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Qatar Airways Reduces Fuel Surcharge

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways today announced an initial reduction in the fuel surcharge on flights from Doha by up to 15 per cent offering passengers great savings.

Effective tomorrow (December 31), passengers purchasing one-way or return tickets on flights from Doha will be able take advantage of the lower supplements.

Downward oil prices in recent weeks, following an unprecedented surge during the year, has prompted Qatar Airways to take the first steps in reducing the fuel surcharge in order to offer passengers significant savings.

Qatar Airways fully intends to reduce fuel surcharges further in the future.

While some airlines attempted to disguise their exaggerated fuel surcharges from the outset by including them in the fare, Qatar Airways implemented a clear policy whereby the fuel surcharge was added as a separate charge making it highly transparent to passengers.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “The global economy has been witnessing unprecedented fluctuations in oil prices in recent months.

“Qatar Airways has absorbed a large percentage of the increase in fuel prices, passing very little onto the consumer. We are pleased to inform the travelling public that due to a significant drop in oil prices, we are able to reduce the fuel surcharge they have been paying by as much as 15 per cent.”

Added Al Baker: “We are still absorbing the bulk of the fuel surcharge so hope the reduction provides passengers with a perfect festive gift which demonstrates our commitment to give the travelling public high levels of service at the most competitive prices.”                                     

Qatar Airways operates a young and modern fleet of 65 Boeing and Airbus aircraft serving 83 key business and leisure cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America. The airline currently has outstanding orders for more than 200 aircraft worth over US$40 billion.

The fuel reduction implemented by Qatar Airways has been made in light of the current situation regarding the global decrease in fuel prices. Qatar Airways has reduced the fuel supplement inline with those being made across the aviation industry by other national carriers for example the average decrease in fuel surcharges in India is 14.5%, Cathay Pacific has lowered fuel surcharges by 10% on long-haul flights and by 5% on short-haul flights whilst Qantas and Singapore Airlines have announced reductions of around 10%. Some airlines have not mentioned any reduction in fuel surcharges to date.

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 one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012. At the Farnborough Air Show in July, the airline also ordered six Airbus A321s. Qatar Airways is due to move to the New Doha International Airport in 2011 when the first phase of the new facility is scheduled to open. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

Qatar Airways was named as having the ‘World’s Leading Business Class’ by the World Travel Awards in December 2008 and 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 sixth year running in 2008 and the airline was voted Best in the Middle East for the third year in a row 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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