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Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, is expanding its presence in East Africa following an interline agreement signed with Tanzania’s largest carrier, Precision Air.
Qatar Airways' agreement with Precision Air allows to connect seamlessly to the exotic island of Zanzibar
The agreement allows Qatar Airways’ passengers to connect seamlessly via the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam to and from a wide range of East African cities, such as Moroni – the capital city of Comoros – Zanzibar, Mombasa, Arusha, Kigoma, Shinyanga, Musoma and Tabora.
With this new agreement, customers are able to purchase a single itinerary combining flights on both carriers’ global networks, affording them the ease of one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in.
Qatar Airways, recently named Airline of the Year 2011 in the annual Skytrax passenger survey, operates double daily scheduled flights to Dar es Salaam from its Doha hub.
The Precision Air partnership helps extend Qatar Airways’ reach even further across East Africa, where the airline already operates twice daily scheduled services to the Kenyan capital Nairobi and is set to launch daily flights to the Ugandan city of Entebbe from tomorrow, November 2.
Island of Zanzibar
The agreement provides passengers with seamless travel options to popular holiday destinations such as the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean, renowned for its picture-postcard beaches and beautiful landscapes, as well as the exotic island of Zanzibar.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the partnership broadened the airline’s reach to diverse markets, providing passengers with easy, seamless access.
“Through Precision Air, we are able to open up an exciting array of destinations in East Africa and very much look forward to having passengers experience our service, particularly as they may have previously used alternative gateways to get to their final destination.”
Qatar Airways flies double daily to Dar Es Salaam with an Airbus A320
The Doha – Dar es Salaam route is served with an Airbus A320 aircraft featuring up to 12 seats in Business Class and up to 132 seats in Economy. The aircraft offers seatback TV screens providing passengers with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system featuring a choice of more than 700 audio and video on demand options.
So far this year, Qatar Airways has added 13 destinations to its international map – Bucharest, Budapest, Brussels, Stuttgart, Aleppo, Shiraz, Venice, Montreal, Medina, Kolkata, Sofia, Oslo and Benghazi and is gearing up for more route expansion with a further two destinations –Entebbe and the central Chinese city of Chongqing – being inducted into the network this month.
Qatar Airways’ November – February 2012 new route highlights are:
|BENGHAZI, Libya||November 1||4 flights a week|
|ENTEBBE, Uganda||November 2||Daily non-stop flights|
|CHONGQING, China||November 28||3 flights a week|
|BAKU, Azerbaijan||February 1||Daily non-stop flights|
|TBILISI, Georgia||February 1||Daily via Baku|
|ISFAHAN, Iran||January 11||Daily non-stop flights|
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of over 100 aircraft to more than 100 business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. The airline has orders worth over US$ 40 billion for more than 200 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s, A320 Family of aircraft and Bombardier corporate jets. The rapid expansion of Qatar Airways prompted the State of Qatar to embark on one of its biggest projects – the construction of a brand new international airport in Doha, which is scheduled to open in 2012.
In addition to winning Skytrax’s prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 award during the summer, Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the sixth year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best First Class Airline Lounge. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry.