Qatar Airways to commence Dreamliner service to Davao

Doha-based airline Qatar Airways plans to launch initial service to Davao, Philippines, direct from Doha, Qatar, on June 18, 2019. Back then, the airline and the Philippine government signed an air pact that allowed Qatar Airways to increase frequencies in Manila, but, in return, it had to launch a new service at any point in the country.

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According to an article published by The Points Guy, the airline executive said that Davao will initially be served once a week on board its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. He explained that this route would have limited operation for a while, citing the need for more aircraft available. It will possibly be expanded to three weekly flights depending on aircraft deliveries.

The airline's chief executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, announced Davao as its newest destination for 2019, with six more scheduled to be launched within the year. The announcement was made at the ITB Berlin, the world's most extensive international travel and tourism trade show.

Al Baker emphasized the airline's aggressive expansion plans, which include the launch of direct flights to Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Langkawi, Malaysia; Izmir, Turkey; and Mogadishu, Somalia.

Al Baker said:

We are also tremendously excited to be adding seven new destinations to our rapidly expanding global route network later this year, and to be able to connect our passengers to anywhere in the world they wish to go

On its booking website, Qatar Airways opened reservations for two weekly flights on Tuesdays and Fridays; however, this has yet to be removed. The service is now scheduled to operate weekly every Friday, departing Doha at 2:45 am (AST) and arriving in Davao at 8:50 pm (PST, local time) with an hour-and-a-half technical stop at Clark. It will then proceed directly to Doha at 10:20 pm (PST).

A one-off service on June 18, Tuesday, is available for booking. This flight, however, flies from Doha to Davao and then to Clark before flying back en route to Doha. Both flights will be operated by a single flight number under QR 936.

The inaugural flight will depart from Doha and arrive in Davao at 5:20 pm (PST). It will then leave for Clark at 6:50 pm (PST), merely having an hour and a half technical stop to pick up and unload passengers. The flight will continue to Doha from that point.

Davao's first long-haul destination and the fourth international destination from the Southern capital will be Doha. It is the fruit of the government's continuous push to connect more airports outside Manila. The launch was made possible because of the signed agreement between the government and Qatar Airways in 2017.