Qatar Airways has confirmed that its eagerly anticipated daily Doha – Cardiff flights will begin on 1 May.

The inaugural flight will be operated with an Airbus A350-900 and thereafter with Boeing 787 aircraft with 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class. The wings of the Airbus A350 are built in Wales.

Flight QR321 is scheduled to depart Doha (DOH) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 07:25 and land in Cardiff (CWL) at 12:50. Flight QR322 is timed to leave Cardiff at 15:55 and land in Doha at 00:45 the following day.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, flight QR323 will depart Doha at 01:15 and land in Cardiff at 06:40. The return flight from Cardiff to Doha, QR 324 will depart Cardiff at 08:00 and land in Doha at 17:00.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “The launch of our new service to Cardiff is a major milestone for Qatar Airways. It makes sense that the inaugural flight that welcomes Qatar Airways to Wales is on the A350-900, as the wings of this very plane are built at the Airbus plant in Broughton, North Wales. The new service will connect the Welsh people with more destinations globally and provide them the opportunity to experience our unparalleled five-star service. We look forward to welcoming our new passengers on board and to connecting them to Doha and points beyond.”

Qatar Airways currently serves London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh, with service to London Gatwick to commence on 22 May.

This article originally appears on DailyFT.

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