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Qatar Airways' inaugural flight lands at Prague airport.

QA Group chief executive Akbar al-Baker (centre) and other dignitaries and officials at the reception ceremony in Prague.

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Qatar Airways' (QA) first non-stop flight from Doha to Czech Republic landed Monday at VEiclav Havel Airport Prague, inaugurating the award-winning airline's first-ever passenger service to the central European country.

The airline's flight QR291, operated by an Airbus A320, departed Hamad International Airport yesterday at 8am and arrived at VEiclav Havel Airport Prague ahead of schedule at 12:50pm. The aircraft features 12 seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class. QA first-ever non-stop flight to Czech Republic receives a water cannon salute at the VEiclav Havel Airport Prague.

QA Group chief executive Akbar al-Baker travelled on board the inaugural flight with the Czech Republic's ambassador Martin VE[degrees]tek, and was greeted by Vaclav Rehor, chairman of the Board of Directors of Prague Airport; Pavel Klucky, director of the Department of Near East Area, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Monika Palatkova, general manager of Czech Tourism. "This exquisite European city will be an extremely popular destination for both business and leisure travellers, providing our passengers the opportunity to experience the unique beauty of the city," al-Baker said. "The launch of this new service comes at a time when we are expanding our presence in Eastern Europe, as part of our efforts to extend our reach globally," he added. Prague, widely recognised as one of the world's most beautiful cities, is known for its striking medieval architecture and old-world ambiance. __________________________________________ Doha-Prague Flight Schedule

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: Doha to Prague (QR289) - departs: 2:30am, arrives: 7:40am Prague to Doha (QR290) - departs: 9:25am, arrives: 4:25pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: Doha to Prague (QR291) - departs: 8am, arrives: 1:10pm Prague to Doha (QR292) - departs: 5:10pm, arrives: 12:10am +1 __________________________________________

This picturesque Bohemian city offers visitors a wealth of choice of activities, from walking the cobbled streets of the old city to enjoying Prague's rich tradition of cafe culture. Rehor said the proposed schedule, at two different times of operations, will support connections within the carrier's network via Doha to Asian and Australian routes. "We expect that passengers coming from Prague will be most interested in the connecting flights to Bali, Bangkok, Colombo, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuwait, Hong Kong, Delhi and Sydney," he noted. Czech passengers can look forward to a wider selection of available flights to Asia and Australia and also to comfortable connections to a number of other destinations, such as Windhoek (Namibia), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Zanzibar (Tanzania) and Salalah (Oman), according to Rehor. As part of its rapid expansion strategy in Eastern Europe, the award-winning airline recently launched direct service to Skopje, with service to Kyiv, Ukraine, also to commence this month. QA commenced freighter operations to Prague, a growing trade market in Eastern Europe, in March 2016. The airline's cargo division currently operates three times weekly Airbus A330 freighters from Doha to Prague via Budapest, providing 180 tonnes of cargo capacity. Prague is a major gateway into Eastern Europe from Asia for electronics and automotive parts, as well as textiles, pharmaceuticals and biotech products. The introduction of daily passenger flights to and from Prague will inject additional bellyhold freight capacity on the route, connecting local businesses to the carrier's extensive cargo network via its state-of-the-art Doha hub.

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