Qatar Airways is pleased to announce that it will begin increasing flights to Montreal from 16 January 2021 and operate daily frequencies by 25 February 2021, up from the previously scheduled four weekly frequencies. The Montreal service is powered by Qatar Airways’ advanced Airbus A350-900 with 36 seats in the award-winning Qsuite Business Class and 247 seats in Economy Class.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are pleased to increase our services to Montreal, further enhancing connectivity with our Canadian customers, while offering our passengers traveling to and from North America hassle-free access to more than 75 destinations in Africa, Asia, India and the Middle East via our many award-winning hub, Hamad International Airport.
“We remain committed to serving our customers in Canada and have worked hard throughout the pandemic to ensure we can run as many flights as possible in accordance with Canadian Government guidelines. From operating special charter services to a range of commercial flights, we are pleased to now be able to offer a strong schedule of services complemented by our recently announced partnership with Air Canada. ”
Canada’s Ambassador to Qatar, her excellent Ambassador Stefanie McCollum, said: “I am excited about this recent development and the expanded connection to Canada. These additional flights give travelers more opportunities to explore Canada and all that it has to offer. Our high quality education and safe cities are attractive to international students and now their parents will have more opportunities to visit and explore our beautiful and inviting country. It will now be easier for those wishing to expand their business or investment in Canada to connect via these flights and we hope that they too will benefit from the fantastic tourist opportunities that await them. ”
This news comes on the heels of the announcement of Qatar Airways’ recent codeshare agreement with Air Canada, which applies to flights between Toronto and Doha. The agreement will enable the passengers of both airlines to have a seamless one-stop connection to and from Toronto via the best airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport and on to more than 75 destinations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. This is just one way Qatar Airways is strengthening its commitment to Canadian passengers and travel trade and increasing Canada’s global connectivity to support the recovery of tourism and trade.
Qatar Airways first started flights to Canada in June 2011 with three weekly flights to Montreal, expanding to four weekly in December 2018. After working closely with the Government of Canada and its embassies around the globe throughout the pandemic, Qatar Airways temporarily operated three weekly services to Toronto in addition to several charter flights to Vancouver to help bring home more than 44,000 Canadian residents.
Qatar Airways’ strategic investment in a range of fuel-efficient twin-engine aircraft, including the largest fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft, has enabled it to continue flying throughout this crisis, placing it perfectly positioned to lead a sustainable recovery of international travel. The airline recently acquired three new advanced Airbus A350-1000 aircraft and increased the total A350 fleet to 52 with an average age of just 2.6 years. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the demand for travel, the airline has founded its fleet of Airbus A380, as it is not environmentally sound to operate such a large, four-engine aircraft in the current market. Qatar Airways has also recently launched a new program that allows passengers to voluntarily compensate for carbon emissions associated with their journey at the time of booking.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the demand for travel, the airline has founded its fleet of Airbus A380, as it is not environmentally sound to operate such a large, four-engine aircraft in the current market. The airline’s internal benchmark compared the A380 with the A350 on routes from Doha to London, Guangzhou, Frankfurt, Paris, Melbourne, Sydney and New York. On a typical one-way flight, the airline found that the A350 aircraft saved at least 16 tonnes of carbon dioxide per day. Block time compared to A380. The analysis showed that the A380 emitted over 80% more CO2 per Block time than A350 on each of these routes. In the case of Melbourne and New York, the A380 emitted 95% more CO2 per year. Block hour, where the A350 saves around 20 tonnes of CO2 per Block time. Until passenger demand recovers to appropriate levels, Qatar Airways will continue to keep its A380 aircraft grounded and ensure that it operates only commercially and environmentally responsible aircraft.
Business Class passengers flying to Montreal will enjoy the award-winning Qsuite business class seat with sliding privacy doors and the option to use a ‘Do not Disturb’ (DND) indicator. The Qsuite seating arrangement is a 1-2-1 configuration that gives passengers the most spacious, fully private, comfortable and socially distant Business Class product in the sky. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 45 destinations including Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Singapore.