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MOSCOW, Russia – Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar celebrated 10 years of service to Moscow with a press conference and gala dinner.
Qatar Airways is currently operating 12 weekly flights to Russia’s Domodedovo Airport. The Moscow – Doha route is operated with an Airbus 321 aircraft offering 12 seats in Business Class and up to 170 in Economy.
Due to popular demand, Qatar Airways’ flights to Moscow grew from 7 to 10 flights per week in February 2010 and again from 10 to 12 weekly flights from September 2013.
Russia is also a very popular market for Qatar Executive, the airline’s luxury private jet division which offers customers the convenience of booking an aircraft in as little as four hours before departure, access to premium airport lounges, and check-in 30 minutes prior to take off.
During the press conference, Qatar Airways Country Manager Russia, Nazir Abduvakhidov said: “The past decade has been a remarkable journey for the Qatar Airways team in Russia and also our loyal passengers. On behalf of the airline, I thank the Government, Airport and Civil Aviation Authorities in Russia for ten years of continuous support.”
From right: Senior Manager Eastern Europe Giovanni Simonini and Country Manager Russia & Ukraine, Nazir Abduvakhidov pictured during the Press Conference in Moscow
Qatar Airways offers one of the quickest connections for passengers, with a minimum connecting time at Doha International Airport of just 45 minutes.
Qatar Airways’ passengers travelling in First or Business Class can enjoy the airline’s dedicated Premium Terminal, which is seen as a benchmark in the region and, indeed, rest of the world. The terminal is designed to create an inviting ambience. First-class passengers can enjoy excellent facilities available such as a spa, jacuzzi and sauna. First- and Business-class passengers can enjoy extensive duty-free shopping, fine dining, use the business centre and check their emails, or just watch TV in the serene surroundings of fantastic water features.
Qatar Airways will also be the mainline airline operator of the new Hamad International Airport (HIA) which will accommodate 24 million passengers annually when it opens early next year, increasing to 50 million beyond 2015. HIA promises to be a world-class facility ensuring that all passengers have a truly five-star experience that they fully deserve.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 128 aircraft to 133 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.
In 2013, Qatar Airways has launched 11 destinations to date – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq), Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), Chengdu (China), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Ta’if (Saudi Arabia) and most recently, Clark Manila International Airport (Philippines).
Over the next few months, the network will grow further with Hangzhou, China (December 20), Sharjah, UAE (March 1, 2014), Dubai World Central, UAE (March 1, 2014), Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28, 2014) and Miami, USA (10 June 2014).
Flight schedules, between Moscow and Doha, are as follows:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Depart Moscow QR232 at 1445 hrs, arrive Doha 1905 hrs
Depart Doha QR231 at 0730 hrs, arrive Moscow 1345
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Depart Moscow QR230 at 1950 hrs, arrive Doha 0005 hrs next day
Depart Doha QR229 at 1235 hrs, arrive Moscow 1855
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 the 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. On 30 October 2013, Qatar Airways has joined the oneworld global alliance. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com.