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Qatar Airways Flies to Langkawi with Mahathir’s Blessings

Akbar (right) shaking hands with Dr Mahathir to discuss issues of mutual interest

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, met with the Prime Minister of Malaysia and other senior government officials following the opening of the UNWTO World Tourism Conference in Kuala Lumpur on Monday 26 August 2019.

Among the possibilities discussed included developments in the global aviation industry, and the upcoming launch of Qatar Airways’ flights to Langkawi as part of the mutual interests Malaysia and Qatar could develop economically.

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Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “It was a pleasure and an honour to meet with the Prime Minister. Malaysia is an important, and growing, market for Qatar Airways as shown by our new route to Langkawi, which will operate from 15 October.”

“We were able to discuss a wide range of mutually beneficial issues and I look forward to a continuing dialogue with him and his government.”

The new service to Langkawi, starting 15 October 2019, is part of the airline’s strong expansion plans in Southeast Asia and marks Qatar Airways’ third destination in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

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Cenang Beach, Langkawi Image credit: Izzudin Helmi Adnan | Unsplash

Qatar Airways will initially start with a four-times weekly service to Langkawi via Penang, increasing to a five-times weekly service from 27 October 2019 on its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class, with spacious cabins and specially-designed interiors.

The multi award-winning airline has already launched a host of exciting new destinations in 2019, including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Davao, Philippines; Izmir, Turkey; and Mogadishu, Somalia; and will also add Gaborone, Botswana to its extensive network in October 2019.

The national carrier for the State of Qatar was named ‘Airline of the Year’ for the fifth time by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘Best Business Class Seat’, and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’.

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