Qatar Airways resumed (02-May-2013) its Boeing 787 services after a worldwide grounding of the aircraft in Jan-2013, with the first redeployed 787 operating on Doha-Dubai sector on 01-May-2013. The aircraft will resume daily service on Doha-London sector from 15-May-2013. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “I always said I would be the first to fly on Qatar Airways’ 787 once it returned to service, and I’m thrilled that our Dreamliner fleet is back in the skies, providing our passengers with an unparalleled level of service and comfort. After a setback that not only affected our own worldwide operations, but those of many carriers worldwide, we look forward to now deploying the Dreamliner on other key routes over the coming weeks. I have always hailed the Dreamliner as the state-of-the-art aircraft destined to change the way people travel and I was delighted to be on board our first 787 to take to the air again. Throughout the grounding of our fleet we have worked closely with Boeing to monitor the situation and work towards getting our fleet up and running again. Safety has always been the number one priority for Qatar Airways and I have full confidence in the safety and security of this aircraft.” [more - original PR]
Qatar Airways resumes 787 services
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