Qatar Airways yesterday launched scheduled flights to Poland, its latest entry into Central Eastern Europe and 12th new route of the year.

Despite wintry weather, the Airbus A320 operating flight number QR 980 was warmly welcomed at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport in the Polish capital to a special arrival ceremony.

Warsaw marks the latest point in the airline’s expanding global route map, now totalling 122 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. In Europe alone, the carrier now flies to 32 destinations with Zagreb, Belgrade among the airline’s route start-ups this year.

An official delegation from Doha was on the inaugural flight from the airline’s Doha hub to Warsaw, including Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, His Excellency Robert Rostek, Ambassador of Poland to the State of Qatar, and media from across the Asia Pacific region.

Upon arrival, the delegation was greeted by Director of Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport, Michał Marzec, followed by a traditional Polish folk dance welcome. Arrival ceremony guests included His Excellency Hadi Bin Nasser Al-Hajri, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Poland.

The official part of the ceremony included speeches by Marzec and Al Baker followed by a gift exchange to signal the newest route on Qatar Airways’ international map.

The Doha – Warsaw route is being operated four-times-a-week with a modern Airbus A320, featuring 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 in Business Class and 132 in Economy. The aircraft offers seatback TV screens providing passengers with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system and a choice of more than 800 audio and video on demand options, together with an SMS text messaging service from each seat.

The DOHA – WARSAW schedules, effective 5 December 2012 – 4-times-a-week:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
QR980   Depart Doha at 0920 hrs        arrive Warsaw at 1320 hrs
QR981   Depart Warsaw at 1535 hrs      arrive Doha at 2255 hrs

For further details or to book your tickets, visit Qatar Airways.