Qatar Airways has launched its second new destination of the year- the island of Zanzibar. Flight QR1355 touched down at Zanzibar International Airport at 16:20 local time on 1st July, welcomed by local dignitaries and media.
Located off the eastern coast of Africa, the ‘Spice Island’ is known for its unspoilt, powder white beaches and excellent kitesurfing conditions. This is Qatar’s third destination in Tanzania, after Dar-es-Salaam and Kilimanjaro.
Currently the Doha-Kilimanjaro flight has been extended, so it continues onwards to Zanzibar, offering a total of five flights per week.
From 1st October 2015, the airline will add an extra two daily flights to make it a daily operation. Three of these flights will be direct from Doha to Zanzibar, while the other four will operate via Kilimanjaro.
Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer Marwan Koleilat who was on the inaugural flight said the new flight marks the airline’s 20th gateway in Africa and 148th globally.
He commented; “Zanzibar’s attraction as a tourist destination has been steadily growing as more travellers discover its wonderful combination of cultures, and Qatar Airways is delighted to be able to give more people the opportunity to visit this beautiful island with all it has to offer.
“By providing a reliable, convenient and award-winning travel experience from Zanzibar, Qatar Airways will provide passengers with the opportunity to travel to Doha and connect onwards to more than 140 worldwide destinations through our new state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport.”
The aircraft in operation on this new route is an Airbus A320, which features 12 Business Class seats and up to 132 seats in Economy. Qatar Airways has recently embarked on a seat upgrade to introduce the all-new Business Class on select A320s, so some flights may have seats that convert into 180-degree fully lie-flat beds, while others may have the older recliner seats. Exactly which flights the new Business Class will be available on is unclear.
Business Class passengers receive Emporio Armani amenity kits and designer sleeper suits to make the journey more comfortable, plus they can dine on-demand at any time, with a 5-star meal service from world renowned chefs.
Each seat on selected flights offers an interactive audio and video entertainment system featuring up to 1,000 options of movies, TV programmes and music channels. Passengers can also remain connected with friends, colleagues and family on the ground with an SMS text messaging service using their mobile devices.
Qatar Airways’ now operates flights to 20 African cities including Nairobi, Entebbe, Kigali, Lagos, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Algiers, Asmara, Cairo, Casablanca, Djibouti, Khartoum and Luxor.