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Qatar Airways begins flights between Edinburgh and Doha

Qatar Boeing 787 Image copyright David Bonar
Image caption Qatar Airlines will fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the new route to Doha

The first direct air link between Edinburgh and the Middle East has been officially launched.

Qatar Airlines will now fly five times a week from the Scottish capital to Doha.

The Middle Eastern carrier is using Boeing's 787 Dreamliner and offers connectivity to more than 120 destinations.

Edinburgh Airport described the launch as "a historic day" for Edinburgh and Scotland.

Chief executive Gordon Dewar said: "Today's inaugural flight to Doha marks the first direct link from Edinburgh to the Middle East and means Scotland's capital is finally connected with Asia, Australia and China.

"A direct link to Doha will not only enhance trade and culture links but will truly reaffirm Edinburgh Airport as where Scotland meets the world."

Scotland's Minister for External Affairs 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."

The service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Each flight will take less than seven hours.

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