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World Travel Market, LONDON – Qatar Airways has announced plans to launch scheduled flights to Hong Kong at the beginning of the Summer 2006 season.The daily flights will operate non-stop from the airline’s hub of Doha, capital of State of Qatar, from March 26 next year.Hong Kong is one of the world’s most glamorous destinations offering breathtaking views and exciting attractions such as the recently-opened Disneyland. Tourism authorities have designated 2006 as Discover Hong Kong Year, adding more impetus to Qatar Airways’ decision to launch flights to the region.Hong Kong will become Qatar Airways’ 12th Far East destination that already covers Osaka, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Manila, Cebu, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Yangon and Jakarta.In the year that Qatar celebrates being host country of the 15th Asian Games in Doha in December 2006, Qatar Airways is targeting Asia as a growth area for new routes and increased capacity on existing services. Qatar Airways is also the official airline of the Games.Announcing the new Hong Kong route during a press conference at World Travel Market in London, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the special administrative region of China was a buoyant market that appealed strongly to both leisure and business travellers.“Hong Kong is a key financial, business and leisure centre which is a must for any airline to serve – and Qatar Airways is no exception,” he said, addressing a press conference in the British capital.“We are delighted to put Hong Kong on our global map from March next year and pleased to announce that it will be our first Asian service to feature our brand new inflight service.“Passengers will experience the best levels of inflight comfort and service seen anywhere in the aviation industry. This new service ethos that has already been introduced on the London Heathrow – Doha route will be gradually rolled out on other routes over the next few months.”
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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