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Qatar Airways Launches Fourth Destination In Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Qatar Airways launched its new service to Islamabad today — its fourth destination in Pakistan — as it continues to expand its route network across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the Far East.

An official delegation – headed by the Regional Manager for the Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan and Central Asia Mr Ali Al Rais — was met by airport authorities on arrival early this morning.

Later in the day, Mr Ali Al Rais hosted a press conference at the Serena Hotel and expressed his pleasure to be able to add this important destination to Qatar Airways’ route network.

“I am very pleased to inaugurate Qatar Airways’ new service to Islamabad, and reiterate Qatar Airways’ strong commitment to serve the people of Pakistan,” said Mr Al Rais.

“Islamabad represents our 49th global destination, and our fourth destination in Pakistan, after Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar.

“Flying to the capital of Pakistan is an important new development, and it will prove a popular destination of interest for leisure and business travellers from Europe, who want to visit Pakistan’s thriving capital city, see the marvellous sights of Pakistan’s surrounding mountainous area and explore the long history of the country.

“Equally we are pleased to bring Qatar Airways’ renowned world class service to the people of Islamabad and offer our extensive connections to the Middle East, Europe and the Far East.

“Via our hub, Doha International Airport, we will be able to connect the people of Islamabad to all of our 48 existing destinations. By the year 2005, we will be able to offer connections to 60 destinations.

“This year we will be adding Istanbul, Luxor, Zurich, Melbourne and Kabul to our route network, and we are currently working on four other destinations, which we are hoping to announce in the near future,” Mr Al Rais said.

Qatar Airways will fly from Doha to Islamabad twice each week. Every Wednesday flight QR398 will leave Doha at 23.00 hrs, arriving in Islamabad at 4.30 hrs the next morning. On Sundays, flight QR398 will depart from Doha at 21.45 hrs, arriving in Islamabad at 3.15 hrs the following morning, local time. Flight QR399 from Islamabad to Doha will leave Islamabad Airport at 5.45 hrs, arriving at Doha International Airport at 7.25 hrs, every Thursday. On Mondays, flight QR399 will leave Islamabad at 4.30 hrs, arriving in Doha at 6.10.

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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E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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