Qatar Airways has today commenced services between Edinburgh and Doha’s new airport, Hamad International.

The inaugural flight, which landed into Edinburgh International Airport at 13:15, was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute and the sound of bagpipes.

The gulf carrier said the route will “significantly” reduce journey times for those travelling from Edinburgh, with frequent connection times in Doha.

Inaugural flight welcomed with traditional water cannon salute and the sound of bagpipes

“We are sure that this will not only benefit the local market in Scotland, but also attract a significant amount of business and trade links for those wishing to travel to Edinburgh from all corners of the world,” said Qatar Airways’ CCO Marwan Koleilat.

The Edinburgh route will be serviced by a 787 Dreamliner, comprising of 22 seats in business class and 232 economy class seats. It will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Flight QR027 departs Doha at 0800 and arrives in Edinburgh at 1315 local time. Return service QR028 leaves Edinburgh at 1445 and lands in Doha at 2340 local time.

Scottish minister for external affairs and international development Humza Yousaf, said: “Scotland and Qatar are both strong oil and gas producing countries and the relationship between our two countries has continued to strengthen over recent years. 

“This service will help build on this important link and promote Scotland as a great place to do business. By removing the need for extra connecting flights, it will also make Scotland a more attractive destination for tourists,” he added.

Qatar Airways this week moved into its new hub at Hamad International Airport. It was due to open in 2012 but has been dogged by numerous delays, resulting in its opening being postponed a few times.

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