Qatar Airways rang in the New Year with a new daily, non-stop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, which started January 1. The new route features the airline’s landmark Boeing 777-200 and represents Qatar Airways’ first passenger service to the West Coast of the United States. The expansion to LAX is the first of three new US destinations planned for 2016, along with Boston (BOS) on March 16th and Atlanta (ATL) on June 1st.

The first arrival to Los Angeles was recognised with a special gate ceremony, celebrating the passengers on the historic flight. The airline will officially celebrate the new Los Angeles route on 12 January 2016, when Al Baker will host a press conference and a star-studded VIP gala.

Al Baker said:

Los Angeles and Doha have much in common. As passionate homes for sport, fashion, art and world-class entertainment, this new Qatar Airways service forms a bridge spanning continents and cultures, which will further strengthen our cultural and commercial bonds.’

The LAX launch comes as Qatar Airways continues to expand operations in the United States and around the world. In addition to new launches in Boston and Atlanta, the airline is enhancing existing services along its successful US routes. On 8 December, Qatar Airways brought the state-of-the-art Airbus A350, the “airliner of the next decade,” to American shores for the first time. The airline commenced a regularly-scheduled daily A350 service on 1 January to Philadelphia, and Qatar Airways will also begin a A350 service along a second route between New York and Doha in April.

The DOHA – LOS ANGELES daily schedule (effective 1 January 2016)

Depart Doha   QR739 at 0745 hrs, arrive Los Angeles at 1310 hrs
Depart Los Angeles      QR740 at 1510 hrs, arrive Doha at 1810 hrs the following day