Manama, BAHRAIN - Qatar Airways continued its exciting countdown to the airline's USA summer launch, by unveiling a US-themed stand at the Bahrain International Travel Expo (BITE) 2007, which began yesterday in Manama.
Over 20,000 visitors are expected to turnout for the three-day show, which is rapidly becoming one of the most important travel trade events in the region. Following on from Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, it is the second time in a week Qatar Airways has had the opportunity to showcase its Five-Star service, and promote its upcoming routes launches to New York and Washington, which begin on June 26 and July 19 respectively.
The airline will fly four times a week to New York via Geneva, while Washington DC will be served daily with non-stop flights from Doha, capital city of the State of Qatar.
Qatar Airways Acting General Manager Commercial Ali Al Rais, in Manama for the expo, said that the US inaugurals represented one of the many highlights of the airline's massive growth plans for 2007.
"As an airline, we've never been busier. This trend is going to continue as we acquire more aircraft and expand our international route network to more points in the Far East, Indian subcontinent, Europe, Africa and North America," he said.
"We're also targeting key GCC markets, increasing frequency on a number of routes in the region. We're now flying eight times a day to Dubai and have recently increased frequency on the Abu Dhabi and Muscat routes.
"Our continued planned expansion means the airline will have a fleet size of at least 110 aircraft by 2015, and we will be serving well over 100 destinations," added Al Rais.
Qatar Airways’ new routes for 2007: -
- Dar es Salaam - DAILY
- Lagos - 3 flights a week
- Chennai - DAILY
- Bali - 4 flights a week
- Ho Chi Minh - 4 flights a week
- Geneva - 4 flights a week from June 26
- New York - 4 flights a week from June 26
- Washington - DAILY from July 19
- Stockholm - 4 flights a week from November 2007
Al Rais also noted that Qatar Airways' Premium Terminal for First and Business Class passengers at Doha International Airport was well into its first year of operations and had received great feedback by customers. The Premium Terminal features a spa, jacuzzi, fine dining restaurants and exclusive duty-free shopping.
Meanwhile, the award-winning airline is continuing to win international accolades. In the last week alone, the carrier's Cabin Crew were named best in the Middle East at the Business Traveller Awards, and the airline was honoured for the second year running at the annual Middle East and North Africa Travel Awards, as the Best Airline In The Middle East.
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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