Qatar Airways Doha to Penang Flights Launched

Doha Penang Direct Flights Qatar Airways

Incredible airline news as Qatar Airways is starting its Doha to Penang direct flights in 2018. This is a shock to many states in Malaysia on the direct Middle East flight to the Pearl of the Orient. 

The three-weekly direct flight will start on Feb 8 2018, and will be a long-haul flight on Qatar Airways.

The aircraft used will be the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which will seat approximately 254 passengers and take 8.5 hours one way.

Qatar Airways Doha to Penang Flights

Penang Qatar Direct Flights
Penang is one of the must-visit destinations in Malaysia, rich with culture, food, and heritage.

Penang has long been one of the must-visit destinations of Malaysia for many decades. In the past few years, Penang Island has made international travel headlines, where Lonely Planet, CNN Travel, and other international publications have named Penang as one of the top cities in the world to visit. 

The Pearl of the Orient, as it is also known, has impressed many high-yield tourists from the West for many years.

Penang also has over 200 years of solid history where the British first landed here in 1786, making the island the first spot for the British colonial era. 

From that, the island has seen a rich and diverse melting pot of races that have thrived over the centuries.

George Town is the capital of Penang and is also home to one of two UNESCO World Heritage Cities in Malaysia. The other is Melaka.

Doha Penang Flights
Penang's very unique and interesting shops in George Town.

Why Penang is famous is also due to the highly diverse combination of food, culture, and history, all combined into one destination.

Penang food is world-renowned and serves some of the best local Malaysian hawker fares. Ask any Malaysian about Penang hawker food, and you will get a thumbs up. 

With news of Qatar Airways flying directly into Penang from Doha, this will surely increase tourism on the island.

As for facilities, the island has been ready for years, and you can find luxurious hotels, resorts, boutique accommodations, and many guesthouses.

Doha Penang Direct Flight Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways will begin direct flights from Doha to Penang in Feb 2018.

Qatar Airways Doha Penang Flight Information
  • Doha to Penang Inaugural Flight will take off on Feb 6, 2018
  • Flight QR850 will land in Penang at 2.30 pm local time.
  • Penang to Doha Inaugural Flight will leave at 8.30 pm on Feb 6, 2018
  • Flight QR851 will arrive at 11.20 pm Qatar local time.
  • 3 flights weekly will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Penang Island is also home to the world's smallest national park, easily visited in just half a day.

Temples of all sorts away from the cultural tourists while exploring the UNESCO core heritage zone in George Town by foot is an adventure waiting to be experienced.

For anyone heading to Penang for the first time, you may experience a culture shock, but definitely a good one.

And here is a list of free things to do in Penang while you are here. The island is small; therefore, most things can be done around the George Town area.


Till Qatar Airways launches its direct flights to Penang this February 2018, the island is ever ready to receive guests from anywhere in the world.

This also means that Penangites can soon visit the Middle East and other European countries with the Penang to Doha direct flights from Qatar Airways.

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Blogging since 2007, but writing online since 1997. I belong to the 1st generation of worldwide bloggers, which is of course old-school. Since 2008, I created Malaysia Asia and this travel, flood, gadget and lifestyle blog has won numerous physical awards from tourism boards around Malaysia. (Not those online awards). After 12 years of blogging, I have semi-retired and now blog about things I like, do product reviews and enjoy life. My work has been featured in Lonely Planet, CNN Travel, Yahoo Travel, Wall Street Journal, and many other international publications. Find out more about me and thank you.

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