April 11, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Chicago's Mayor
and senior officials held a high level meeting this week with Qatar Airways Chief Executive
Akbar Al Baker
to herald the beginning of new passenger flights between Chicago O'Hare and
met with Mayor Emanuel, Deputy Mayor
, Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Aviation,
State of Qatar
's Ambassador to the United States His Excellency Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi to discuss new trade, business and investment opportunities.
Qatar Airways launched thrice-weekly scheduled passenger flights between
this week, with plans to upgrade to a daily service from
. The carrier has already been operating twice-weekly dedicated cargo flights on the route since 2010.
During the courtesy visit to City Hall,
said that the airline planned to bring new opportunities to the city of
by investing in the community and helping boost trade, tourism and business links between the
State of Qatar
"Under Mayor Emanuel,
has taken great strides to expand its presence as a global leader," commented
"Qatar Airways is honoured to be a part of these efforts and will, in turn, offer a great boost to the local economy of the city, helping to generate new jobs and create an economic impact of over US
in revenues for the first year alone.
"Opening services to
is a tremendous step for Qatar Airways marking our fourth gateway in
the United States
. This great city is among the centres of world aviation and has been a key destination for us to serve as the world's best airline for some time. We look forward to introducing
travellers to our award-winning Five Star service, while introducing our passengers from around the world to our newest destination.
: "Qatar Airways looks forward to creating a lasting connection between the cities of
. There are abundant opportunities for cultural exchange and business collaboration between two cities that share so much in common. We remain steadfast in our commitment to serving the people of
in the air and on the ground."
Both Mayor Emanuel and Commissioner Andolino expressed their excitement about the partnership between Qatar Airways and
, bringing great benefits to both
travellers and the city itself. They were also delighted to hear Qatar Airways' plans to bring new jobs and income to the city.
Qatar Airways offers travellers from
an exciting network of destinations to fly to, including cities across the
hub. The airline operates a modern fleet of 122 aircraft to over 126 destinations globally, including destinations in
In addition to
, Qatar Airways' US footprint includes daily non-stop flights between
Over the next few weeks and months, Qatar Airways will launch scheduled flights to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Salalah,
) with many more start-ups to be announced.
For further information
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 44302072, Fax: +974 44302069
SOURCE Qatar Airways