Manama, BAHRAIN – Qatar Airways has announced an increase in capacity on the Doha – Bahrain route with the addition of five flights a week, beginning June 1.
The new early evening departures from the Bahraini capital Manama offer excellent connections via Qatar Airways’ operational hub of Doha to a host of cities across the airline’s global network covering Europe, Middle East, Africa, Far East, Indian subcontinent and North America.
Addressing Bahrain-based media in Manama, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the extra capacity would be a great boost for the travelling public from the Gulf state to cities around the world.
“The addition of five new flights each week increases capacity between the two Gulf capitals from 42 to 47 flights a week and ensures the route only goes from strength to strength,” he said.
“We currently operate six flights a day between Manama and Doha and, with the new evening departures, Qatar Airways offers our customers greater choice and an excellent array of connecting destinations all over the world.
“Qatar Airways strongly believes in increasing frequency to as many destinations as possible to provide greater options for passengers. The Manama – Doha route is just one example and we look forward to stepping up capacity between the two cities even further in the future.”
Al Baker was speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the Bahrain International Travel Expo (BITE), of which Qatar Airways was the Gold Sponsor.
The four-day BITE travel expo, which concluded last night, was held at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre, where Qatar Airways showcased its new-look exhibition stand, award-winning long-haul Business Class seat and promoted its three new routes for 2008 – Guangzhou in southern China, Kozhikode in southwest India and the southern US city of Houston.
Qatar Airways launched scheduled flights from Doha to Guangzhou at the end of March, with a total of 21 services a week now operating across four Chinese cities, which also cover Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Beginning June 15, Qatar Airways launches daily services between Doha and Kozhikode (formerly known as Calicut). Kozhikode will be the airline’s ninth Indian destination taking capacity across India to 58 weekly services.
And starting November 10, Qatar Airways launches its third US destination with direct non-stop flights to Houston, initially with three services a week, rising to daily in December 2008.
Added Al Baker: “These three exciting routes offer excellent connections to and from Bahrain and open up tremendous opportunities to a key market we have here.”
During the press conference, Al Baker briefed media on the airline’s aggressive expansion plans over the next few years highlighting orders for more than 200 aircraft worth over US$30 billion and the progress on the construction of the New Doha International Airport, which is due to open in 2010.
The next wave of aircraft deliveries to Qatar Airways’ 62-strong fleet starts this summer with the arrival of the airline’s third Boeing 777.
From November this year, Qatar Airways takes delivery of the first of its Long Range version Boeing 777-200 aircraft, capable of flying to virtually any key city in the world non-stop from Doha. The first Boeing 777-200 will be introduced on the Doha – Houston route from November 10 with a non-stop flying time of 17 hours.
With impressive outstanding orders, including 80 of Airbus’ new-generation A350s, five twin-deck A380s, 60 of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliners and 30 Boeing 777s, Qatar Airways’ fleet expansion will take it well into the next decade.
Qatar Airways currently operates a young and modern fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft to 82 cities worldwide, a figure set to rise sharply over the next few years.
“Our vision at Qatar Airways is simple – to invest in, and maintain, a growing fleet of young and modern aircraft flying to key business and leisure destinations worldwide,” said Al Baker.
Our long range Boeing 777s will open up tremendous new opportunities for us from the end of 2008 with the aircraft capable of flying to all corners of the globe non-stop and provide our customers with a unique flying experience and ultimate levels of comfort.
Qatar Airways is one of an elite group of carriers with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry research company. 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. Qatar Airways carries around 10 million passengers a year. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com. For further information on the New Doha International Airport, visit www.ndiaproject.com
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