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Qatar Airways Exhibits At Paris Air Show

Paris, FRANCE – Award-winning Qatar Airways has been participating at the high-profile Paris Air Show with a luxurious chalet at Le Bourget Airport in the French capital.

Tens of thousands of visitors have been filing through the show grounds, one of the world’s largest and oldest aerospace events in the aviation industry calendar.

On the opening day of the show on Monday, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker confirmed orders for 80 of Airbus’ new generation A350 aircraft in a deal worth US$16 billion. In addition, Qatar Airways confirmed a US$5.6 billion deal with Rolls Royce to power the twin-jet A350s, which are set to be delivered to the Doha-based airline from 2013.

Qatar Airways also had its newest aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 on display at the show fresh off the production line in Toulouse. The aircraft was parked next to Airbus’s much-talked-about A380 super jumbo, which thrilled visitors with demonstration flights during the high-profile event.

The A330, configured in 24 Business Class seats and 236 in Economy, will fly to Doha at the end of the show for entry into commercial service to destinations as far afield as South Africa, Far East and Europe. It takes the airline’s fleet size to 58 all-Airbus aircraft.


Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways has felt at home at the Paris Air Show for many years and this year is no different. The Paris Air Show is regarded as one of the top aerospace industry events and we are pleased to have been able to use this opportunity to showcase our hospitality to visitors from around the world.” Qatar Airways currently operates scheduled flights from its Doha hub to 75 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East. The airline launches flights to Geneva on June 26, together with New York on the same date, followed three weeks later by daily services to Washington DC, beginning July 19.

Qatar Airways’ fleet size will double in size to more than 110 aircraft by 2015. It plans to acquire 80 Airbus A350s and 22 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter beginning in November 2007. The airline is one of the launch customers of the twin-deck A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order, scheduled for delivery from 2010.

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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