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Qatar Airways Celebrates The Opening Of Its New Office In Islamabad

ISLAMABAD – A senior delegation of Qatar Airways representatives officially opened the airline’s new office in Islamabad earlier this week and officially inaugurated its new twice-weekly Islamabad service that began on April 1.

The delegation, led by Chief Executive Officer Mr. Akbar Al Baker, also included the General Manager Commercial Mr. Mohamed Saleh Fakhri and Senior Manager Commercial Operations - East Mr. Ali Al Rais.

In a special ceremony, the Minister of Tourism in Pakistan H.E. Mr. Rais Munir Ahmed, the Qatari Ambassador to Pakistan H.E. Mr. Abdulla Flah Abdulla Al-Dosari, and the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways Mr. Akbar Al Baker officially inaugurated the Doha – Islamabad route with the opening of Qatar Airways’ new office. The Chief guest of the ceremony was Mr. Muhammad Mian Somroo Chairman Senate.

At a press conference held earlier at the Serena Hotel, Mr. Al Baker expressed his delight to be in Islamabad: “I am very pleased to finally be able to open this route officially.

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

“This route reflects Qatar Airways’ strong commitment to serve the people of Pakistan and provide a direct route from our country to the capital city of Pakistan.

“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 end of the year 2005, we will be able to offer connections to 70 destinations around the globe.

“We have been intending to open this service for a long time, and it is very satisfying that we are flying into Islamabad two times per week. Together with our other regular services to Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar, we offer thirteen direct flights between Qatar and Pakistan every week,” Mr. Al Baker said.

Qatar Airways has recently been awarded the exclusive honour to be one of only three worldwide airlines to have been granted the Five-star status by independent airline quality monitor Skytrax. Additionally, the airline was voted into seventh place in the ranking of best worldwide airlines, jumping up from 24th place last year.

One of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways has recently received two new Airbus A321s, part of a delivery of thirteen aircraft this year.

As part of the expansion plan the airline has announced that it will be flying to Tehran and Luxor in June, Zurich and Istanbul in July, and Kabul, Osaka, Johannesburg by January 2005. Serving 60 destinations by early 2005, Qatar airways will be flying to 70 global destinations by the end of 2005.

Qatar Airways flies 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 hrs local time.

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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