Qatar Airways is celebrating the launch of scheduled services to Adana following the arrival of its inaugural flight from Doha to Turkey’s fifth largest city.
Flight QR438 touched down at Adana Airport at 11:25 am, where a welcome ceremony attended by airport and government officials, together with local dignitaries took place. Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer Ehab Amin, led a high-profile delegation on the inaugural direct flight from the airline’s five-star hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha and was greeted by Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Turkey, HE Salem bin Mubarak Al-Shafi, Adana Governor Mahmut Demirtaş, Assistant Governor Mustafa Yavuz, State Airports Authority Adana Airport Chief Manager Ahmet Bülbül, together with other VIP and government officials.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said that the launch of their first direct service to Adana is a much-anticipated addition to their expanding global network.
Adana, located at the crossroads of Anatolia and the Middle East, is one of the most populous cities in Turkey. Passengers travelling to Adana can admire the magical sunsets over the Seyhan River, or taste the unique cuisine whilst enjoying a view of the river from one of the city’s dazzling rooftop restaurants. The sixteenth century Great Mosque (Ulu Cami), Clock Tower, the old bazaar and Adana Archeological Museum are among the other top sights of Adana.
Qatar Airways has successfully operated service to Turkey for 13 years. The airline began services to Istanbul Ataturk International Airport in 2004, marking Qatar Airways’ first destination in Turkey. Since then, due to tremendous passenger demand, the airline has been steadily increasing its number of flights to the country.
Qatar Airways launched services to Ankara in 2010 and flights to its second airport in Istanbul at Sabiha Gökçen Airport in May 2014. The award-winning airline currently operates three daily flights between Doha and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport, 10 weekly flights between Doha and Istanbul Ataturk International Airport and daily flights between Doha and Ankara. Qatar Airways will operate three times weekly to Adana, bringing the total number of flights operated by the airline to Turkey to 41 per week.
The Doha-Adana route is operated by an Airbus A320, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.
The introduction of three weekly belly-hold flights to Adana will provide efficient connections for garment and textile businesses in the city to the Middle East, Asia and India via Qatar Airways Cargo’s state-of-the-art Doha hub. Qatar Airways Cargo currently offers twice weekly Airbus A330 freighters to Istanbul and 38 weekly belly-hold flights to the main airports in Istanbul and Ankara. With the new addition of Doha-Adana-Doha route, the cargo carrier aims to increase its market share in Turkey.
Doha-Adana Flights (Monday, Thursday and Saturday)
Doha (DOH) to Adana (ADA) QR438 Departs 7:20 am Arrives 11:25 am
Adana (ADA) to Doha (DOH) QR439 Departs 12:25 pm Arrives 4:15 pm
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