Qatar: National Flag Carrier Qatar Airways today added a new destination to its rapidly expanding route network with the inaugural non-stop service to Tripoli.
On board the Airbus A300-600 with a three-class layout, was a delegation of senior Qatar Airways’ staff, led by General Manager Commercial Mr. Mohamed Saleh Fakhri; and Regional Manager Qatar and Africa, Mr. Fathi Al Shehab. The delegation included invited representatives of the local press.
Commenting on the occasion of the inaugural flight, Mr. Mohamed Fakhri said: ”We are very pleased to be able to offer this direct flight to Tripoli. The Libyan market is ready for a regular non-stop service between Doha and Tripoli,
“With tourism to Libya picking up and increasing trade relations between Libya and its Arab partners in the Gulf, this route will be providing a convenient connection between the Gulf States and the Mediterranean port of Tripoli. It will also make the Gulf States easily accessible to travellers from Libya coming through Doha International Airport,” he pointed out.
The thrice-weekly flights to Tripoli will continue on to Casablanca, Morocco’s commercial and tourism capital, offering a direct service between Doha and the two major North African cities.
Tripoli, the land of three cities, has been a trading post for more than 2,000 years and has much to offer its visitors. Full of history, tradition and flanked by the Mediterranean Sea on the one side and the Sahara desert on the other, the city is the starting point for both, tourists and business travellers to Libya.
Tripoli is Qatar Airways fourth destination on the African continent, and the 45th destination on the award-winning airline’s international route network.
Following the recently announced services to Vienna, Austria, starting from November 19, and Singapore and Cebu in the southern Philippines, starting from December 10, 2003, Qatar Airways will be reaching 48 international destinations by early next month.
Within the next two years one of the fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways, is planning to reach 60 destinations worldwide.
Qatar Airways Holidays will be providing package tours from Qatar to Tripoli in the near future, officials said.
Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
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