Doha, QATAR - Qatar Airways is preparing for its second European route of the year with non-stop scheduled flights to the Swedish capital, Stockholm which will be the carrier's first gateway city to Scandinavia.
Beginning November 27, Qatar Airways will operate four non-stop flights a week between Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, and Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport.
The award-winning airline, ranked Five Star for service and hospitality by industry audit Skytrax, will use an Airbus A319, with a two-class configuration offering eight seats in Business Class and 102 seats in Economy.
With the launch of Stockholm, Qatar Airways adds its second European destination to its rapidly-growing international network this year following on from the successful launch in June of flights between Doha and Geneva.
Sweden is Europe's third largest country in size with a population of nine million people. Its capital Stockholm is the largest city in Scandinavia and has a population of around 800,000 inhabitants, similar to Qatar. The city is built on 14 islands, which are connected by 57 bridges and embraces a unique character of its 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture.
Sweden is currently one of Europe's strongest economies, the largest market in the Baltic Sea region and has attracted the highest numbers of business travellers and tourists among all Scandinavian countries.
With highly developed firms in the construction, environmental technology and telecommunication sectors, there are already significant business tie-ups between Qatar and Sweden, and indeed the entire Scandinavian region.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the addition of Stockholm reinforced the airline's strategy to serve key cities around the world.
"We are proud to be the first carrier from the Gulf region to be flying to Stockholm. With this route launch we will be able to serve the entire Scandinavian market and vice versa bringing visitors from key feeder markets of the GCC countries to the Scandinavian countries," he said.
"Stockholm is a vitally important commercial and business centre, as well as a popular city for tourism. Our new service will contribute to bridging links between two very different parts of the world."
Stockholm will be destination number 80 for Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, which operates scheduled flights from Doha to cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America, Indian subcontinent and Far East with a fleet of 58 all-Airbus aircraft.
With a growing international network, Al Baker 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 – Stockholm schedules, effective 27 November 2007 are:-
Depart Doha International Airport
Depart Stockholm-Arlanda Airport
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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