United Airlines plans to launch daily service between its Washington Dulles hub and Qatar’s capital Doha, via Dubai, on May 1, 2012.
The ability of the United Continental Holdings, Inc. subsidiary to launch the planned service is subject to government approval.
Assuming such approval is granted, Doha will be the fourth city in the Gulf region that United serves from Washington Dulles, in addition to Dubai, Kuwait City and Bahrain. United Airlines says it serves more destinations in the Gulf region and Middle East than any other U.S. carrier.
“This new service will improve travel options for our customers at both ends of the route,” says Andrew Buchanan, United’s director of international planning. “The Doha flights are timed to provide convenient connections to and from destinations across North America.”
United’s schedule for the route calls for flight UA976 to depart Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) at 6:22 p.m. and land at Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 3:35 p.m. the next day, local time. Under the same flight number, the flight will leave DXB again at 5:10 p.m. and touch down at Doha International Airport (DOH) at 5:15 p.m. local time.
In the other direction, flight UA977 is timed to push back from the gate at DOH at 8:20 p.m. and arrive at DXB at 10:25 p.m. local time. The flight then departs again from DXB at 12:10 a.m. in order to make a 6:32 a.m. arrival at IAD, local time.
United will operate the new service with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, each offering 269 seats – eight in United First, 40 in United Business and 221 in United Economy, including 104 Economy Plus seats with added legroom.
Customers in United First and United Business will have flat-bed seats, more than 150 hours of on-demand entertainment on 15.4-inch personal monitors and exclusive menu options.