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Qatar Airways Prepares First Route Launch Of 2007


Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways has entered 2007 in buoyant mood celebrating the 10th anniversary of its relaunch with nine new destinations planned during the year.



Dar es Salaam, the commercial and financial centre of Tanzania, becomes the newest addition to Qatar Airways’ family of routes when direct non-stop services are launched to the city on January 9.



Qatar Airways will operate four flights a week between Doha International Airport and Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. The route will be operated with an Airbus A319 in a two-class configuration of eight seats in Business and 102 in Economy.



The Doha-based airline sees 2007 as a year of huge expansion with non-stop services planned to key destinations around the world – Bali, New York, Lagos, Ho Chi Minh City, Chennai, Ahmedabad and two, as yet to be announced, cities in northern and eastern Europe.



Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said Dar es Salaam was a key city in the airline’s strategy to build a stronger network of destinations across the African continent.



“We launched flights to Nairobi at the end of 2005, we begin services to Dar es Salaam in just a few days and will bring Lagos on line over the next few weeks,” he said.



“Africa presents huge opportunities and we see this region as a growth area for Qatar Airways. Dar es Salaam is one of the premier business destinations in Africa and the gateway to fantastic holiday retreats such as game reserves and the spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro volcano.” 



Al Baker said 2007 was a year of massive expansion in frequencies, routes and aircraft.



"This is a year of huge celebration for Qatar Airways. We have come a long way since our relaunch in 1997 when we operated a handful of aircraft to a handful of routes.

"Now, in our 10th anniversary year, we have exciting new destinations joining Qatar Airways’ growing network, together with more flights on existing routes to give passengers more choice, and brand new Airbus and Boeing aircraft joining the fleet with deliveries of the first of our Boeing 777s towards the end of 2007."



Al Baker added that the expansion reinforced the message that Qatar Airways was one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, with 70 destinations served from Doha to cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and Far East.



With a growing international network, he added that more travellers would have an opportunity to use Qatar Airways’ brand new Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport, exclusively for departing First and Business Class passengers.



The Premium Terminal features facilities such as a spa, jacuzzi, duty free, business centre and fine dining restaurants. Built in just nine months, the terminal is the world’s first commercial passenger building dedicated to First and Business Class passengers.




The Doha – Dar es Salaam schedules, effective 9 January 2007 are:-



Depart Doha International Airport
Tue, Fri, Sat and Sundays                 --                  QR544 at 0845, arrive Dar es Salaam at 1445




Depart Dar es Salaam
Tue, Fri, Sat and Sundays                 --                  QR545 at 1635, arrive Doha International at 2205



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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