Qatar Airways has celebrated the commencement of its daily, non-stop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha.
Commenting during a press conference held at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, group chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker said: "Los Angeles is one of the great centres of world aviation and will become a vital component in our expanding global network.
"We look forward to introducing Angelenos to our award-winning signature service, with access to more than 150 destinations around the world, through our central hub in Doha. Thank you to everyone who has made this historic route possible."
In addition to passenger services, the new route opens up cargo capacity to Los Angeles with the addition of a fourth weekly freighter starting January 19.
The new route comes as the airline continues to expand and enhance services across the country. Los Angeles is the 8th USA destination for Qatar Airways, with new services planned to Boston (BOS) on March 16 and Atlanta (ATL) on June 1 and a second daily flight scheduled to commence from New York's JFK Airport in April.