ITB Berlin, GERMANY – Following a successful round of bilateral discussions between the governments of Qatar and Germany, Qatar Airways is adding capacity between the two countries and plans to introduce new freighter services.
From the start of the Summer 2005 schedules, the airline will increase the number of scheduled passenger flights from six a week to daily between Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, and Frankfurt. The route will be served with an Airbus A300 in a three-class configuration of First, Business and Economy.
In addition, the Doha – Munich – Vienna route, currently operated five-times-a-week, will be de-linked and replaced by dedicated non-stop services to both European cities.
Munich will continue to be served five-times-a-week with an A300 in a three-class configuration, while Vienna will have four flights a week operated by an Airbus A319 configured in Business and Economy.
The changes are all effective from 27 March 2005.
The recent round of bilateral talks held in Bonn resulted in Qatar Airways being allowed to increase the number of flights between the two countries to 21 services a week, for implementation in three phases. The talks concluded with Qatar Airways being allowed to operate dedicated freighter flights to any point in Germany from the start of the summer season.
In the first phase, the airline will be allowed to introduce a third destination in Germany during Summer 2005 and operate a total of 14 direct scheduled flights a week.
For the second phase beginning Winter 2005, the number of cities served by Qatar Airways in Germany can increase to four, and weekly frequencies raised to 18 flights.
In the third and final phase, starting Winter 2006, the number of weekly flights operated by Qatar Airways can be increased to 21 and a fifth German city added to the network.
From 27 March 2005, Qatar Airways can operate dedicated freighters four-times-a-week to any point in Germany, rising to seven a week from Winter 2006.
Speaking at ITB Berlin, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he was delighted to see the airline’s Five Star brand spread its wings across Germany over the next two years.
“I applaud the decision by the relevant authorities to give us additional traffic rights and am pleased to begin implementing the changes from the start of the summer season on 27 March 2005,” he said.
“Frankfurt is a key business route and frequency is important for any regular traveller which is why we are pleased to be increasing the number of services from six flights a week to daily.
“By separating the Munich and Vienna services, we are able to offer non-stop flights to both cities and increase the seat capacity in each of these two important markets. Qatar Airways has also been given the rights to operate dedicated cargo services which we are currently evaluating and a decision on which freighter route we operate will be made shortly.”
Al Baker explained that the airline was carrying out an analysis of which three new points the airline will serve as scheduled flights in Germany over the next two years.
He explained that the additional capacity meant greater flight options for both business and leisure travellers flying between both countries.
“Our flights will also offer excellent connections over our hub in Doha to destinations across the Middle East, Far East and Indian subcontinent,” he said.
Qatar Airways currently operates scheduled flights from Doha to 59 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East.
New destinations added in recent weeks have included Seychelles, Johannesburg, Cape Town and London Gatwick. The Japanese commercial centre of Osaka becomes the 60th destination on Qatar Airways’ expanding global route network from 31 March 2005.
Tunis and Algiers join the network on May 2, followed by Athens on June 15.
Qatar Airways operates a modern all-Airbus fleet of 39 aircraft which will double in size over the next few years following a $5.1bn order for 34 additional Airbus jets. The airline is one of the launch customers of the twin-deck A380 ‘super jumbos’ with four aircraft on order, scheduled for delivery from 2009.
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.
It is one of only three airlines in the world to be ranked a Five Star carrier for excellent service and high standards by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry quality monitoring agency. It also ranked Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as the best in the Middle East in 2004 for the second year running and fifth best in the world following a survey of more than two million passengers worldwide.
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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