Qatar Airways will now fly to Dusseldorf. They originally planned on launching the route in the summer, but they had to push it back to winter because of the EU-Qatar open skies agreement which just happened to be signed late last year. In part because of that, the route has been launched just a couple days before the World Cup starts!
Düsseldorf to Qatar Airways
The flagship of the Qatar Airways fleet, the new 787-8, was inaugurated on November 15th. Currently, they fly 1 day a week using 254-seat and 17 business/first class seats. This new route also represents a lower risk in terms of capacity constraints and passenger demand patterns.
Düsseldorf schedules its flights in a consistent manner. It was scheduled with different times depending on the day when it was first put on sale about three months ago, but now it’s going back to a daily schedule.
Doha to Düsseldorf: QR85, 08:20-13:05 (6h 45m block time); 1x daily
Düsseldorf-Doha: QR86, 15:05-23:00 (5h 55m – 9h 35m)
The fourth route for Qatar Airways services Germany.
Qatar Airways operates a total of 52 weekly flights to Düsseldorf, Germany. This makes the country sixth most-served nation by weekly flights worldwide, behind only the United States, Arabia, UAE, India and now Germany. The World Cup has somewhat affected these numbers as well.
Qatar Airways operates flights to Europe
From November 16th-22nd, OAG shows that Qatar Airways has up to 35 European flights departing every day. That’s 355 planes, or 1/4 of their total fleet. The biggest category is the 787-8s (116), followed by 777-300ERs (116) and then 787-9s (99). The sole 747 flight is a nonstop from Doha to Athens on November 16th.
Europe’s 14 or more-weekly flights to the following destinations are listed below. Some, like Madrid, have been influenced by the World Cup, while British Airways will serve Doha 2 times daily with the A380 partly to help partner Qatar Airways and partly for the higher demand.