Qatar Airways celebrated the launch of its Doha to Langkawi route with a sparkling gala dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Langkawi on 17 October 2019.
The evening was hosted by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, who welcomed VIP guests, including; Chief Minister of Kedah, Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mukhriz bin Tun Mahathir; Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Malaysia, His Excellency Mr. Fahad Mohammed Kafoud; Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Malaysia in Qatar, Mr. Mohamad Shahir Sabarudin; and Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Mr. Marwan Koleilat, as well as senior government and airport officials.
In his speech to the VIP guests, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “I am happy to be here tonight to celebrate the launch of our new service from Doha to Langkawi and to meet with local VIPs and stakeholders. Qatar and Malaysia have strong political and bilateral ties as witnessed by the recent visit to Malaysia by The Amir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in December 2018. This strong relationship is truly reflected in trade between the two countries, and is expected to top 1 billion US dollars this year, tripling what it was just 12 years ago. At Qatar Airways we continue to demonstrate our commitment with the addition of our third gateway to Malaysia, the beautiful island of Langkawi.”
During the gala dinner, H.E. Mr. Al Baker and Chief Minister of Kedah, Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mukhriz bin Mahathir had a photo taken holding the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar themed jerseys.
Chief Minister of Kedah, Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mukhriz bin Tun Mahathir added: “I am delighted to have attended this evening’s celebration and proudly welcome Qatar Airways award-winning service to Langkawi. The new service will lead to greater opportunities for Kedah’s increasing tourism industry, bringing the world right to our doorstep to experience Langkawi’s many treasures, including the UNESCO Global Geopark.”
The stylish crowd enjoyed a sumptuous three-course meal, a host of entertainment, including a breathtaking performance from internationally renowned and Malaysian singer/songwriter superstar, Yuna, who had the whole audience up on its feet dancing to some of her most popular hits.
The new service to Langkawi will be operated by the airline’s 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. As well as enjoying the award-winning in-flight service on board, passengers travelling to Langkawi will also have access to Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system, offering the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide.
Langkawi has also joined Qatar Airways’ air freight network, with the carrier’s cargo arm offering a total capacity of 40 tonnes to and from Langkawi via Penang each week and a direct connection to destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa via Doha.
A multiple award-winning airlines, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.
In addition to its service to Langkawi, Qatar Airways has launched a host of exciting new destinations in 2019, including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Davao, Philippines; Izmir, Turkey; and Mogadishu, Somalia; and will add Gaborone, Botswana to its extensive network in December 2019 with Luanda, Angola; and Osaka, Japan, following in 2020.
Current Flight Schedule:
Flight Schedule from 15 October 2019:
Service operates Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Doha (DOH) to Penang (PEN) QR 866 departs 02:25, arrives 15:00
Penang (PEN) to Langkawi (LGK) departs 16:25, arrives 17:05
Langkawi (LGK) to Penang (PEN) QR 867 departs 19:00, arrives 19:40
Penang (PEN) to Doha (DOH) departs 21:00, arrives 23:45
Flight Schedule from 27 October 2019:
Service operates Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Doha (DOH) to Penang (PEN) QR 866 departs 02:10, arrives 14:20
Penang (PEN) to Langkawi (LGK) departs 15:30, arrives 16:20
Langkawi (LGK) to Penang (PEN) QR 867 departs 18:40, arrives 19:40
Penang (PEN) to Doha (DOH) departs 20:35, arrives 23:25