Qatar Airways touts destination Dar as it clocks 15 years of operation

21Jan 2022
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Qatar Airways touts destination Dar as it clocks 15 years of operation

QATAR Airways has announced plans to expand its flights aimed at connecting travellers from around the world to Tanzania and experience wildlife safaris as the carrier marks 15 years since its debut flight between Doha and Dar es Salaam.

A Qatar Airways plane at JNIA in Dar es Salaam.

The airline said in a statement the huge potential the Dar es Salaam route has shown throughout the years, further solidifies relationship between Tanzania and Qatar. This was especially the case at the height of the pandemic, when Dar es Salaam was on high demand by both cargo and passengers.

“We look forward to many more years of connecting travellers from around the world to experience Tanzania’s unique cultural offerings and wildlife,” said Hendrik du Preez, the airline’s Vice-President for  Africa.

Du Preez said in the statement that the Doha based airline first launched scheduled flights to Tanzania twice weekly in January 2007, and that due to demand the carrier operates 19 weekly flights backed by a combination of Boeing 787 and Airbus A320 aircrafts. “The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 140 destinations, including Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar,” he said.

As part of cerebrations to mark the 15 years, the airline held an event at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) last week where staff distributed gifts to all passengers flying on both flights QR1499 and QR1476, with two lucky winners getting complimentary tickets.

Steeped in history and culture, Dar es Salaam is well known for its vibrant live-music and spice-laden cuisine as it is for its rich maritime history and picturesque seaside harbour.  As one of East Africa’s fastest-growing cities, visitors to Dar es Salaam can immerse themselves in its vibrant arts scene or lose themselves during a stroll along one of its white sandy beaches.