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Doha, QATAR – To celebrate the launch of Qatar Airways’ new scheduled flights to the Indian capital New Delhi, the airline is offering a two-fold incentive to members of its frequent flyer programme, Privilege Club.With the launch of the Delhi route tomorrow, Privilege Club members can earn double Qmiles for the first full month of the new service. In addition, members will receive a 50 per cent discount on mileage redemption for travel on the Delhi route for a limited one-month period.The redemption benefits mean Privilege Club members, who normally need to redeem 20,000 Qmiles for an Economy seat, will only have to use up 10,000 Qmiles.In Business Class, the full redemption award is reduced from 25,000 Qmiles to 12,500 Qmiles after the discount. All the figures are based on travel during low season.Award-winning Qatar Airways will operate seven flights a week non-stop between Doha, the airline’s operational hub and capital of the State of Qatar, and New Delhi, from July 14.The route will be operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business and 132 in Economy. The Delhi route will offer excellent connections over Doha to and from European and Middle East cities served by Qatar Airways.Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he was delighted that the airline was marking the launch of its latest destination with a two-fold incentive for Privilege Club members.“We have been looking forward to launching services to Delhi for some time and we are pleased to mark the launch with this special offer for our most loyal customers,” he said.“Our Privilege Club frequent flyer programme has been recognised as one of the best in the Middle East and we are only too pleased to be able to provide our loyal customers with a token of our appreciation to mark the launch of the new flights to Delhi.”Added Iain Webster, Qatar Airways’ Senior Manager Loyalty: “This introductory bonus is anadditional 'thank you' for the support of our most loyal customers. I also look forward towelcoming many new members from India to Privilege Club."Qatar Airways currently operates 19 scheduled flights a week between Doha and four Indian destinations – Cochin, Trivandrum, Hyderabad and Mumbai.This summer, the airline will increase capacity to India with 11 additional flights a week taking the number of services to 30 across five Indian cities, including Delhi.Qatar Airways currently operates scheduled flights from Doha to 65 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East. The airline will add the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to its growing list of destinations from November 15.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 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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