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Qatar Airways Upgrades Doha - Algiers Route To Airbus A330

Algiers, ALGERIA - Qatar Airways has upgraded the aircraft on its highly-popular Doha - Algiers route to an Airbus A330 offering passengers in every seat with a fully interactive audio and video entertainment system.

All four weekly services between Doha and the Algerian capital are now served with the long-range aircraft non-stop.

Qatar Airways launched flights to Algeria in May 2005 with three flights a week linked with the Tunisian capital Tunis, but progressively increased capacity to the current frequency of four weekly services, now all non-stop from Qatar.

The Doha - Algiers route had been operated with an Airbus A300, which is gradually being phased out of the airline's fleet. Qatar Airways is using an A330-200 featuring 24 First Class seats and 236 in Economy.

The upgraded A330s feature up to 53 more seats than the A300.

Qatar Airways offers passengers a choice of more than 80 international movies, 70 TV shows and 16 music channels, as well as more than 300 music CDs from popular and classical artists onboard its A330s.

All passengers have access to seatback TV screens giving them the opportunity to watch programmes at the time of their choice. The fully interactive system allows passengers to forward, rewind, stop and pause their programmes giving them greater flexibility over their viewing options.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the airline currently operated 28 A330s - the backbone of its 58-strong fleet of aircraft.

"The A330 has done us proud as a great flying machine offering all passengers the greatest levels of comfort," he said.

"I am sure our passengers flying to Algiers will have a whole new inflight experience with a fully interactive entertainment system offering plenty of audio and video options.

"Our Algiers flights have performed exceptionally well since we launched the route in 2005. We have gradually increased capacity on the route with an additional flight, de-linked the route from Tunis and, now, put on a bigger aircraft offering more seating capacity. I am delighted to say that passengers are able to enjoy greater convenience flying the A330."

Added Al Baker: "Due to the expansion, Qatar Airways has increased staffing levels from 16 to 25 in Algeria and now offers excellent connections over Doha to a wide network of cities across the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and Far East."

He explained that passengers had the opportunity to use Qatar Airways' Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport. The terminal is for exclusive use by Qatar Airways' First and Business Class passengers departing from Doha or transiting through the airport.

The Premium Terminal features a Five-Star welcome and check in service, as well as a variety of top-end facilities including spa treatments and jacuzzis, duty-free shopping, a state-of-the-art business centre and fine dining options. Built in just nine months, the US$90 million terminal is the world's first commercial passenger building dedicated to First and Business Class passengers.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 58 all-Airbus aircraft to 79 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Far East, Indian subcontinent and North America. The highlight of Qatar Airways' 2007 expansion has been the launch of flights to New York (Newark) and Washington DC - the airline's first move into the North American market.

On September 23, Qatar Airways launched twice-weekly flights between Doha and the central Indian city of Nagpur. Starting November 27, the carrier launches four flights a week to the Swedish capital Stockholm. Daily scheduled services to the western Indian city of Ahmedabad are due to begin on December 12.

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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