June 3, 2015 |
Although American, Delta, and United want to squelch the rapid U.S. growth of Persian Gulf airlines, Qatar Airways announced Monday that it will fly a larger wide-body aircraft daily between Philadelphia and Doha, the Qatari capital, starting Jan. 1, 2016. Qatar picked Philadelphia to be the first U.S. airport to fly its larger Airbus A350 XWB jet, which offers wider seats in business and economy classes, less engine noise, and mood lighting to reduce fatigue, the airline said. "Philadelphia is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S.A., and is an important international business hub that is home to seven Fortune 1000 companies," Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.
June 24, 2014 |
Sue Johnson knew the departure day was coming. She'd been through this when her husband was deployed to Iraq in 2009. But the past experience proved little comfort to Johnson, of Turnersville, as she spent the last few minutes with her husband in the shade of trees, before he joined his unit for a farewell ceremony Wednesday at Doughboy Field at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. "I don't think you can prepare for this," said Johnson, 47. "I just take it one day at a time. " Staff Sgt. Richard Johnson is one of more than 450 members of the New Jersey Army National Guard who will leave Friday for final training at Fort Bliss, Texas, then head to Qatar as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
April 24, 2014 |
Hello there Spotting Charlie at their mutual friends' rehearsal dinner, Alexis walked over to say hello. They had met a few years before, when Alexis, who is from Mount Airy, was a student at Barnard College in New York, and Charlie, from Glencoe, Ill, was at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. Mutual friends had a party at Penn. Alexis hadn't thought about Charlie until a few weeks before that June 2010 wedding, when another mutual friend suggested they might get along.
April 4, 2014 |
Mike and Sue Edmonds were on Qatar Airways' inaugural flight to Doha from Philadelphia on Wednesday, on their way to visit their daughter, 22, a teacher in Bangkok. "We got an excellent fare - $950 round-trip to Bangkok," said Sue Edmonds. "We looked into Qatar Airways because it has a good reputation. It's a long flight. We wanted to be comfortable. We're very excited. " The couple from Emmaus, Lehigh County, joined dozens of passengers boarding the 10:15 a.m. flight, which had arrived from Doha two hours earlier to cheers and a water-cannon salute at Philadelphia International Airport.
April 3, 2014 |
Bali, Casablanca, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Bangkok. Philadelphia's geographic reach is about to get wider. Qatar Airways, the flag carrier of the oil-rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar, will begin nonstop daily flights Wednesday from Philadelphia International Airport to Doha, the capital of Qatar, which borders Saudi Arabia. The Boeing 777-200 LR is expected to land at 7:30 a.m., with about 250 passengers on board, including Qatar Airway's CEO Akbar Al Baker. The plane's return flight to Doha is 10:15 a.m. Fares from Philadelphia start at $1,540 round-trip.
July 11, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Afghanistan's Taliban have shuttered a newly opened office in the Gulf state of Qatar, vowing to fight on against President Hamid Karzai's government while abandoning a diplomatic approach seen as the best hope of finding a political end to the protracted 12-year war. Experts said Tuesday that the final withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014 offered the Taliban the hope of a military victory while limiting their incentive...
June 26, 2013 |
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - With a few words in a short speech, Qatar's huge energy riches and its expanding political influence passed into the hands of a 33-year-old ruler Tuesday in a seamless transition from a region where old-guard leaders have been toppled by the Arab Spring. The transfer from father to son was stunning for both its simplicity and far-reaching repercussions. It quietly brought a new generation to the forefront of Middle East affairs in an apparent Gulf-style riposte to the pressures for a new style of leadership inspired by the region's upheavals: More youthful and possibly more attuned to demands for a greater public voice in political decision-making.
June 23, 2013 |
DOHA, Qatar - The Syrian opposition's major international backers agreed here Saturday to provide "urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment" to rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The agreement did not specify what kinds of weapons would be sent or which supporters would provide what. But officials attending the Doha conference said that both Saudi Arabia and Qatar are prepared to quickly supply shoulder-launched antiaircraft missiles and armor-piercing shells to be used against Assad's air force and tanks.
June 21, 2013
KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban leaders proposed a deal in which they would free a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their most senior operatives at Guantánamo Bay, while Afghan President Hamid Karzai eased his opposition yesterday to joining planned peace talks. The idea of releasing these Taliban prisoners has been controversial. U.S. negotiators hope they would join the peace process but fear they might simply return to the battlefield, and Karzai once scuttled a similar deal partly because he felt the Americans were usurping his authority.
June 19, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban and the United States said Tuesday they would hold talks within days on finding a political solution to ending nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan, as the international coalition formally handed over control of the country's security to the Afghan army and police. The Taliban met a key U.S. demand by pledging not to use Afghanistan as a base to threaten other countries, although the Americans said it must also denounce al-Qaeda. President Obama cautioned that the process won't be quick or easy.