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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
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