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Qatar Airways Upgrades Cebu Route To Airbus A330

Cebu, PHILIPPINES – Award-winning Qatar Airways has upgraded its Doha – Cebu route with the new state-of-the-art Airbus A330-200 aircraft offering the latest in inflight comfort and amenities.

The A330 is the backbone of Qatar Airways’ long-haul fleet to destinations as far as Europe, South Africa and the Far East with aircraft equipped with either two-class or three-class cabins.

The bigger capacity aircraft being used to the southern Philippine city of Cebu operates three-times-a-week via Singapore. The widebody A330-200 flies in a two-class configuration of up to 247 seats in Economy and 24 in Business. Until now, the service was operated with the smaller Airbus A300.

With the new aircraft on the route, it offers Qatar Airways’ award-winning Audio Video On Demand Waves interactive entertainment system, allowing passengers in every seat to choose from an extensive list of international new release films and short programmes to view on their individual TV screens, and listen to an extensive list of CDs and radio channels.

The system gives passengers greater control of their inflight entertainment. The video option enables passengers to play, forward, rewind and pause programmes to give them more functionality.

New A330s are gradually being introduced into the fleet and are equipped with the following features.

Business Class

  • 60-inch pitch (55-inch on selected A330-200s)
  • Seats in 2-2-2 configuration
  • Seats convert into two-metre bed length
  • 15-inch personal LCD TV screens (50% bigger than on selected A330-200s)
  • Laptop power point
  • 5 pre-programmed electronic seat controls (aircraft take-off, meal, upright position, relax, sleeping)
  • Personal in-seat telephone
  • Seat position memory function
  • Back massage control functions
  • Seat design by Recaro, of Germany

Economy Class

  • Up to 34-inch seat pitch
  • Personal in-seat telephone
  • Ergonomically designed seats to provide more comfort with greater shin space and living space than selected A330- 200s
  • 9-inch personal LCD TV screens (40% bigger than on selected A330-200s)
  • Individual footrests
  • Seat design by Recaro, of Germany

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the revised Cebu operation reinforced the airline’s commitment to operate routes with increased capacity and provide passengers with greater comfort.

“Cebu has been a highly successful route for us and it provides excellent connections for passengers travelling on our network to Europe and rest of the Middle East via our Doha hub,” he said.

“Additional capacity into Cebu is part of Qatar Airways’ ongoing strategy to develop Asia into a key component of the airline’s global operations.”

He added: “I am sure passengers flying on our state-of-the-art A330s will have an experience of a lifetime, travelling in a modern aircraft with all the latest inflight amenities and excellent standards of inflight service that we are renowned for around the world.”

Qatar Airways currently operates scheduled flights from its hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, to 66 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East. The Indian capital New Delhi was the latest destination to join Qatar Airways’ route network on July 14. Nairobi follows 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. Qatar Airways plans to acquire up to 80 aircraft, comprising 60 of the new generation A350s and 20 Boeing 777s worth a total US$15.2 billion over the next 10 years.

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

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

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