April 10, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Qatar Airways' inaugural flight to the city of
touched down at O'Hare International Airport today marking the airline's fourth gateway in
the United States
With the launch of thrice-weekly passenger services between
The Windy City
and Qatar Airways' hub in
, capital of the
State of Qatar
becomes destination number 126 in the airline's impressive worldwide network.
Qatar Airways now operates 24 passenger flights a week between
the United States
– daily from
and the new thrice-weekly services from
route will increase to a daily service. Qatar Airways also operates twice-weekly dedicated cargo flights between the two cities, launched in
Flight QR991 arrived to a warm welcome at a grand airport ceremony attended by a number of dignitaries, including
's Ambassador to the United States of America His Excellency Mr.
Mohamad Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi
, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer
Akbar Al Baker
and airport officials.
The maiden flight carried international media and airline management. The new route offers a connection between
and a vast number of destinations across the
airport authorities delivered speeches at O'Hare International to mark the occasion, noting the economic impact of Qatar Airways' arrival in the city.
"I would like to take this special opportunity to thank the people of
and local airport authorities for their great support in helping Qatar Airways launch passenger flights to this vibrant city," said
"After more than five successful years of operations in
, we are pleased to introduce
as our fourth and newest U.S. gateway and look forward to welcoming travellers from the Midwest and its catchment area to fly with us to many parts of the world and, similarly welcome visitors from around the world to this great city.
is a key route for business and leisure travellers alike, home to the world's second busiest international airport with 70 million passengers a year.
"Qatar Airways was first introduced to the city in 2010 through its successful cargo operations, which helped set the stage for a longer term partnership with this thriving city.