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Qatar Airways Announces 4th Daily Non-Stop Flight between Doha and London Heathrow

London, UNITED KINGDOM – Qatar Airways today announced the introduction of a fourth daily non-stop flight between Doha and London Heathrow taking the airline’s capacity between Qatar and the UK up to 42 services a week.

Effective March 30, the new late afternoon departure from Doha offers passengers more choice to the early morning and lunchtime flights to Britain’s busiest airport.

Flight QR017 departs Doha every day at 1635hrs, arriving at London Heathrow at 2200 hrs. The return flight QR018 departs London Heathrow at 0755 hrs, returning to Doha at 1650 hrs. The flight will be operated with an Airbus A330 aircraft in a three-class configuration of up to 12 seats in First, 24 in Business and 223 in Economy.

Every passenger in all cabins will be able to take advantage of the airline’s fully interactive in-flight entertainment system in each seat offering a multitude of audio and video options to choose from. Furthermore, there is a live television option enabling passengers to choose from a variety of live TV programming.

Qatar Airways currently operates three flights a day to London Heathrow, and daily to both London Gatwick and Manchester with a total capacity of 35 weekly services. The UK expansion announcement coincided with the Business Travel Show taking place in London this week where Qatar Airways is participating with a dedicated exhibition stand.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said London Heathrow had been the airline’s flagship route for many years, and stressed the importance of serving the British capital with more frequencies to give travellers more choice.

“We are delighted to be adding capacity on what is an extremely popular route with both business and leisure travellers,” he said.

“By launching a new early evening flight to London Heathrow from the start of the summer schedules, business travellers can spend a whole working day in Qatar before catching their flight. Passengers from London can take advantage of our first morning departure from London Heathrow and connect onto a choice of many flights to exciting destinations in Doha.”

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 60 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to 81 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Far East and North America from Doha, the airline’s hub and capital of the State of Qatar.

Added Al Baker: “London is a major market for Qatar Airways and what better place than the highly acclaimed Business Travel Show to announce our UK expansion.

“As a Five Star airline, we are constantly striving to provide our business passengers with the best in comfort and hospitality, throughout the entire flight experience and this exhibition is the perfect platform to showcase our enhanced quality and service.”

Qatar Airways is participating for the third time in Europe’s leading Business Travel Show, taking place at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

The annual event attracts the world’s leading travel suppliers from hotel groups, airlines, car rental companies and cruise lines – and is a key event in the industry calendar for anyone who buys or manages company travel, books business trips or sources meeting venues.

Qatar Airways is showcasing its award-winning premium product and hospitality at the three-day show. On display is the airline’s 180 degree flat-bed First Class seat currently onboard Qatar Airways’ Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft, together with the carrier’s on-board catering for visitors to sample.

With a growing international network, more travellers will have an opportunity to use Qatar Airways’ world first Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport. Features such as a spa, jacuzzi, duty free, business centre and fine-dining restaurants are exclusively available for departing and transiting First and Business Class passengers flying Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways enters 2008 in buoyant mood with a further expansion of routes, including non-stop flights from Doha to the southern China industrial city of Guangzhou, beginning March 31.

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.

Doha-based Qatar Airways will have 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 2009, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

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

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