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DOHA: Qatar Airways announced that it is the first airline to ever fly the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 to Greece. The airline temporarily upgraded its current triple-daily service to Athens to an ultra-modern A350 yesterday, with the arrival of the flight greeted by a water canon salute at Athens International Airport.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: 'We are extremely proud to be the first airline to fly the Airbus A350 to Greece. Athens is a key destination on our European network, and we are delighted to be able to provide our passengers travelling to Greece today with the ultimate comfort and services on board one of the most technologically advanced aircraft in the sky. We will have more good news for the Greek market later this year with the upcoming launch of direct services to Thessaloniki, offering our passengers even more opportunity to explore this majestic country.
The Airbus A350 aircraft features a total of 283 seats, with 36 Business class seats and 247 in Economy Class. The award-winning airline in March will launch non-stop flights to Thessaloniki, its second destination in Greece. The four-times weekly new service between Doha and Thessaloniki will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.
Qatar Airways connects passengers in Greece to more than 150 destinations via its award-winning Hamad International Airport, and also offers seamless connecting flights to its extensive global network of more than 150 destinations across six continents. As part of its continued expansion plans, the airline also recently launched services to Chiang Mai, Thailand and St. Petersburg, Russia, and plans a host of exciting route launches for 2018, including Penang, Malaysia; Canberra, Australia and Cardiff, Wales.
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