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PressRelease_25Feb09

Qatar Airways Reduces Fuel Surcharge On Flights In Global Network

Qatar Airways Reduces Fuel Surcharge On Flights In Global Network

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways today announced a reduction in the fuel surcharge on flights in its international network offering passengers great savings.


Passengers purchasing tickets to and from destinations served by the Doha-based airline will be able to take advantage of the new lower supplements.


The decrease in the fuel surcharge on short- and long-haul services in the airline’s global network follows an earlier reduction implemented by the airline in December on tickets for one-way and return flights from Doha , the carriers’ hub.


The move reflects the return to stability in oil prices over the past few months following an unprecedented surge during 2008.


Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways’ fuel surcharges have been significantly lower than those of other airlines. We have absorbed a large percentage of the increase in fuel prices in the past, passing very little onto the consumer.“


“In response to the recent reduction in oil and jet fuel prices, we are now pleased to lower the fuel surcharge substantially in our network, which demonstrates our commitment to the travelling public by offering highly competitive prices.”    


Qatar Airways continually monitors oil prices and will ensure future adjustments to the fuel surcharge are made dependent on market trends.


Qatar Airways operates a young and modern fleet of 67 Boeing and Airbus aircraft serving 83 key business and leisure cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America. The airline currently has outstanding orders for more than 200 aircraft worth over US$40 billion.


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 July, 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 was named as having the ‘World’s Leading Business Class’ by the World Travel Awards in December 2008 and 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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