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Qatar Airways Increases Capacity To India

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways has taken advantage of the Indian government’s decision to lift capacity restrictions during the peak winter travel period by increasing the number of flights to India by 50 per cent.

The award-winning airline is hiking the number of scheduled fights from its operational hub of Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, from 30 to 45 a week starting on December 1. The additional capacity is spread across five Indian cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Cochin and Trivandrum.

The increased capacity, which is a mixture of additional flights and bigger aircraft offering more seats, is effective until either 31 January 2006 or 25 March 2006 depending on the destination.
Revised schedules are: -

  • Mumbai increases from seven flights a week to double daily

  • Delhi increases from seven flights a week to 10

  • Hyderabad increases from four to seven flights a week

  • Cochin increases from five to seven flights a week

  • Trivandrum daily flights upgraded to larger aircraft


“For the third year running the Indian government has relaxed its policy on capacity restrictions during the winter months which is a much-welcomed sign as it shows the authorities are moving in the right direction towards a more open skies environment.

“Qatar Airways is always trying to facilitate travel for all passengers across the network and so the additional flights will give passengers greater choice and flexibility.”

The Indian flights offer a host of convenient connections for passengers travelling to and from Europe, Africa and the Middle East via Qatar Airways’ Doha hub.

Qatar Airways currently operates scheduled flights from Doha to 67 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East. Together with its codeshare partners, the airline serves more than 80 destinations worldwide.

Nairobi was the first of three new winter routes launched by the airline on November 15. It is preparing to launch scheduled flights to the Spanish capital, Madrid, on December 2 and the German capital, Berlin, on December 15.

The airline operates a modern fleet of 42 all-Airbus aircraft, which will almost triple in size to 110 jets by 2015. It recently announced plans to acquire up to 80 aircraft, comprising 60 of the new generation A350s and 20 Boeing 777s worth a total US$15.2 billion.

Qatar Airways is one of the launch customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with four aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2009 to coincide with the opening of the New Doha International Airport, a state-of-the-art facility being built on reclaimed land.

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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