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HYDERABAD, India – Qatar Airways’ participation at the India Aviation Show 2016 concluded on a high note with the airline bringing the very first A350 to India and welcoming hundreds of guests at the airline’s impressive chalet.

The ultra-modern A350-900 aircraft was centre-stage and was a major attraction for all visitors, including officials from the aviation industry, media, trade partners, and aviation enthusiasts.

Commenting on the successful participation at the Indian Aviation Show, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “It gives me great pleasure to see Qatar Airways playing a significant role in the India Aviation 2016 and having our A350 be the centre of attention. India is a very important market for Qatar Airways and we look forward to introducing new routes and operations catering to the demands of Indian travellers.”

H.E. Mr. Al Baker also updated the media on Qatar Airways’ plans for India and the new routes the airline plans to launch globally. Qatar Airways has been steadily growing its presence in India over the last 19 years of its operations.

The airline now serves 13 Indian cities with an overall frequency of 102 passenger flights and 30 freighter services each week.

Qatar Airways has already launched four destinations this year – Los Angeles (USA), Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), Sydney (Australia) and Boston (USA). Over the next few months, the network will continue to expand, adding: Atlanta (USA); Adelaide (Australia); Auckland (New Zealand) – the world’s longest flight; Birmingham (UK); Chiang Mai (Thailand); Douala (Cameroon); Helsinki (Finland); Krabi (Thailand); Libreville (Gabon); Lusaka (Zambia); Marrakech (Morocco); Nice (France); Pisa (Italy); Sarajevo (Bosnia); Skopje (Macedonia); Seychelles; Windhoek (Namibia); and Yerevan (Armenia).

In addition to hosting hundreds of visitors to the airline’s A350, and welcoming hundreds more to its chalet, H.E. Mr. Al Baker participated in a closed-door session with other industry, government and aviation leaders, to discuss current issues and events.

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Notes to Editors:

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 179 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Qatar Airways won Airline of the Year, Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East at the 2015 Skytrax Awards. This is the third time the airline won the accolade of Airline of the Year.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

In 2015 Qatar Airways launched Oryx One, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 3,000. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the five-star airline’s on-board Wifi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways is one of the world’s leaders in sponsoring global sporting events, including the strategic team sponsorships of FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC. Qatar Airways’ strategy reflects the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 179 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

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For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 40222072, Fax: +974 40225350
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com

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