Qatar Airways Will Begin Düsseldorf Flights In November

Qatar Airways has put Düsseldorf on sale. The airline mentioned its intention to serve the German city in February, but it is now formally announced. While it expected to operate this summer, it has been pushed to winter. It comes about because of the EU-Qatar open skies agreement signed late last year, although full access won’t happen until 2024.

Qatar Airways adds Düsseldorf

The brand-new, 2,957-mile (4,759km) route will launch on November 15th. It won’t technically be long-haul as it is just shy of 3,000 miles (4,828km). It’ll be served 1x daily by 254-seat B787-8s, its commonest type to Europe. It has the fewest seats of all of its widebodies, including the fewest business seats, meaning it is less risky on new routes as traffic builds and during off-peak times.

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Based on its first week of service, its schedule is as follows, with all times local. While it has a split schedule, normally to increase connectivity, arriving back in Doha at 02:30 – as it will on five days of the week – is pretty unusual for onward connectivity. In mid-November, only a handful of European services will arrive 01: 00-03: 00, with Düsseldorf joining Budapest, Istanbul Airport, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, and Kyiv (if it is back by then).

  • Doha to DüsseldorfQR85: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 08: 00-12: 45; Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 12: 20-17: 05
  • Düsseldorf to Doha: QR86, Tuesdays, Wednesdays15: 25-23: 20; Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 18: 35-02: 30 + 1

Qatar Airways’ Europe / Caucasus network when Düsseldorf (highlighted) begins. Image: OAG.

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The schedule and aircraft change later

Later this winter, Qatar Airways’ Düsseldorf schedule later changes to an exclusively 08:00 departure from Doha and 23:20 arrival back home. It means it’ll be fed by and will feed Qatar Airways’ largest banks of flights to / from Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the broader Middle East.

Next summer, it switches to 311-seat B787-9s, providing an extra 57 seats per departure. The number of business seats will rise by 36%.

Düsseldorf will switch to the B787-9 next summer. Photo: Qatar Airways.

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Qatar Airways’ fourth Germany route

Düsseldorf joins Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich in Qatar Airways’ Germany network. In the week beginning November 15th, when Düsseldorf starts, the oneworld airline will have 51x weekly passenger flights to the country. It’ll be the airlines’ sixth most-served nation by flights, according to OAG, after the USA, India, Saudi Arabia, UK, and UAE. It’ll rise by one place, pushing Iraq to seventh.


Its German network in mid-November is summarized below, with the aircraft appearing in order of the number of flights:

  1. Berlin: 9x weekly; B787-9 and B787-8
  2. Düsseldorf: 1x daily; B787-8
  3. Frankfurt: 3x daily; B787-9, B777-300ER, B787-8, B777-200LR
  4. Munich: 2x daily; B787-9, B787-8, B777-300ER, B777-200LR

Notice Berlin, a market highly coveted by Emirates, which it has sought to serve for years. Germany’s existing bilateral with the UAE means it is limited to serving four German airports from Dubai. It already does this with flights to Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich. It could add Berlin by giving up one of the others, but it has refused to do so. Instead, it favors waiting, lobbying, and threatening, including by potentially relaunching fifth freedom flights to the US.

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