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DOHA, Qatar -  Qatar Airways will once again participate in the world’s largest travel and trade event, ITB Berlin, from 9-13 March 2016, and is planning to make a significant network announcement. The world’s fastest growing airline, with the youngest fleet, will announce new destinations, and will also reveal a new exhibition stand that will welcome guests from around the globe.

This year's stand will feature particular elements of Hamad International Airport, Qatar Airways’ new home since 2014, an airport that is quickly becoming a favourite of world travellers for its passenger-centric design. Any traveller passing through the airline’s Doha hub benefits from seamless transfers at this modern, state-of-the-art airport, which offers more than 70 shops and boutiques and 30 restaurants, world class lounges, a hotel and spa inside the airport, and sports facilities. 

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, is looking forward to another successful show in Berlin: "The way people travel is changing, and ITB showcases the latest trends and innovations. We are looking forward to leading the industry with our superior business and economy products, and to announcing exciting new destinations for our passengers. We are a young company that is growing rapidly. With a current fleet of 177 modern aircraft, we are connecting even more passengers to our global network of more than 150 destinations, and offer a product that can expertly match their travel needs. This is what we will demonstrate once again this year at ITB."

Trade fair visitors are encouraged to experience Qatar Airways' premium products and customer service for themselves in Hall 22.B, booth 207. The airline's A380 and A350 First Class and Business Class seats will be on display, with visitors invited to put them to the test. The First Class suite is equipped with an extendable, flat bed that is over 2.3 metres in length, along with a 26-inch high-definition screen. The Business Class seat extends to 2 metres long to convert into a complete bed and enjoys an entertainment system with a 17-inch high-definition screen.

The new destinations to be announced will add to an already exciting year of inaugurals. Qatar Airways recently started service to Los Angeles on 1 January, Ras Al Khaimah on 2 February and Sydney on 1 March. The airline will begin service to Boston, USA from 16 March; Birmingham, UK on 30 March; Adelaide, Australia from 2 May; Yerevan, Armenia from 15 May and Atlanta, USA from 1 June.

Qatar Airways will this year reveal a completely redesigned exhibition stand. The airline’s latest brand campaign theme ‘Going Places Together’ will be reflected in the redesign and activities, with the focus on bringing travellers closer together. Thus, the airline proposes a fresh, new direction. The ethos presented over the course of this communication strategy reflects the development of Qatar Airways as a brand and its role as a leader in the aerospace industry.

Last year's ITB show featured more than 10,000 exhibitors from over 180 countries, who presented their products and services to around 175,000 visitors. This year, the leading travel exhibition in the world celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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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 177 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.

Qatar Airways launched Oryx One in 2015, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 2,000. 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 Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 40 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 177 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

For more information, visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.

For Qatar Airways corporate images, please click here: http://www.qatarairways.com/corporateimages

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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