Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways has expanded its operations in Nigeria by boosting the number of flights to daily services and upgrading aircraft on the Doha – Lagos route to three-class Airbus A340-600s.
The new daily service replaces the two-class Airbus A330-200s on the route. The state-of-the-art A340-600s feature eight First Class seats in a 1–2–1 configuration, together with First Class lounges for premium passengers to relax and unwind.
In addition, there are 42 Business Class seats in a 2–2–2 seat layout, together with 216 Economy Class seats in a 2–4–2 configuration. With a fuselage length of 75 metres, the A340 is the world’s longest passenger jet, a full three metres longer than the Airbus A380 superjumbo.
By increasing capacity from five-flights-a-week to daily, the extra services on the route will provide passengers with more choice and increased connectivity to a number of key business and leisure destinations via the airline’s Doha hub to Qatar Airways’ extensive route network across Europe, Middle East, South Asia, Far East and North America.
The three-class configured A340 aircraft also offer passengers with an enhanced in-flight experience and the highest levels of comfort. For the first time on the Lagos route, passengers will have the choice of flying in Qatar Airways’ First Class premium seats converting into fully flat 180 degree beds every day of the week.
Cargo capacity on the Airbus A340-600 offers an additional 40 percent more capacity over the previously used A330-200s operating the route.
Lagos is Nigeria’s commercial capital but is also the gateway to west Africa and offers strong business links with rest of the world.
The changes are part of Qatar Airways’ ongoing growth strategy, which will see the launch of six new routes during 2009, including Melbourne and Sydney in Australia; Goa and Amritsar in India; and two further additions to its extensive European network. Frequency and capacity increases on selected routes are also scheduled.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker explained that the airline’s Nigerian expansion was evidence of the continued economic prosperity in the West African market.
“Lagos is one of Qatar Airways’ key routes, which has grown significantly in stature since launching two years ago,” he said.
“I am glad to say that we now offer even better services, increased capacity both for passengers and cargo, as well as improved connectivity to our network of destinations for our passengers travelling to and from Lagos.
“Africa has been highlighted by the International Air Transport Association as one of the most important growth markets for aviation over the next 20 years, and Qatar Airways is committed to making further inroads into this dynamic continent to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities available.
“On behalf of Qatar Airways, I must thank the Nigerian authorities for making this latest route enhancement possible,” added Al Baker.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 68 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to 84 cities worldwide.
The Doha – Lagos schedules are:
Depart Doha International Airport
Mon, Thurs QR594 at 0145hrs, arrive Lagos at 0705hrs
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun QR592 at 0750hrs, arrive Lagos at 1310hrs
Depart MurtalaMuhammed International Airport
Mon, Thurs QR595 at 1000hrs, arrive Doha at 1930hrs
Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun QR593 at 1440hrs, arrive Doha at 0010hrs +1 day
Qatar Airways’ Economy Class has been voted Best in the World in the annual Skytrax passenger survey, in which more than 16 million travellers were polled. Ranked Five Star for service and excellence by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency also voted Qatar Airways’ cabin crew Best in the Middle East for the seventh year running in 2009 and Best Airline in the Middle East for the fourth consecutive year. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
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, the year the New Doha International Airport is scheduled to open. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
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