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Qatar Airways Chief Executive meets with Chairman of Pakistan Senate

Islamabad, PAKISTAN: The prospects for enhanced cooperation in the fields of air travel and tourism between Qatar and Pakistan were explored at a meeting of top officials of the two countries in Islamabad recently.

The matter came up for detailed discussions at a reception hosted by Chairman of the Pakistan Senate, Mr Muhammed Mian Somroo, for the Qatar Airways delegation led by its Chief Executive Officer Mr Akbar Al Baker, for the official launch of the airline’s Islamabad service.

In attendance were the Qatari Ambassador to Pakistan H.E. Mr. Abdulla Flah Abdulla Al-Dosari, as well as Qatar Airways General Manager Commercial Mr. Mohamed Saleh Fakhri and Qatar Airways Senior Manager Commercial Operations - East Mr. Ali Al Rais.

Mr. Mian Somroo was the chief guest at a grand function organised by Qatar Airways to mark the launch of its Islamabad flight as well as the formal opening of its state-of-the-art office in the Pakistani capital.

Both the sides felt that there was ample scope for increased cooperation in the fields of tourism and travel, particularly at a time when the tourism industry has emerged as the largest industry in the world. The industry provides jobs to millions of people.

Mr Al Baker who is also chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority, promised to support Pakistan’s endeavours to promote its tourist attractions, which he felt have great potential for attracting upmarket tourists from all over the world. He said that as Qatar Airways will be flying to 70 destinations spread across the five continents by the end of next year, the airline can provide excellent connections to the people of Pakistan to major cities around the world. Also Qatar Airways will be able to fly in tourists and business travellers from across the world to Pakistani cities, he said.

Currently, Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, offers 13 direct flights between Qatar and Pakistan every week. Qatar Airways flies to all the four major cities of Pakistan; Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar.

Qatar Airways, which has been widely acclaimed as a quality airline, can truly serve the people of Pakistan as the country’s window to the rest of the world, Akbar al-Baker pointed out.

The opening ceremony of the Qatar Airways office in Islamabad was also attended by Pakistan’s Minister of Tourism, Mr Rais Munir Ahmed and Qatar’s ambassador to Pakistan Mr Abdullah Falah Abdullah al-Dosari.

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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