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Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways is upgrading its Doha – Singapore route with a new daily non-stop service operated by bigger capacity aircraft, beginning on July 15.
The existing service operates daily using an Airbus A300 with four of the flights flying via the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
With the new daily non-stop service, passengers will benefit from a shorter flight and experience Qatar Airways' larger capacity widebody Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which features a fully interactive inflight entertainment system in every seat.
The Singapore route will be operated in a two-class configuration of up to 247 seats in Economy and 24 in Business. The A330 is the backbone of Qatar Airways' long-haul fleet to destinations as far as Europe, South Africa and Far East, with some aircraft also equipped with a First Class cabin.
Earlier this year, Qatar Airways expanded capacity between Doha, the airline's operational hub and capital of the State of Qatar, and Singapore from five-flights-a-week to a daily service to meet growing demand from business and leisure travellers flying between Europe, the Middle East, and south-east Asia.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker s aid the revised Singapore services reinforced the airline's commitment to operate routes with greater capacity to provide passengers with more convenient flights to and from the island city-state.
“Singapore has been a highly successful route for us since we launched the service in November 2003,” he said.
“Having recently turned the Singapore route into a daily service, we are now pleased to announce these flights will all be non-stop which means greater convenience for our passengers.
“The Singapore flights will offer excellent connections for passengers travelling on our network to Europe and rest of the Middle East via our Doha hub.”
All the flights from Doha are late night departures, arriving into Singapore in time for lunch in the city.
Marwan Koleilat, Qatar Airways' Singapore-based Area Manager Commercial Operations Far East and Australasia added: “Extra capacity into Singapore is part of Qatar Airways' ongoing strategy to develop Asia into a key component of the airline's global operations.”
Qatar Airways currently operates scheduled flights from Doha to 65 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East. The Indian capital New Delhi will be added to Qatar Airways' route network on July 15, followed by Nairobi on November 15.
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.
The airline has a modern fleet of 40 all-Airbus aircraft, which will almost double within a few years. Earlier this month, Akbar Al Baker announced plans at the Paris Air Show for Qatar Airways to acquire up to 80 aircraft, comprising 60 of the new generation A350s and 20 Boeing 777s worth a total US$15.2 billion.
The airline is one of the launch customers of the twin-deck A380 ‘super jumbos' with four aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2009 to coincide with the opening of the New Doha International Airport.
Qatar Airways recently retained its status as one of only a select-few Five Star-ranked airlines in the world by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency.
Skytrax also named Qatar Airways' cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the third year running and fifth best in the world following a survey of more than 12 million passengers worldwide, while the airline also maintained its position as being among the world's top 10 carriers.
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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