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Doha, QATAR – To celebrate the launch of its new scheduled flights to Osaka, Qatar Airways is offering double Qmiles to members of the airline’s frequent flyer programme - Privilege Club.From 31 March 2005, Qatar Airways launches four scheduled non-stop flights a week between its operational hub of Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, and Japan’s commercial centre of Osaka.Privilege Club members will be able to earn double Qmiles for the first full month of the new service until 30 April 2005.In addition, Privilege Club members can also earn and redeem Qmiles when travelling on domestic or international services of Privilege Club partner All Nippon Airways.All Nippon Airways is one of the top 10 passenger airlines in the world with an extensive domestic network covering the whole of Japan, and 22 overseas destinations in Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific.From April 1, 2005, Qatar Airways will place its QR flight code on ANA-operated domestic flights within Japan, and between Osaka Kansai and Tokyo Haneda, Fukuoka and Sapporo, to offer its passengers with excellent connections to and from key Japanese cities.The Osaka service marks Qatar Airways’ first foray into the Japanese market and the route is expected to help meet demand from business and leisure travellers between the Middle East and Japan.Osaka is also the first new route of Qatar Airways’ summer 2005 flying programme – and the 60th destination on the airline’s growing global map.The Japanese city is Qatar Airways’ 11th Far East destination that already covers Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Manila, Cebu, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Yangon and Jakarta.The Osaka route will be operated with the modern Airbus A330-200 in a three-class configuration. The First Class cabin has 12 seats that convert to 180-degree flat beds, Business Class offers 18 seats that recline 160 degrees, while Economy features 208 seats.
The Airbus A330-200 features Qatar Airways’ award-winning Audio Video On Demand system, allowing passengers in all three classes to choose from a list of more than 40 international movies, as well as short programmes to view on their individual TV screens.Passengers can also listen to an extensive list of 250 CDs and 16 audio channels. In addition, there is a choice of 12 video games to play through the interactive TV screens.Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker said: “We are looking forward to our newest destination Osaka joining our global network.“Trade and tourism links between the Middle East and Japan are strong and Qatar Airways is now able to help meet demand for passenger and cargo traffic with our new direct flights.“Japan is a crucially important market and we are delighted to be able to offer our existing passengers and those flying with us for the first time, our award-winning Five Star service.”Qatar Airways currently operates scheduled flights from its Doha hub to 59 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East. New destinations added in recent weeks have included Seychelles, Johannesburg, Cape Town and London Gatwick.By the end of 2005, the airline plans to serve at least 70 destinations, including Athens, Tunis and Algiers.Qatar Airways operates a modern all-Airbus fleet of 39 aircraft, which will double in size over the next few years following a $5.1bn order for 34 additional Airbus jets. The airline is one of the launch customers of the twin-deck A380 ‘super jumbos’ with four aircraft on order, scheduled for delivery from 2009.As one of the fastest growing and youngest carriers in the world, Qatar Airways has made significant inroads in the global aviation industry to become an award-winning airline in just a short few years.It is one of only three airlines in the world to be ranked a Five Star carrier for excellent service and high standards by Skytrax.Skytrax, the independent aviation industry quality monitoring agency, also ranked Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as the best in the Middle East in 2004 for the second year running and fifth best in the world following a survey of more than two million passengers worldwide.
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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