Qatar has recently announced another two new routes they are going to start up this year, and both has been expected for a while.
The first route to start is Doha to Luxor, Egypt. This will initially be a daily service, operated by an Airbus A320. As Qatar Airways has 2 different types of seating configuration in their A320 aircrafts, I am not sure which one they will operate on this route, but they both come with 12 business class seats, and 120 or 132 economy class seats, depending on the version.
Qatar Airways services on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday depart Doha at 7:10 am and arrive in Luxor at 9:35 am. The same day return service departs Luxor at 13:30 to arrive in Doha at 17:10. This flight is quite good timings for people who wants to have a quick get-away to see the sights of Luxor, and you get good use of the day for both flights. On Tuesday, Friday or Saturday flights depart Doha at 21:35 to arrive in Luxor at 23:59, with the return service to Doha’s HIA operating shortly after at 1:30 am (the next day) on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday to arrive back in Doha at 5:10 am.
The 2nd route they have announced, will connect Doha to Mahe, the capital of the Seychelles, a beautiful island off the coast of Africa.
Seychelles has for a long time been on the list of places I want to visit soon, and this new schedule should hopefully help me getting closer to visiting this beautiful Island.
Also this route will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft, with 12 business class and 120 or 132 economy class seats.
The flights are set to leave Doha at 02:40 in the morning, arriving Seychelles at 08:50, and the return flight leaves Seychelles 19:25 and arrives Doha at 23:30. The flying time in both directions are just above 5 hours, which I personally find to be on the limit of what I can do in a narrow-body aircraft, but considering the great timings of the flights I guess I can live with it, the schedule makes it possible to get away for an oval weekend and basically get 3 or 4 full days out of it (depending on how oval you can make your weekend.)