Qatar Airways will be flying from Los Angeles to its hub in Doha starting January 1, 2016. This new route is part of the expansion that the airline announced earlier this year, which also includes service from Atlanta and Boston to Doha, and more flights out of JFK airport in New York.
Qatar’s move to LAX isn’t a surprise. Etihad and Emirates have been operating flights between Los Angeles and the Middle East for a while. Qatar will be flying Boeing 777s, which feature 42 forward-facing business class seats that allow travelers to lie flat in a 2-2-2 configuration. This will be a welcome luxury on the just over 16-hour flight.
If you’re on the East Coast and you’re looking for a flight to Doha, which is quickly becoming a hot vacation and business destination, you will be able to fly out of Boston on Qatar starting in March 2016, and out of Atlanta in July 2016.
Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld alliance, and flies to 150 destinations around the globe, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Bangkok, Colombo and Dubai. The airline is well-known for its excellent service and amenities, having won the 2014 Skytrax award for best business class, best airline in the Middle East and best business class lounge. It costs 70,00 Qmiles in Economy, 140,000 Qmiles in Business and 210,000 Qmiles in First class to book award ticket with Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles from Los Angeles to Doha.
Doha, located in the state of Qatar, offers an interesting mix of modern and ancient influences in both its architecture and culture. High fashion and luxury goods dominate the plethora of malls the city is known for, while Souq Waqif offers timeless local flavor, where you can eat and shop alongside Qataris.
The Doha Corniche, a waterfront promenade, gives visitors access to an amazing view of the harbor and the city’s striking skyline. And you can also check out the cultural hot spots in town. There is everything from hip art galleries, to science exhibits in Education City, to the National Museum, which is loaded with historic treasures.