A VIP delegation from Doha, including Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Dr. Hugh Dunleavy and Namibia’s Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Mr. Japhet Isaack, was greeted at the aircraft by Mr. Digu //Naobeb, Chief Executive Officer, Namibia Tourism Board and Qatar’s Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Salem Abdullah Sultan Al Jaber.
Windhoek is the first city in Namibia to be served by Qatar Airways, which will fly to and from the destination four times a week with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Windhoek will be the 23rd destination in Africa served by the award-winning airline.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to extend our network within Africa by adding the premium leisure and business destination of Windhoek to our route map. Africa remains one of our key target areas for growth and we have identified Namibia as an important African nation to include in our expansion plans.
“With the launch of this service we look forward to strengthening our ties with the people of Namibia, who we are pleased to connect with more than 150 global destinations via our hub in Doha, while supporting the country’s growing tourism industry by flying in tourists from all around the world.”
Namibia Tourism Board’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Digu //Naobeb, said: “The new flight route provides the opportunity to promote Namibia as a business and leisure destination amongst Qatar Airways’ wide network of travellers. The route not only improves connections with mature destinations, but allows Namibia to tap into new markets that are also served by the airline. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Namibia via this new gateway in Doha.”
Export businesses in Namibia will also benefit from the launch of the new route as Qatar Airways Cargo will offer 92 tonnes of belly-hold capacity per week on board the aircraft. This will offer Namibian businesses a prime opportunity to distribute goods across the airline’s network of more than 150 destinations.
The Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner operates a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class. All seats include individual television screens, with Economy Class customers benefitting from a screen 10.6 inches wide, offering the latest in-flight entertainment comprised of up to 3,000 options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways flies from the UK to Windhoek via their award-winning hub in Doha with return fares starting from £856 in Economy Class and £3,572 in Business Class.