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QATAR AIRWAYS’ DREAMLINER DEBUTS IN INDIA

Airline Introduces The 787 Dreamliner Service On Delhi And Bangalore Routes

19 Aug 2013

Mumbai, INDIA – Qatar Airways has announced plans to extend its Boeing 787 Dreamliner route network to India with the launch of services to and from Delhi and Bangalore starting September 01, 2013. The introduction of the state-of-the-art Dreamliner service promises the airlines’ passengers with an unparalleled level of service, comfort and travel experience.

Commenting on the occasion, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “In line with our commitment to offer our passengers the most exceptional travel experience, we are delighted to introduce Qatar Airways’ Dreamliner on two of our important Indian routes. The introduction of our Dreamliner service provides our passengers with an unbeatable level of service and comfort besides reiterating our firm belief in the 787s unrivalled capabilities and the value it will add to Qatar Airways’ plans to continue delivering on its promise of quality.”

“Our 787s provide a game-changing experience with specially designed interiors, spacious cabins and custom-made seats in both Business and Economy Class. We are confident that our patrons flying to and from Delhi and Bengalore routes will luxuriate in the enhanced travel experience on-board the Qatar Airways’ Dreamliner,” Al Baker added.

Qatar Airways has 254 custom-made seats across its 787 Business and Economy Class cabins with specially designed interiors. Business Class is configured 1–2–1 with 22 seats, while Economy has a 232 seating capacity in a 3–3–3 layout. All seats in Business Class are fully reclinable.

The airline’s 787s are the world’s first fully connected Dreamliners with wireless facilities for passengers to remain in touch with friends and colleagues on the ground through the internet and SMS mobile texting across both Business and Economy cabins. The 787 Dreamliners complement the ultra luxurious customer service and experience Qatar Airways promises to its passengers.

India remains to be a key market for Qatar Airways having an extensive route network offering 95 passenger flights non-stop each week from 12 gateway cities to Doha. Currently, Indian operations cover daily services to Doha from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Trivandrum, Chennai and Bangalore, together with 11-flights-a-week from Cochin and double daily flights from Delhi.

Flights from India connect via Doha to popular cities in Qatar Airways’ global network including London, New York, Montreal, Washington, Dubai, Nairobi, Paris, Frankfurt and Oslo.

Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar has taken delivery of eight of its 60 Dreamliners and has been flying the aircraft from Doha to Dubai, London, Munich, Stockholm, Riyadh, Jeddah, Zurich and Frankfurt. The airline will also be flying the Dreamliner to Oslo and Copenhagen from September.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 128 key business and leisure destinations worldwide.

Qatar Airways has so far launched six destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman) and Basra (Iraq).  Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Chengdu, China (September 3) and the newly-announced routes of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 28) and Philadelphia, USA (2 April 2014).

To view a video clip about Qatar Airways 787 Dreamliners, please visit www.qatarairways.com/787

QATAR AIRWAYS’ BOEING 787 INDIAN ROUTES SCHEDULES

Delhi

DOHA – DELHI (Daily)

Depart Doha on QR232 at 2100hrs, arrive in Delhi at 0325hrs (next day)

DELHI – DOHA (Daily)
Depart Delhi on QR233 at 0450hrs, arrive in Doha at 0630hrs

Bangalore

DOHA – BANGALORE (Daily)
Depart Doha on QR226 at 2020hrs, arrive in Bangalore at 0310hrs (next day)

BANGALORE – DOHA (Daily)
Depart Bangalore on QR227 at 0440hrs, arrive in Doha at 0625hrs

Humayun's Tomb in Delhi, built in 1562-1571 CE.

Humayun's Tomb in Delhi, built in 1562-1571 CE.

Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore

Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore

For press release images & captions:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/sets/72157635132136753/

Notes to Editors:

Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France in June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East. The airline has also been named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport named Best Premium Service Airport for the third consecutive year in 2013. Qatar Airways has also twice been recipient of the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012.

Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry.

Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 family of aircraft. Qatar Airways will become the first of the major Gulf carriers to join a global alliance having been invited into the oneworld group. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com

For further information contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 44302072, Fax: +974 44302069
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com