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Qatar Airways Prepares For Greece Launch


Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways has announced the schedules for its new flights to Athens being launched on June 15. 





The Greek capital will be served non-stop six-times-a-week from Qatar Airways’ operational hub of Doha, capital of the State of Qatar. The route will be operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business and 132 in Economy. 





Athens becomes Qatar Airways’ third route launch this month following inaugural flights to Mashad in Iran, which began on June 1, and the Egyptian port city of Alexandria, scheduled to start on June 9. 





To celebrate the new Athens flights, Qatar Airways is offering members of its Privilege Club frequent flyer programme with double Qmiles for the first full month of the Greek services. 





The historic city of Athens expands Qatar Airways’ award-winning services to 65 global destinations covering Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and Asia. 





Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he was delighted to see the airline spreading its wings to new and exciting destinations, to give the travelling public greater choice. 





“Athens has tremendous history and culture and is the gateway to some beautiful islands in the Mediterranean which I am sure will be highly popular with holidaymakers as the summer season approaches,” he said. 





“We expect to see excellent traffic from the Middle East, Indian sub-continent, Asia and Africa feeding into our flights to Athens via Doha. And similarly, we look forward to welcoming passengers out of Greece to connect onto our extensive network of flights from Doha.” 



 

The new Doha – Athens schedules are:

Depart Doha International Airport
Mondays and Fridays QR472 at 1145, arrive Athens at 1620
Tuesdays and Thursdays QR474 at 0030, arrive Athens at 0505
Wednesdays and Sundays QR472 at 0850, arrive Athens at 1325

Depart Athens International Airport
Mondays and Fridays QR473 at 1720, arrive Doha at 2120
Tuesdays and Thursdays QR475 at 0715, arrive Doha at 1115
Wednesdays and Sundays QR473 at 1530, arrive Doha at 1930


Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 40 all-Airbus aircraft, which will almost double within a few years thanks largely to a $5.1bn order for 34 additional Airbus aircraft signed in 2003.

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 is one of only four airlines in the world to be ranked a Five Star carrier for excellent service and high standards by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency.

Skytrax also ranked Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as the best in the Middle East in 2005 for the third year running and fifth best in the world following a survey of more than 12 million passengers worldwide.

For further information on Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club, web users can log onto www.qmiles.com

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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