Come April 10, 2013, Qatar Airways will land and take off from Chicago's O'Hare airport daily.
Chicago will be Qatar Airway's fourth U.S. gateway, after New York (JFK), Washington (IAD) and Houston (IAH).
Qatar Airways was recently ranked the World's Best Airline in the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the second year in a row.
Deploying Boeing 777-300
Qatar Airways intends to deploy its flagship long-haul Boeing 777-300 Extended Range passenger aircraft on the Doha–Chicago
The Chicago service will feature 335 seats in a two-class configuration of 42 Business Class seats and 293 in Economy.
Flying time between Doha and Chicago will be about 15 hours.
Qatar Airways has long eyed Chicago as a major destination that would appeal to travelers from across its vast passenger network.
The airline considers Chicago a key route for business and leisure travellers and plans to connect them from cities in India, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific to the Midwest with a one-stop service via Doha.
There's a large Asian community in Chicago for whom the new flight will be a big convenience and an extra option.
The announcement of the Chicago gateway comes as Qatar Airways celebrates the fifth anniversary of its operations to North America.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said, "For the people of Chicago and the Midwest, we look forward to offering a great travel experience on the world’s best airline to cities across our network with one-stop convenience through our Doha hub."
Qatar Airways is already operating twice-weekly cargo flights to Chicago O’Hare.
Departs Doha at 0915 hrs, Arrives Chicago at 1550 hrsQR992
Departs Chicago at 2130 hrs, Arrives Doha at 1900 next day
Qatar Airways - New Routes
Qatar Airways has lately been on an aggressive expansion trajectory.
Since January, the airline has launched flights to Baku (Azerbaijan), Tbilisi (Georgia), Kigali (Rwanda), Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq), Baghdad (Iraq), Perth (Australia) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) and has more routes planned for the rest of the year.
In the coming months, Qatar Airways will commence services to a portfolio of new routes, including Yangon, Myanmar (October 3) and Maputo, Mozambique (October 31). A service to the Serbian capital Belgrade is also on the horizon.