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Qatar Airways Promotes New Inflight Service And New Destinations At World Travel Market

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways will once again be participating at one of the world’s largest travel trade fairs when London hosts the high-profile World Travel Market (WTM) starting tomorrow.

The four-day event, taking place at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in the city’s Docklands, will provide Qatar Airways with the opportunity to promote its new winter routes – Nairobi, Madrid and Berlin – as well as showcase its new-look inflight service.

The award-winning airline will be exhibiting two Business Class seats and raffling a pair of Economy tickets on each day of the event to any destination on the Qatar Airways global network.

Qatar Airways’ renowned Five Star hospitality will be on show during the event, which attracts travel agents, tour operators, as well as representatives from airlines, hotels, cruise lines, car rental companies and technology suppliers from around the world.

The airline’s two-tier exhibition stand features a reception desk with seating area for meetings and presentations, together with a refreshment area where Qatar Airways cabin crew will serve Arabic coffee and dates. On the upper deck there is a VIP area for meetings.

The Business Class seats on show recline 160 degrees and stretch to a two-metre bed length in sleeping mode. The seats also feature 15-inch personal LCD TV screens, a Personal Audio Video On Demand entertainment system, laptop power point, back massage functions, as well as five pre-programmed electronic seat controls.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker will head a delegation from head office in Doha to the show, regarded as one of the most prestigious on the international travel industry calendar.

Apart from the unveiling of Qatar Airways’ new inflight service, the airline will also be promoting three new routes being launched from Doha over the next four weeks. They are:-

Nairobi 5 times a week, beginning 15 November 2005
Madrid 3 times a week, beginning 2 December 2005
Berlin 4 times a week, beginning 15 December 2005

Qatar Airways currently flies to 66 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East from its operational hub of Doha, capital of the State of Qatar. With its codeshare partners, the airline serves more than 80 destinations worldwide.

The airline operates a fleet of 42 all-Airbus aircraft which will almost triple in size to 110 jets by 2015. The airline recently signed a letter of intent to acquire up to 60 of the new generation Airbus A350s. And it plans to acquire 20 Boeing 777s with a total value for both orders set to be worth US$15.2 billion.

Al Baker said World Travel Market was one of the most important events in the travel industry, providing Qatar Airways with the opportunity to network with its key trade customers from around the world under one roof.

“Qatar Airways has made great strides over the years since its relaunch in 1997, but none more so dramatic than over the past 12 months,” he said.

“This time last year, we served 53 destinations worldwide. Today the network spans 66 routes and, within the next four weeks, we will expand further with the addition of three new services. We really have excelled as one of the fastest growing airlines in the world.

“This expansion is a commitment by the State of Qatar to develop the country as a key aviation hub in the Middle East over the next few years. Our growth, together with the opening of the New Doha International Airport in 2009, will significantly place Qatar on the global map.

“Next year Doha will proudly host the 15th Asian Games which promises to be an event to remember and we at Qatar Airways, as official partner and airline of the Games, look forward to bringing athletes, fans and visitors to Qatar for this prestigious event.”

Qatar Airways is one of a select-few airlines in the world ranked Five Star by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the third year running recently and fifth best in the world following a survey of more than 12 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

Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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