Qatar Airways Boeing 777 arriving at the Penang International Airport
By V. Sivaji
Qatar Airways is back flying to Penang.
The resumption of its operations to Penang saw flight no QR840 touching down at the Penang International Airport at 5.37pm earlier this evening.
The Boeing 777 has a capacity of 348 passengers.
On hand to greet them was State Exco for Tourism and Creative Economy YB Wong Hon Wai, Dato Mihammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik along with Penang Global Tourism chief executive officer Ooi Chok Yan, Malaysian Association of Hotels Penang chapter chairman Dato Tony Goh, Tourism Malaysia’s Datuk Musa Yusof among others.
Also present was the Qatar ambassador to Malaysia HE Salah Mohammad Al-Sorour and Malaysia Airport Berhad COO Gordon Andrew Stewart.
Passengers were given a traditional welcome and presented with goody bags.
Wong in his address hailed the excellent record of the airline and the numerous awards it has won over the years.
“The airline was also named the Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and World’s Business Class Lounge Dining.
Meanwhile, this route acts as a vital link between two nations, nurturing robust diplomatic and economic connections. The cities of Doha and Penang hold a profound regard for collaborative efforts, and this direct flight is poised to significantly bolster the ties between these two locations,” said Wong.
He also welcomed the streamline trade interactions, boost tourism and cultivate a more profound appreciation for each other’s cultures.
Passengers departing Pnang can now seamlessly transition to a multitude of onward flights operated by Qatar Airways. The airline is a multi award winning airline which has once again won the 2023 World Airline Awards by prestigious international air transport rating organization, Skytrax.
By re-establishing the direct link between Penang and Doha, Qatar Airways is not only expanding its range of possibilities available to tourists but also fueling the economic growth and fostering cultural exchange between two cities and 160 cities around the world.