbar Al Baker

Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel demand, the airline has taken the decision to ground its fleet of Airbus A380s as it is not commercially or environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market. 

Qatar Airways utilised its fleet of 49 Airbus A350 and 30 Boeing 787 for their most strategically important long-haul routes to Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions.


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Qatar Airways Fleet

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Singapore Airlines To Bring Back The World’s Longest Non-Stop Service To JFK

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) will return to New York on 9 November 2020, when it launches non-stop flights between Singapore and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Before the pandemic, Singapore Airlines host the title of flying the world’s longest flight by a whooping distance of 15,344 km between Singapore Changi and Newark Liberty airport. The airlines claims by shifting to JFK International Airport would allow them to better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo traffic on its services to New York in the current operating climate. 


Singapore Airlines’s non-stop services to New York would also be supported by the growing number of transfer passengers who can now transit via Singapore’s Changi Airport.

SIA also anticipates significant cargo demand from a range of industries based in the New York metro area, including pharmaceuticals, e-commerce and technology firms. 

The new service will provide the only non-stop air cargo link from the U.S. Northeast to Singapore, which serves as a regional distribution hub for many major U.S.-based companies.


Singapore Airlines Business Class Onboard B787
Singapore Airlines Business Class Onboard B787

Singapore Airlines will also be operating the route with a 3-class configuration Airbus A350-900 long-range aircraft. This aircraft is configured with 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy Class and 187 Economy Class seats.

Today, SIA operates non-stop services to Los Angeles.

It will continue to review its operations to the United States, and assess the growing demand for air travel amid the ongoing recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, before deciding to reinstate services to other points in the country.


“Operating these flights between Singapore and New York’s JFK International Airport represent an important step in the rebuilding of our global network.

Non-stop ultra-long services are the bedrock of our services to the key U.S. market. We will continue to ramp up existing services and reinstate other points as the demand for both passenger and cargo services return.

Despite the challenging times for the airline industry, there are some early signs of optimism about a recovery in air travel.

Our customers say that they are increasingly confident about air travel, given the robust health and safety measures that are in place, as well as testing regimes to protect them and our staff.

This optimism is also driven by recent moves by countries such as Singapore, which are easing the restrictions on both transit and inbound passengers in a safe and gradual manner.”

Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial for Singapore Airlines

Resuming New York Services From A New Home

Details of the flight services are shown below:

FlightFlight DaysDeparture Time*Arrival Time*Flight Time
SQ 24 SIN-JFKMon, Wed, Sat22573018 hours 5 minutes
SQ 23 JFK-SINMon, Wed, Fri22300610 (+2 days)18 hours 40 minutes
*All timings in local time

Starting on 9 November 2020, flight number SQ24 will operate from Singapore Changi Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport three-times weekly, and same return frequencies under SQ23 will be flown from 11 November 2020.

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