Qatar Airways B777 touching down at New York's JFK International Airport. The aircraft will be used on the new routes to Atlanta and Los Angeles. (Photo by Kyle Dunst)
Ever since the three major U.S. airlines (Delta, United & American) began accusing the "Middle East Three" (Emirates, Qatar Airways & Etihad) of having an unfair competitive advantage in international air service due to alleged government subsidies, the Gulf Carriers have been even more aggressive when it comes to offering new routes to the United States. Emirates recently announced its plan to begin flights to Orlando, Florida in order to take advantage of the flocks of tourists from Asia wanting to get their dose of Mickey Mouse. The airline also announced that it will add additional capacity on its routes to Boston and Seattle.
Well, today it was Qatar's turn to flex their muscles. The airline announced a massive expansion into the United States and will begin service from its Doha hub to three new American destinations (Atlanta, Los Angeles and Boston) and will add a second daily flight to New York City (JFK). This will bring Qatar's total number of U.S. destinations to 10. They also serve Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.
Daily flights to Los Angeles (LAX) will begin on January 1, 2016 and will use Boeing 777s. Daily flights to Boston (BOS) will begin on March 16, 2016 and will be operated with the brand new Airbus A350-900XWB. Daily flights to Atlanta (ATL) will begin on July 1, 2016 and will also be operated with Boeing 777 aircraft. The second daily flight to New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will begin on March 1, 2016 and will use the Airbus A350-900XWB, complementing the Boeing 777 already operating on the route. Tickets for all of the new services (except Atlanta) can now be booked.