Tokyo, JAPAN - Qatar Airways recently completed its fourth Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) World Travel Fair in Tokyo, Asia's largest travel trade show. The airline has become a regular at the expo that attracts over 100,000 travel industry professionals and consumers, since announcing the launch of flights to Japan in 2004.
Capitalising on a bumper year filled with record aircraft orders, industry accolades and new route launches - including establishing services to North America - the airline has put together an exciting stand for the three-day exhibition aimed at promoting travel from Japan to destinations around the world through the airline's operational hub in Doha.
The 72m2 exhibition space features a Qatar Airways' business-class seating which visitors can experience. Members of Qatar Airways award-winning cabin crew have flown into Tokyo to attend the show and meet and greet visitors to the airline's stand. A Greek opera singer will perform as part of a promotion of flights to Athens via Doha.
Qatar Airways Senior Manager Far East Asia & Australasia Marwan Koleilat said Qatar Airways was proud to be a part of this exhibition, the most important travel trade show within the local Japanese market.
"Shows like JATA are an ideal opportunity to let the local travel industry and the general travelling public know about the latest developments within
"We're excited to share what is proving to be yet another year of massive expansion for Qatar Airways, with a number of new routes launched and several more to come before the year is out."
The show is held annually in conjunction with the JATA World Travel Congress at the Tokyo International Exhibition Centre, locally called Tokyo Big Sight. The venue is Japan's largest exhibition and convention centre with some 230,000sqm of floor space, located on the waterfront in the Japanese capital.
Each year, JATA World Travel Fair places special emphasis on a particular destination in its themed exhibition area. This year the focus is on travel to the Middle East.
"Highlighting the Middle East at this year's expo demonstrates the importance of this region as a rapidly growing business and leisure market," Koleilat added.
Qatar Airways flies daily from Osaka to Doha, with excellent onward connections to Europe, Middle East, Africa and the United States. The airline also has a codeshare partnership with ANA on the trunk route between Doha and Osaka and beyond to Tokyo Haneda Airport, Fukuoka and Sapporo.
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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