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Qatar Airways Prepares For Indian Expansion

Doha, QATAR– Qatar Airways is busy preparing for its second route launch of the year with its latest Indian gateway being added to an ever-growing international route network from June 15.

The southern coastal city of Kozhikode, formerly known as Calicut, will be the airline’s 83rd route with daily non-stop scheduled flights from Doha. It also heralds further expansion into Kerala State for Qatar Airways, which already operates to Cochin and Trivandrum.

The new route marks Qatar Airways’ commitment to the Indian market, becoming the airline’s ninth destination in a country enjoying tremendous growth.

Kozhikode is Kerala’s third largest city with a population of almost 500,000 people and home to serene beaches, historic sites, lush green scenery and world-renowned Ayurvedic health treatments – a haven for holidaymakers seeking adventure and relaxation.

The new route would have tremendous appeal for expatriate Keralites living and working in the Gulf region, as well as tourists from across Europe and other parts of the world.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said India remained one of the airline’s fastest growing markets. The new route follows the successful launch of flights between Doha and the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in March.

“Our new route to Kozhikode further demonstrates our commitment to this vibrant country and we are extremely pleased to see the route selling well with just a week to go before the launch,” he said.

“Our new flights take our capacity into India up to 58 flights a week spread across nine cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Cochin, Trivandrum, Nagpur and Hyderabad. This is a significant presence for Qatar Airways in India, and we look forward to strengthening our position across the country even further over the years.”

Qatar Airways offers an excellent choice of connections for passengers from Europe, Middle East and Africa to India. The airline currently operates a modern fleet of 62 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to 82 destinations worldwide.

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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