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Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways has stepped up frequency on its highly-popular Doha – Shanghai route with the introduction of a fourth weekly scheduled flight.The extra flight operates to Shanghai every Thursday night from Doha, returning to the Qatari capital early Saturday morning.The Doha – Shanghai flights operate non-stop using an Airbus A330-200 in a two-class configuration of Economy and Business Class. Passengers are able to benefit from the airline’s award-winning Five Star service and a fully interactive inflight entertainment system in both classes.Strong business links between the Middle East and China – both the capital Beijing and commercial centre of Shanghai – have prompted Qatar Airways to increase capacity.With the addition in November 2004 of the four-times-a-week Beijing service, Qatar Airways has gradually expanded its presence in the Chinese market.Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the Shanghai route had performed exceptionally well since its launch two years ago.“Everyone is familiar with the importance of the Chinese market as the economy is growing at a phenomenal rate,” he said.“Economic indicators clearly show that China is on a steep growth curve and travel, both inbound and outbound, is rising at an incredible rate. Like any commercial organisation, Qatar Airways wants to be part of the China success story, and are pleased to be able to offer the travelling public a wider range of flying opportunities to an from China.”Added Al Baker: “We are also excited to launch our new daily Hong Kong flights on March 26 which will cement our position further as a key international player in the Greater China market.”From March 26, Qatar Airways will operate a total of 15 scheduled flights a week between Doha and Greater China – four each to Beijing and Shanghai, and the new daily Hong Kong service.Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, operating scheduled flights from its Doha hub, capital of the State of Qatar, to 69 destinations. Together with its codeshare partners, the airline serves more than 80 cities worldwide. The airline operates a modern fleet of 43 all-Airbus aircraft, which will almost triple in size to 110 jets by 2015. Qatar Airways announced plans in mid-2005 to acquire up to 80 aircraft comprising 60 of the new generation A350s and 20 Boeing 777s worth a total US$15.2 billion.The airline is a launch customer 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. (www.ndiaproject.com)Qatar Airways is one of four 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 in 2005 and fifth best in the world following a survey of more than 12 million passengers worldwide, while the airline also maintained its position as among the world’s top 10 carriers.
The Doha – Shanghai schedules are:-Depart Doha International AirportTuesday QR1888 at 0010, arrive Shanghai at 1315Thursday QR1888 at 2325, arrive Shanghai at 1230 following dayFriday and Sunday QR 888 at 0010, arrive Shanghai at 1315Depart Shanghai Pudong International AirportTuesday QR1889 at 2350, arrive Doha at 0555 following dayThurs, Fri and Sun QR 889 at 2350, arrive Doha at 0555 following day
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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