Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways is increasing frequency on the busy Doha – Muscat route next month with two extra scheduled flights over the weekend to cope with the summer rush.
Capacity is being increased from nine flights a week to 11 between Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, and the Omani capital, respectively.
The extra services, effective from June 17, will be operated by Airbus A320s in a two-class configuration of 12 in First Class and 132 in Economy.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the additional flights would help serve both business and leisure travellers.
“Muscat is a key regional market for Qatar Airways with plenty of passengers travelling to and from Oman on business or leisure, or to catch onward connections to rest of the world from Qatar,” he said.
“We are extremely pleased to be providing passengers with additional travel benefits and look forward to increasing capacity even further on the Muscat route as and when demand permits and extra aircraft capacity is available.”
Oman has a thriving economy with oil being its main industry, while agriculture and fishing are key sources of income for much of the population. Tourism is rapidly emerging as one of Oman’s key industries.
Qatar Airways operates a fleet of 40 modern all-Airbus aircraft to 62 destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Indian subcontinent and Far East from its operational hub of Doha, capital of the State of Qatar.
The airline added Tunis and Algiers to its route network on May 2, with services to the Greek capital Athens due to start on June 15.
The extra daily flights on the Doha – Muscat – Doha route are:
Fridays QR168 at 2015, arrive Muscat at 2230
Saturdays QR166 at 0715, arrive Muscat at 0930
Fridays QR169 at 2315, arrive Doha at 2330
Saturdays QR167 at 1015, arrive Doha at 1030
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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