Next on the list of Southeast Asian destinations soon to be served by Gulf giant Qatar Airways is the island of Penang in Northern Malaysia. The carrier announced in October the launch of direct flights to Penang, its second Malaysian destination. The first flight will take off on 6 February 2018, as part of its ambitious global expansion plans.
In addition to its beautiful sandy beaches and stunning natural scenery, Penang is considered to be the gourmet capital of Malaysia. From street food to fine dining, visitors will be spoilt for choice with the variety of dishes available, with influences ranging from Malay to Chinese; Indian to European.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Malaysia has long been one of our most sought-after destinations, and as such, we are delighted to launch a new direct service to Penang, offering our passengers a second gateway into the country. With three weekly flights between Doha and Penang, we are sure travellers to this exotic holiday destination will be enchanted by both Penang’s magnificent natural scenery and our unrivalled five-star onboard service.”
Qatar Airways will fly three times a week to Penang with its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which features 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class, with spacious cabins and specially-designed interiors. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner also offers lower altitude-equivalent pressure, improved air quality and optimal humidity, enabling passengers to arrive at their destination feeling refreshed. Passengers will be also able to enjoy the airline’s superior in-flight entertainment system, offering a multitude of entertainment options.
The award-winning airline first launched service to Malaysia in December 2001, and currently operates a triple-daily service to Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.
Over the last few months, the airline opened Hanoi, while it is launching until December new flights to Chiang Mai an Pattaya in Thailand. It also recently announced the addition of extra services to the Thai city of Krabi, as well as to the Vietnamese cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, to commence in December 2017 and January 2018, respectively.
The airline also announced earlier this year to look at serving Medan in Sumatra but no date has so far being provided. With Penang coming online and roughly 50 minutes away by flight from Medan, the new route Doha-Medan might be put on ice for a while…