Qatar lands in Lisbon
When Boeing 787 Dreamliner landed on the 24th of June at Lisbon airport, Qatar Airways began to write its history in Portugal.
The inaugural flight of the Qatari airline marks the company's expansion strategy in the European market and will connect Lisbon daily to Doha and 160 other destinations in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Australia.
For Simon Talling-Smith, Qatar Airways commercial director, in a speach at a small event following the passengers landing at the airport, "it is no secret that the company has been intending to include Lisbon in its global network of destinations for some time and now we are going to promote this beautiful destination all over the world," he said.
Voted last week for the fifth time as Best Airline of the Year, according to the Skytrax Award, Qatar will fly daily between Doha and Lisbon, operating with a Boeing 787 with 22 seats in business class and 232 economy seats.
The arrival of the aircraft also included a traditional baptism with water jets still at the airport runway after landing. This first flight with passengers invited journalists from India, China and Australia, as well as Portugal's ambassador to Qatar, Ricardo Pracana, and the airline's commercial director, Simon Talling-Smith. They were welcomed by Qatar's ambassador in Portugal, Saad Ali Al-Muhannadi, and Thierry Ligonnière, Lisbon Airport executive director.
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