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Qatar Airways Announces A Route Network Of 70 Destinations Within Two Years

DUBAI – Qatar Airways will add another 20 new destinations to its growing route network by 2005, to fly to 70 destinations across five continents and confirm its place as one of the fastest growing airlines in the world.

Qatar Airways’ Chief Executive Officer Mr Akbar Al Baker announced today at the Arabian Travel Market that the newly crowned five-star airline will be servicing 70 destinations across five continents — including the United States — by the end of 2005,

Mr Al Baker also announced new services to Osaka, Tehran, and Johannesburg that will begin within the next year.

These new destinations are in addition to the previously announced destinations of Luxor, Istanbul, Zurich, Kabul which Qatar Airways will launch during the next six months. The airline has already begun services to Islamabad.

Today’s announcement comes hot-on-the-heels of Qatar Airways’ entry into the exclusive club of three airlines that have been awarded Five Star status by the independent airline quality monitor Skytrax.

“Qatar Airways will build a route network of 70 destinations as part of its strong service philosophy to deliver the best quality airline service in the world,” said Mr Al Baker.

“As part of that commitment I have the pleasure to announce we will be beginning new services to Osaka, Tehran, and Johannesburg by January next year,” said Mr Al Baker.

“By the end of 2005, Qatar Airways will have added 30 new destinations to its route network in just three years.

“Our recent elevation into the exclusive group of three airlines that have received Skytrax’s Five-Star rating, clearly demonstrates that Qatar Airways has maintained out high service standards while we grow. And we will continue to do so,” he said.

The new services that will begin within the year are:

  • Tehran – four-times weekly service starting on June 16, using A320 aircraft.

  • Luxor – four-times weekly service starting June 22, using A320 aircraft.

  • Istanbul – three-times weekly service starting June 30, using A320 aircraft.

  • Zurich – four-times weekly service starting July 8, using A319 aircraft.

  • Kabul – three-times weekly service starting November 11, using A320 aircraft.

  • Osaka – four-times weekly service starting December 8, using A330-200 aircraft.

  • Johannesburg – four-times weekly service starting January 15, using A330 aircraft.

  • Islamabad – twice-weekly service that started March 31, using A320 aircraft.


“Qatar Airways has established itself as a carrier of business as well as leisure travellers, and as such our new destinations consist of some popular tourist spots, as well as cities that are attractive to all kinds of travellers,” said Mr Al Baker.

“Tehran will be our 50th destination, and will start from June 16. Flying to Tehran has been on our agenda for a long time, and we are pleased that we are now opening this service.

“Qatar Airways has recently signed an agreement that allows us to commence flights to Osaka in Japan, and we are very pleased to announce this first destination to the Land of the Rising Sun.

“Japan is a country full of culture, history, innovation and advancement and we are extremely pleased to be able to offer our passengers a service to this interesting country,“ said Mr Al Baker.

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


Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
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E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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