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Qatar Airways Upgrades Doha - Kuala Lumpur - Bali Route To Airbus A330

Doha, QATAR - Effective today September 17, Qatar Airways has upgraded the aircraft on its highly-popular Doha - Kuala Lumpur - Bali route to an Airbus A330 offering passengers in every seat with a fully interactive audio and video entertainment system.

All 7 weekly services between Doha and the Malaysian capital will be served with the long-range aircraft non-stop. The aircraft will also operate on all four weekly flights on the Kuala Lumpur - Bali sector, a route launched in March this year.

Qatar Airways launched flights to Malaysia in December 2001 with three flights a week and progressively increased capacity to the current frequency of daily services.

The Doha - Kuala Lumpur route had been operated with an Airbus A300, which is gradually being phased out of the airline's fleet. Qatar Airways is now using two aircraft types on the route - an A330-200 featuring 22 Business Class seats and 259 in Economy, as well as an A330-300 with 30 Business Class seats and 275 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 operated 28 A330s, currently 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 Kuala Lumpur and beyond to Bali from today will have a whole new inflight experience with a fully interactive entertainment system offering plenty of audio and video options."

Marwan Koleilat, Qatar Airways Senior Manager Commercial Operations, Far East and Australasia, added: "The change of aircraft from the A300 to the A330-200 and A330-300 will enable us to further increase passenger traffic on the Kuala Lumpur and Bali routes ensuring more convenience and comfort for all our passengers."

"Our Bali flights have performed exceptionally well since we launched the route in March and I am delighted to say that passengers from Europe, Africa, United States and the Middle East travelling on this route will be able to enjoy greater convenience and more seating capacity in this state-of-the-art aircraft."

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 58 all-Airbus aircraft to 78 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.

From September 23, Qatar Airways launches 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


Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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