Qatar Airways Connects Kinshasa and Boosts Luanda Service

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner departing EDDB airport.
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Qatar Airways has made a significant network expansion in Africa, adding Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a new destination.

At the same time, the carrier has announced an increasing service to Luanda, Angola.

This strategic network move strengthens Qatar Airways’ presence in Africa. It effectively offers passengers greater travel options within the region and seamless connections to key global destinations.

Kinshasa: 29th African Destination

The inclusion of Kinshasa marks Qatar Airways’ 29th African destination. This now provides providing a convenient gateway for travelers in the DRC to explore China, Europe, and the Indian Subcontinent via Doha, Qatar.

Passengers flying from Kinshasa or Luanda will enjoy a world-class travel experience on board a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

The widebody aircraft is configured with 22 spacious Business Class seats and 232 comfortable Economy Class seats.

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Commitment to Africa

“This latest addition is a significant milestone in our 2024 network expansion,” said Mr. Thierry Antinori, Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer.

“Kinshasa’s inclusion exemplifies our ongoing commitment to enhancing connectivity within Africa. Our extensive network and hub at Hamad International Airport in Doha, we offers unparalleled choice for African travelers seeking to explore the world.”

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Luanda: New Flight Options

To cater to the growing demand, Qatar Airways will introduce four weekly flights between Doha and Luanda. It also adds a convenient connection to Kinshasa. Passengers can refer to the following flight schedules (all times listed are local):

  • Flight QRQ1491:
    • Doha (DOH) to Kinshasa (FIH): Departs at 02:45, Arrives at 08:10
    • Kinshasa (FIH) to Luanda (LAD): Departs at 09:40, Arrives at 10:55
    • Luanda (LAD) to Doha (DOH): Departs at 12:25, Arrives at 22:50 (next day)
  • Flight QRQ1489:
    • Doha (DOH) to Luanda (LAD): Departs at 09:20, Arrives at 15:40
    • Luanda (LAD) to Kinshasa (FIH): Departs at 17:10, Arrives at 18:25
    • Kinshasa (FIH) to Doha (DOH): Departs at 19:55, Arrives at 05:45+1 (next day)

Loyalty Program Benefits

Members of Qatar Airways Privilege Club can earn Avios on these new flights. They can enjoy attractive savings when combining cash and Avios for their bookings.

Additionally, Avios Max allows members to pay for flights entirely with Avios. Other benefits include shopping and dining rewards at Qatar Duty Free, exclusive holiday packages, cabin upgrades, and much more.

About Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways currently flies to nearly 170 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport. Skytrax voted it as the ‘World’s Best Airport’ in 2021 and 2022 consecutively.

 In 2023, Hamad International Airport was ranked by Skytrax as the second-best airport in the world, and received the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade for the ninth time in a row, as well as ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’.

Qatar Airways has won the “World’s Best Airline” title a record-breaking seven times according to Skytrax (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022).

As leaders in industry innovation and digital adoption, the carrier was recently voted the world’s best airline website by World Travel Tech Awards.

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