Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said:
"With our new Najaf services, we are giving the people of Iraq more choice and greater travel options to fly around the world after years of restricted access to air services. Similarly, with all the reconstruction efforts well underway in Iraq, there is a need for flights to bring in construction workers.
"As an air service provider, we at Qatar Airways have the faith and are doing our bit in the rebuilding efforts of the country.
"Najaf represents a significant part of Qatar Airways’ growth strategy of opening new, diverse routes connecting people in underserved markets to destinations around the world with more ease and convenience than ever before."
Addressing guests gathered at Al Najaf International Airport, Fathi Al Shehab said:
"Today is all about celebration and further developing our warm relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Iraq.
"On behalf of Qatar Airways, I would like to thank the government of Iraq, the local authorities and airport officials for supporting Qatar Airways’ expansion with the addition of an integral route to our international network that will offer great connections to the people of Najaf and the surrounding areas to such an exciting array of destinations globally such as London, Singapore, Tokyo, New York, Shanghai and Melbourne.
"Qatar Airways looks forward to welcoming our newest passengers to experience our award-winning world class service and fine hospitality."
The Doha – Najaf route is being operated by a state-of-the-art Airbus A320 featuring 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy. The aircraft offers seatback TV screens, providing passengers with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system, featuring a choice of more than 800 audio and video on-demand options, together with an SMS text messaging service from each seat.
The convenient timings of the Doha – Najaf flights allow for good connections to key destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
(Source: Qatar Airways)