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Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways is expanding capacity between Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, and Singapore with an extra two services a week taking frequency to daily for the first time, beginning today, 27 March 2005.The extra flights will operate on Mondays and Thursdays, with an Airbus A300 in a two-class configuration of 18 seats in Business and 234 in Economy.The new services are being introduced to meet growing demand from business and leisure travellers between Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia.Qatar Airways currently operates five flights a week between Doha and Singapore. Three flights are non-stop, operating onwards to Cebu in the Philippines and two services fly via the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.From the start of the summer season today, three flights will continue to operate non-stop to Singapore and the other four via Kuala Lumpur.Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the additional flights reinforced the airline’s commitment to operate routes with increased frequency and provide passengers with greater flight options to and from Singapore.“As part of our route expansion plans, raising the number of frequencies between Doha and our key markets is crucial to serve the needs of our passengers, whether they are travelling on leisure or business,” he said.
“Singapore has been a highly successful route for us since we launched in November 2003 and we look forward to adding even more flights to the Lion City as we strengthen our fleet size and take delivery of more aircraft.”Qatar Airways currently operates scheduled flights from its Doha hub in the Arabian Gulf, to 59 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East.The Japanese commercial city of Osaka will become Qatar Airways’ first route launch of the Summer 2005 season and its 11th destination in the Far East with four flights a week starting on 31 March 2005.Added Marwan Koleilat, Qatar Airways’ Area Manager Commercial Operations Far East and Australasia: “Additional capacity into Singapore is part of Qatar Airways’ ongoing strategy to develop Asia into a key component of the airline’s global operations.”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 addition of Osaka takes the airline’s global network to 60 destinations, with Tunis and Algiers due to be launched on May 2, and Athens on June 15. The airline plans to serve at least 70 destinations by the end of 2005.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.Skytrax 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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