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Qatar Airways Raises Frequency To Jeddah, Riyadh And Dammam With 9 New Weekly Flights

Doha, QATAR– Qatar Airways is expanding operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by increasing frequency between Doha and Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam, from February 22.

On the Dammam route, five flights per week will be added to the current daily schedule, bringing the total frequency on the route to 12 services each week. The new early morning departures from Dammam on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays will offer passengers excellent connections to the new mid-morning long-haul service to Houston in Texas, which Qatar Airways is launching on 30 March.

The capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Riyadh will be served with two additional flights a week, taking weekly capacity up to five services.

Two extra flights will also be introduced between Doha and Jeddah, a route currently served with five flights each week. The daily service will enhance the convenience for passengers travelling on this route.

The massive increase in frequency will provide business and leisure travellers to and from Saudi Arabia with more flexibility and greater choice to connect onto Qatar Airways’ extensive network covering North America, Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Far East.

The additional routes to all three destinations Qatar Airways flies to in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be operated with Airbus A320, A321 and 319 variants, in two-class configuration.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said he was delighted to see yet another capacity hike, which will facilitate closer ties between Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – an important key feeder market for our upcoming new service to Houston.”

He added: “Houston is a very strategic route for Qatar Airways, as it opens up increased bilateral business opportunities for the energy sectors across the Middle East and the oil-producing southern states of America. Saudi Arabia’s rich financial and energy base gives Qatar Airways further reason to launch the route and establish this key international air corridor. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, known worldwide as an energy superpower, is the world’s leading petroleum exporter with oil accounting for over 90 per cent of the country’s exports.

“Furthermore, there exist very close ties between the Arab business community and energy companies in the Gulf with those in and around the Houston area. More than 65,000 Arabs currently live in and around Houston.”

Qatar Airways launches daily non-stop flights between Doha and Houston on March 30, using Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft featuring 259 seats of unrivalled levels of space and comfort, including fully flat beds in Business Class.

Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777 will be configured in a two-class configuration of 42 seats in Business Class. Passengers will be able to enjoy comfortable and spacious seats offering a pitch of up to 78 inches with each seat converting into 180-degree fully flat beds. With a 2–2–2 seating configuration, Business Class passengers are assured of either a window or aisle seat and plenty of space.

In Economy Class, seat space is above the industry average with a pitch of up to 34 inches offering significant leg room. The 217 seats in a 3–3–3 configuration are the most spacious of any airline flying to Houston.

Qatar Airways was recently recognised as the world’s Leading Business Class airline at the World Travel Awards, adding to its burgeoning award-winning cabinet.

With a modern fleet of 66 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, Qatar Airways flies to 83 key business and leisure cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America.

The Doha  – Dammam schedules, effective 22 February 2009 are: -

Depart Doha International Airport
Mon, Fri                                   QR714 at 1630, arrive Dammam at 1725

Tue, Thur, Sun                        QR710 at 0810, arrive Dammam at 0905

Wed, Sat                                 QR714 at 2015, arrive Dammam at 2110

Additional frequency:
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat      QR718 at 0120, arrive Dammam at 0215

Depart King Fahd International Airport, Dammam
Mon, Fri                                   QR715 at 1820, arrive Doha at 1910

Tue, Thur, Sun                        QR711 at 1005, arrive Doha at 1055

Wed, Sat                                 QR715 at 2210, arrive Doha at 2300

Additional frequency:
Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri, Sat    QR719 at 0500, arrive Doha at 0550

The Doha  – Jeddah schedules, effective 22 February 2009 are: -

Depart Doha International Airport
Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat         QR766 at 1320, arrive Jeddah at 1600

Additional frequency:
Tue, Sun                                QR766 at 1320, arrive Jeddah at 1600

Depart King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah
Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat         QR767 at 1730, arrive Doha at 1945

Additional frequency:
Tue, Sun                                QR767 at 1730, arrive Doha at 1945

The Doha  – Riyadh schedules, effective 22 February 2009 are: -

Depart Doha International Airport
Mon, Wed, Thur                       QR720 at 1350, arrive Riyadh at 1520

Additional frequency:
Sat, Sun                                  QR720 at 1350, arrive Riyadh at 1520

Depart King Khaled International Airport, Riyadh
Mon, Wed, Thur                        QR721 at 1650, arrive Doha at 1810

Additional frequency:
Sat, Sun                                   QR721 at 1650, arrive Doha at 1810

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 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 2008, 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 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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