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Qatar Airways To Unveil New-Look Exhibition Stand At World's Largest Travel Fair

Berlin, GERMANY – Qatar Airways will be exhibiting at the world’s biggest travel fair in Berlin this week with its largest-ever presence at the international trade show.

ITB Berlin attracts the crème de la crème of the global travel industry, from airlines, hotels, car rental companies and tourist boards to travel agents, tour operators and media from around the world.

Qatar Airways will have a two-tier steel and glass stand structure with an exhibition area measuring 200sqm – twice the size of last year – at the five-day show, which runs from tomorrow, March 8, until Sunday. The design concept reflects the theme of New Doha International Airport which is due to open in 2009.

The ceiling of the exhibition stand has a dramatic wavy structure, mirroring the design of the new airport that takes it inspiration from the sea as the facility is being built on reclaimed land from the Arabian Gulf.

There will also be angled glass walls to reflect large volumes of space. The upper floor features a bar and a VIP meeting area with plenty of hospitality space.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker will be heading a delegation of officials from the airline’s corporate headquarters in Doha to ITB.

“As the biggest operator of flights to and from the New Doha International Airport, Qatar Airways will also be displaying a brand new model of the new facility which opens in just three years’ time, “ he said.

“ITB has always been very special for Qatar Airways.

“Over the years we have used the occasion to showcase our latest products, announce our newest routes and present our superb Arabic hospitality.

“This year will be very different. We have an exciting new exhibition stand that is very creative and will, I am sure, grab the attention of thousands of visitors expected at ITB.

“We are also very proud to unveil a brand new initiative that will undoubtedly set the standards in the global aviation industry.”

Added Al Baker: “We look forward to welcoming many of our business partners from the travel industry to ITB and, indeed, pleased to meet potential new business partners at the show. “

As the Official Airline Partner of the 15th Asian Games being held over a two-week period in Doha in December 2006, the airline will also be showing its new marketing material promoting the event.

Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of 44 all-Airbus aircraft to 69 destinations from its hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar.

The German market is a key part of Qatar Airways’ global strategy with three cities served by the airline.

Qatar Airways flies daily between Doha and Frankfurt, five-times-a-week to Munich and four-times-a-week to Berlin. The German capital was the last route the join Qatar Airways’ growing list of destinations in December 2005.

As one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, Qatar Airways has made significant inroads in the global aviation industry to become a key player since its relaunch in 1997.

Qatar Airways is one of only four airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency.

The airline’s fleet will almost triple in size over the next 10 years to 110 aircraft. Aircraft orders are in the pipeline for 60 of the new generation Airbus A350s and 20 Boeing 777s worth a total US$15.2 billion.

Qatar Airways averages just under 40 per cent annual growth in both passenger numbers and revenue. For the financial year ending March 31, Qatar Airways expects to carry more than 6 million passengers worldwide.

Qatar Airways is due to launch scheduled daily flights between Doha and Hong Kong on March 26/

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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