New Delhi, INDIA – Qatar Airways today announced Nagpur will become the airline’s newest Indian destination this summer.
The award-winning airline plans to fly non-stop scheduled services between its operational hub of Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, and the central Indian city of Nagpur in the State of Maharashtra.
The Nagpur route will be operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy.
Qatar Airways currently operates 30 flights a week between Qatar and five cities across India.
Delhi, Mumbai and Trivandrum are each served with seven flights a week; Hyderabad four times a week; and Cochin five times weekly.
Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi today, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said Nagpur was an unknown destination on the global map, but with few airlines serving the industrial city, there was incredible potential.
“Nagpur is underserved both domestically and internationally by air carriers,” he said, adding, “but this extremely resource-rich region of Maharashtra offers tremendous business opportunities as it is also one of India’s largest inland container transport hubs.
“With the creation of an economic zone and a new airport project underway in Nagpur, Qatar Airways is delighted to expand its Indian services by introducing Nagpur to the summer schedules and growing international operations.”
“Our flights in and out of India have proved extremely successful and the addition of Nagpur will greatly enhance our product offering to the travelling public to and from India.”
Al Baker praised the Indian government for taking positive steps towards a more liberal approach in opening up the aviation industry and encourage greater international competition. He said Qatar Airways was exploring other Indian destinations which he expected would open up under future bilateral arrangements between Qatar and India.
During the winter months, he said the Indian authorities permitted Qatar Airways to operate additional frequency and introduce bigger aircraft to and from its five Indian gateway cities as steps towards full liberalisation.
Al Baker also announced that Qatar Airways would be expanding its global network further during 2006 with at least 10 new routes, boosting its current network of 69 destinations worldwide.
Daily flights between Doha and Hong Kong are due to begin on March 26, and Qatar Airways’ inaugural services to the United States are scheduled to start later this year.
Qatar Airways would also focus its efforts during 2006 on increasing frequency to a number of destinations from Doha to provide passengers from around the world – including India – with greater choice.
From the summer season, which begins on March 26, Qatar Airways is adding capacity to a range of existing destinations:-
|Manchester –||up from four flights a week to daily|
|Athens –||up from five to seven services a week|
|Paris –||up from daily to 10 flights a week, rising to double daily next winter|
|Frankfurt –||up from daily to nine flights a week, rising to 10 flights next winter|
|Madrid –||all three flights to operate non-stop|
|Bangkok –||up from 11 flights a week to double daily|
|Osaka –||up from four flights a week to five, rising to six next winter|
In recent months, Qatar Airways has added Nairobi, Madrid and Berlin to its international network spanning 69 cities. Together with its codeshare partners, Qatar Airways serves more than 80 cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and Far East.
Notes to Editors:
Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 43 all-Airbus aircraft, which will almost triple in size to 110 jets by 2015. It has 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 US$5.5billion state-of-the-art facility being partially built on reclaimed land from the Arabian Gulf.
The airline is one of only four carriers in the world ranked Five Star for service and excellence by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Qatar Airways cabin crew were voted best in the Middle East for the third year running last year, and fifth best in the world for two consecutive years.
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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