The first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Davao, Philippines, touched down this week at Davao International Airport, where it was welcomed with a celebratory water cannon salute. Qatar Airways flight QR936 departed Hamad International Airport on Tuesday, 18 June at 2:45 am and landed in Davao at 5:20 pm, local time.
The Ambassador of the Philippines to the State of Qatar, HE Alan Timbayan, was joined by Qatar Airways Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific, Marwan Koleilat on board the inaugural flight to Davao.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, said that the inclusion of Davao into their global network further demonstrates their commitment to the Far East region, which he said is a highly important market for Qatar Airways.
With 50 weekly passenger flights to and from the Philippines, we take great pride in our role of enabling trade and connecting international businesses.’
According to Davao International Airport Manager Engineer Rex A Obcena, Davao International Airport is the main airport serving Davao City and Davao Region in the Philippines and the busiest airport on the island of Mindanao and one of the busiest in the Philippines.
We look forward to welcoming all passengers on Qatar Airways’ weekly return flights.’
With numerous beaches and resorts, Davao City, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, is a coastal commercial centre near Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak. Davao City is the largest city outside of Manila and the fourth largest in the Philippines in terms of population, with over 1.4 million residents.
The airline will operate its Davao service once a week with a Boeing 787-8 aircraft, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class. Passengers will be able to enjoy the airline’s superior entertainment system, Oryx One, offering a wide variety of entertainment options.
The Philippines is an important air freight market for Qatar Airways, with the carrier’s cargo arm offering a weekly capacity of 350 tonnes each way on the Doha-Manila-Doha route and 70 tonnes on the Doha-Clark-Doha route. With the introduction of flights from Doha to Davao on the Doha-Clark-Davao-Doha route effective 18 June, exporters in Davao will be offered direct connection to destinations in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas via Doha.
Doha-Davao Friday (QR936): Departs 2:45 am / Arrives 8:50 pm
Davao-Doha Friday (QR936): Departs 10:20 pm / Arrives 3:15 pm
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