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Qatar Airways Unveils Schedules To Iranian City Of Mashad

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways has announced the schedules for its new flights to the Iranian city of Mashad being launched on June 1.

The city will be served non-stop twice-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.

Mashad becomes Qatar Airways’ second Iranian point to be served from Doha, following the successful launch of flights to the capital Tehran 12 months ago – a route which has grown from strength to strength.

With a population of two million people, Mashad is Iran’s second largest city and is the centre of commerce and industry in Khorasan Province in north-west Iran. The city is also the centre of Iran’s carpet weaving industry.

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

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the Tehran route had performed extremely well, prompting the airline to step up capacity from four to five flights a week soon after the launch.

“Tehran has proved to be a very important and busy route for Qatar Airways which is why increased capacity last year.

“We are now delighted to add Mashad as our second point in Iran and serve the growing needs of our passengers, many of whom will be travelling from neighbouring Middle East markets to Iran,” he said.

“Mashad is the first of our three new routes next month as we launch Alexandria on June 9 and Athens on June 15 in line with our expansion plans. These three new routes alone will take our global network to 65 destinations worldwide.

“Our new routes will be ideal for pilgrims, holidaymakers and business travellers from the region and, indeed around the world, who can feed into our flights in and out of Doha.”

The Doha – Mashad schedules are:

Qatar Airways Flight QR486 leaves Doha International Airport at 1200 hrs on Mondays and Wednesdays, arriving in Mashad at 1545 hrs local time. Return flight QR487 leaves Mashad on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1900 hrs, arriving at Doha International at 1945 hrs local time.

Award-winning Qatar Airways currently operates scheduled flights to 62 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Indian sub-continent and the Far East.

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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