First Qatar Airways Flight Transits Saudi Arabian Airspace Since 2017 - Simple Flying


Qatar Airways is marking a landmark moment today with its flight to Johannesburg from Doha. This is no ordinary service. The historic trip is the first time that the flag carrier of Qatar traveled through Saudi Arabian Airspace since June 2017.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-900
The aircraft that is performing the flight is a Qatar Airways Airbus A350-900. Photo: Qatar Airways

The first of many

Qatar Airways shared earlier this evening that it has started to reroute some flights through Saudi airspace. Flight QR 1365 is the first of the services to fly in this direction since the blockade started on the country by several of its neighbors. There was finally a resolution to the situation this week.

According to, QR 1365 had a scheduled departure time from Hamad International of 20:45 and is due to arrive at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International at 04:35 tomorrow (all times are local). At the time of writing, the plane is just passing the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah on its way to the South African city. Map Qatar Airways Saudi
With this course, the plane travels coast to coast