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The second jet on Qatar Airways’ new Houston to Doha direct route will bear the name “Gaza” as a show of solidarity with the people in that war-torn area.

The Boeing 777-200 long range aircraft is the first of the airline’s 67 planes to be named for anything outside of Qatar’s borders.

“Qatar Airways customarily names each of its aircraft after place names within the State of Qatar,” Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said at a dedication ceremony last week in the country’s capital city, Doha. “But we have made an exception in this case.”

The launch of the Houston to Doha route, linking America’s energy capital with the largest natural gas hub in the Middle East, is scheduled for March 30, and should eliminate the need for travelers between the two cities to route through Dubai or another airport.


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