Qatar Airways’ first non-stop flight from Doha to St. Petersburg landed today at Pulkovo Airport, marking the airline’s second gateway in Russia. Qatar Airways flight QR279, today operated by the state-of-the-art Boeing B787 Dreamliner, departed Hamad International Airport (HIA) on Tuesday 19 December at 7:30 am, and arrived at Pulkovo Airport at 1:50 pm.
On board the inaugural Qatar Airways flight to St. Petersburg, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, was joined by HE Nurmakhmad Kholov, the Russian Federation’s Ambassador to the State of Qatar. The VIP delegation was greeted upon arrival by Vladimir Yakushev, Pulkovo Airport Chief Executive Officer; HE Fahad bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, Qatar’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation; Alexander Golovin, Chairman of the Committee on Transport, Member of the Government of St. Petersburg; and Andrey Mushkarev, Chairman of the Tourism Development Committee of St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city after Moscow, is considered an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. The culturally diverse city is filled with historical architectural gems, including the Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral.
To celebrate the airline’s inaugural flight to St. Petersburg, Qatar Airways operated its Boeing B787 Dreamliner, offering on board passengers a flight experience like no other.
In future, Qatar Airways will operate its daily St. Petersburg service with an Airbus A320 aircraft, which features 12 flatbed seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class. Passengers will be able to enjoy the airline’s superior entertainment system.
With more than 10 tonnes of belly hold cargo capacity per week to and from St. Petersburg on board the A320 aircraft, which serves this new route, Qatar Airways Cargo is delighted to be further expanding its import and export services in Russia. The launch of service to St. Petersburg has increased the overall belly hold cargo capacity to and from Russia, with more than 40 tonnes being transported each way per week.
Qatar Airways has added many new exciting destinations to its network in 2017, including Auckland, New Zealand; Dublin, Republic of Ireland; Nice, France and Prague, Czech Republic, to name a few.
Doha – St. Petersburg Flights Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Doha (DOH) to St. Petersburg (LED) QR279 departs: 07:30 arrives: 13:50
St. Petersburg (LED) to Doha (DOH) to QR280 departs: 17:25 arrives: 23:30
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Doha (DOH) to St. Petersburg (LED) QR281 departs: 15:55 arrives: 22:10
St. Petersburg (LED) to Doha (DOH) to QR282 departs: 23:15 arrives: 05:20+1