Qatar Airways’ flight QR1459 was the airline’s first flight to Mogadishu, Somalia. It landed at Aden Abdulle International Airport on Monday.

Qatar Airways will fly between Mogadishu and Doha three times a week, with a one-hour stop in Djibouti. Qatar Airways will operate Airbus A320, offering 12 business class seats and 132 economy class seats, for a total flight time of eight hours.

“This is an exciting time for both Qatar Airways and the people of Somalia, who are now able to seamlessly travel to key business and leisure destinations across Asia and Europe, with a connection time of just under two hours. We are delighted to launch our new services from Mogadishu, and look forward to welcoming all passengers on board, where they can experience the airline’s award-winning product and service.” said Akbar Al-Baker, Qatar Airways Group CEO

Qatar Airways currently operates 127 flights a week to 22 destinations in five African countries, and has one of the highest number of destinations in Africa among non-African airlines. Other airlines that fly to Mogadishu include Ethiopian Airlines and Turkish Airways. Qatar Airways was ranked best business class airlines in the world.

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