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Qatar Airways first passenger flight to Chicago touches down

Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight to Chicago recently touched down at O’Hare International Airport marking the airline’s fourth gateway in the United States. With the launch of thrice-weekly passenger services between The Windy City and Qatar Airways’ hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, Chicago becomes destination number 126 in the airline’s impressive worldwide network.

Flight QR991 arrived to a warm welcome at a grand airport ceremony attended by a number of dignitaries, including Mohamad Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi, Qatar’s Ambassador to the United States of America , Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Airways and airport officials.

“I would like to take this special opportunity to thank the people of Chicago and local airport authorities for their great support in helping Qatar Airways launch passenger flights to this vibrant city,” said Al Baker. “After more than five successful years of operations in North America, we are pleased to introduce Chicago as our fourth and newest US gateway and look forward to welcoming travellers from the Midwest and its catchment area to fly with us to many parts of the world and, similarly welcome visitors from around the world to this great city.

Qatar Airways is set to launch services to a diverse portfolio of new routes during 2013, including Salalah, Oman (May 22); Basra, Iraq (June 3), Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Chengdu, China (September 3) and many more start-ups to be announced.

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