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Qatar Airways Prepares For New Alexandria Route


Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways has announced the schedules for its new flights to the Egyptian port city of Alexandria being launched on June 9.



The city will be served non-stop three-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 First and 132 in Economy.
 
Alexandria, one of the oldest cities in Egypt, becomes Qatar Airways’ third Egyptian point to be served from Doha, following the successful route launches of Cairo and Luxor.



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 Alexandria flights.



As part of its new service, Qatar Airways is also offering a complimentary coach transfer service for passengers between Alexandria and Cairo.



Known as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’ Alexandria is Egypt’s second largest city and main port with an ambience and cultural heritage far different to rest of the country which has more of a Middle East flavour. The city is located around 160 miles from the Egyptian capital, Cairo.



Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria is one of the most notable summer resorts in the Middle East and also home to the ancient relics of the underwater city of Cleopatra’s Palace.



Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the airline was committed to the Egyptian market, reflected by the launch of its third destination in the country.



“Cairo and Luxor have proved to be very important and busy routes for Qatar Airways attracting both business and leisure travellers.



“We are now delighted to add Alexandria as our third point in Egypt and serve the growing needs of our passengers, many of whom will be travelling from neighbouring Middle East markets to Egypt, but also from our destinations across Asia and in South Africa,” he added.



“Alexandria is the second of our three new routes next month as we launch Mashad in Iran on June 1 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.”
 
Award-winning Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 40 all-Airbus aircraft to 62 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Indian sub-continent and the Far East.



The new Doha – Alexandria schedules are:



Depart Doha International Airport


Saturdays
 QR512 at 1145, arrive Alexandria at 1515
Sundays
 QR512 at 1300, arrive Alexandria at 1630
Thursdays QR512 at 1300, arrive Alexandria at 1630


Depart Alexandria International Airport


Saturdays
QR513 at 1615, arrive Doha at 1940
Sundays
QR513 at 1730, arrive Doha at 2055
Thursdays QR513 at 1730, arrive Doha at 2055

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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E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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