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Qatar Airways Exhibits With Dedicated Stand For First Time At Premier Travel Show

London, UK – Award-winning Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, is exhibiting with a dedicated stand for the first time at World Travel Market (WTM) in London from November 8-11.

The airline, national carrier of the State of Qatar in the Arabian Gulf, operates scheduled flights from the capital Doha to 53 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East. By the end of 2005, the airline will serve at least 70 destinations, including cities in North America and Australia.

During WTM, Qatar Airways will be promoting its new winter 2004/2005 destinations from Doha.

Over the next three months, six exciting new routes – Beijing, Seychelles, London Gatwick, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Yangon – will be added to the global network from Doha, further positioning Qatar Airways as a truly international brand.

The new routes and schedules starting from Doha this winter are:

Beijing3 times a week, beginning 25 November 2004
London Gatwickdaily, beginning 26 November 2004
Seychelles4 times a week, beginning 1 December 2004
Yangon4 times a week, beginning 8 January 2005
Johannesburg4 times a week, beginning 16 January 2005
Cape Town4 times a week, beginning 16 January 2005

A visiting delegation from head office in Doha led by Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker will be attending the four-day show, one of the world’s premier travel trade events, being held at the Excel Exhibition Centre in the Docklands, east London.

The new two-tier exhibition stand features a reception desk with seating area for meetings and presentations, together with a refreshment area where Qatar Airways cabin crew will be serving Arabic coffee and dates.

On the upper deck there is a VIP area for meetings. The stand also has a 6 metre curved graphic feature wall in Qatar Airways’ corporate colours of burgundy and grey.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker said WTM presented a perfect opportunity to showcase the airline to a global audience under one roof.

“World Travel Market is one of the world’s leading travel industry events,” he said, adding: “We are pleased to have our own stand at the show for the first time because the airline is growing at a phenomenal pace opening up new routes and adding new and modern aircraft.

”Qatar Airways is spreading its wings to exciting new global destinations to cater for growing demand from a diverse group of business and leisure travellers.”

Qatar Airways launched operations in 1997 with only four aircraft – today it operates a fleet of 36 all-Airbus aircraft averaging less than three years old. The fleet will nearly double in size over the next few years following a $5.1bn order for 34 additional Airbus jets.

The airline has won a string of accolades during 2004, including three awards from Skytrax, an independent aviation quality monitoring agency.

These include ranking Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as the best in the Middle East and fifth best in the world following an annual survey of more than two million passengers comprising 93 different nationalities. Crew was assessed on service delivery, efficiency, attentiveness, friendliness, presentation and consistency.

Skytrax also placed Qatar Airways 8th best in the world in the inflight entertainment category, just months after the airline received a Five Star ranking – Skytrax’s highest accolade for airline service – joining an elite club of only two other carriers to have earned such recognition.

During the 2003/2004 financial year, Qatar Airways carried 3.3m passengers, up 35% on the previous 12-month period. Passenger numbers are projected to rise sharply in the 2004/2005 period to 4.5m.

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
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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