Qatar Airways has announced that the first long haul route for its new Boeing 777-300ER is Washington DC. QR's B 773ER will replace the A 346 currently used by the airline from January 1st 2008.
QR's B 773ER will see a two class configuration seating 42 in business and 293 in economy i.e. 335 in total. Its initial route though will be to further adjustments to its Winter 2007-08 schedule, of which the highlights are as follows : 3 times a day to get its cockpit/cabin crew more familiar with operating the aircraft. In addition, the airline has announced
EWR - increased to 5 times a week from Dec 16th. Flights operate on all days except Mon & Wed.
KHI - capacity increased to 2 weekly A 332s + 5 weekly A 320s.
MAN - capacity increased from daily A 332 to daily A 333.
DME - capacity increased from daily AB6 to daily A 332 effective January 11th.
CDG - from late January, capacity is increased to daily A 346 + 2 weekly A 333 + 2 weekly A 332.
FCO - capacity increased from 4 weekly A 332s to 2 weekly A 333s + 2 weekly A 332s.