Qatar Airways marked a milestone in its history with Bulgaria and celebrated 10 successful years since its first flight between Doha and Sofia Airport (SOF) on September 14, 2011.
The service is currently operated by the modern Airbus A320 from Qatar Airways with 12 seats in Business Class with the luxurious 79-inch long, 21-inch wide 180 ° bed and 120 seats in Economy Class. Everyone benefits from the famous Oryx One on-demand in-flight entertainment system.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We have long been proud to serve Bulgaria and to connect this beautiful country to our global route network. When we started flying to Sofia, I knew it was the beginning of a strong and lasting relationship. Over the years we have seen the benefits of our services to Bulgaria that go well beyond our mission of bringing people together. Our flights have allowed travelers from all over the world to experience Bulgaria’s hospitality and cultural history while supporting the export of Bulgarian products to overseas markets.
“It is proof of both the strong demand and our great commitment to the country that we will be resuming direct flights between Doha and Sofia from December this year.”
Sofia Airport CEO Jesus Caballero said: “We are very pleased to be serving the Doha-Sofia route with our partner Qatar Airways. Thanks to the codeshare between Qatar Airways and Bulgaria Air with flight connections from Sofia, business and holiday customers can explore our beautiful capital of Bulgaria or the coastal cities of Varna and Burgas. Our longstanding partnership with Qatar Airways means a lot to us and we look forward to strengthening it, especially in 2022 when the FIFA World Cup ™ takes place in Qatar. “
The flights have also helped strengthen Bulgarian trade links over the past decade and currently Qatar Airways Cargo offers more than 10 tons of cargo capacity each way each week on the flights operated on the route.