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Qatar Airways Signs Fly Rail Tie-Up with Eurostar

London, UK – Qatar Airways has signed a new commercial deal with Eurostar, the high-speed train service that links the UK with France and Belgium, to sell rail tickets through its reservation offices.

The agreement enables Qatar Airways passengers travelling from the airline’s hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, to either London Heathrow or Paris Charles de Gaulle, to have the rail segment of their itinerary booked on the airline ticket.

Award-winning Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, currently operates twice daily scheduled flights to Heathrow and daily to Paris using three-class Airbus A330 aircraft.

Last month the airline took delivery of its biggest aircraft, the Airbus A330-300 for use primarily on the Heathrow and Paris routes.

The 259-seat aircraft features a brand new First, Business and Economy Class with innovative inflight features. It is the first of 14 A330-300s to be delivered to Qatar Airways over the next few years.

Passengers can enjoy two-centre breaks through the Eurostar partnership: flying into either the British or French capitals, spending a few days on business or leisure and then taking the train across the Channel before returning to Doha.

Eurostar operates up to 16 daily train services between Waterloo International Station in London and Paris Gare du Nord in the centre of the French capital with a journey time of just 2 hours 35 minutes, travelling at speeds of up to 186mph (300 km/h).

For those flying to London, passengers also have the option of taking Eurostar to the Belgian capital Brussels in 2 hours 15 minutes or to Disneyland Resort Paris in 2hrs 50mins.

Announcing the tie-up at World Travel Market in London, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker said the Eurostar agreement was another step to facilitate ease of travel between three of Europe’s leading capitals and give passengers greater choice.

“Qatar Airways now offers a link between London and both Paris and Brussels thanks to this tie-up with Eurostar. We are happy to be partners with Eurostar, even more so this year as it celebrates its 10th anniversary of cross-Channel services.

“Our passengers have the convenience of booking their Eurostar journeys at any our reservation offices and the travel coupon will be incorporated into the ticket document.”

Added Al Baker: ”Qatar Airways is expanding at a phenomenal rate, spreading its wings to exciting new global destinations to cater for growing demand from a diverse group of business and leisure travellers and letting them sample our award-winning service.”

Earlier this year, Qatar Airways 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 from Skytrax, an independent aviation quality monitoring agency.

Alain van West, Eurostar’s Director of International Sales, said: “We are always looking for ways to make it easier for travellers to buy Eurostar tickets –- the partnership with Qatar Airways does just this.

“Travellers can now plan a trip which combines visits to two different exciting European cities, or schedule business meetings in two different European countries with a seamless connection between the two on Eurostar.”

Qatar Airways currently operates scheduled flights from Doha to 53 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East. By the end of 2005, the airline will operate to at least 70 destinations, including cities in North America and Australia.

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

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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