Berlin / Munich, GERMANY – Qatar Airways wrapped up its successful participation at the world’s largest travel fair ITB Berlin with two office openings in Germany.
Chief Executive Officer ofQatar Airways Akbar Al Baker officially inaugurated the new sales and reservations offices in the city centres of Berlin and Munich and hosted a large number of high-profile guests from the travel trade, corporates, media and other business partners.
The launch of the two new city ticketing offices in Germany mark yet another milestone for Qatar Airways in the German market, where the airline flies 24 times a week to Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt.
Qatar’s Ambassador to Germany Saleh Mohamed Al-Nesef was the guest of honour for the official opening in Berlin, where he performed the ribbon and cake-cutting ceremony with Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker, Senior Manager Europe Paul Johannes and Regional Manager Central & Eastern Europe Raymond van der Veer.
The events followed the success of Qatar Airways’ presence at ITB Berlin, which included a press conference highlighting the carrier’s expansion plans to fly to Sydney and Melbourne in Australia; Goa and Amritsar in India; and 2 new destinations in Europe.
The red-carpet office opening receptions showcased the sleek and chic interior décor of the new offices incorporating the luxury image the airline.
Delivering a speech at the new Qatar Airways city office in Berlin, Al Baker was delighted to offer yet another facility for the airline’s customers that will make it more convenient to book flights in a more relaxed and stress-free atmosphere:
“Our guests and clients will not only be able to enjoy our company’s outstanding service in the air, but also on the ground, before the journey even begins,” he said.
“The opening of two new offices in Berlin and Munich reaffirms Qatar Airways’ commitment to this important market — an area of strategic focus for us. It will enable us to provide clients with the strengths of our global network, and offer excellent levels of hospitality that we are so renowned for worldwide.”
At the official Munich office opening in the heart of the Bavarian capital, Al Baker said: “For a service-based company such as ours, a close relationship with our customers is a key factor to success. An airline’s customers may research prices on the internet, they may seek the specific, professional advice of a travel agent, but they often require direct contact with the airline. This may be due to particular travel demands, or needs to make last-minute changes to his or her travel plans.
“With our two new offices, we are taking a large step closer to our customers.”
The carrier’s new office in Berlin at the world-famous Potsdamer Platz, and in Munich’s city centre, where the airline has a prime location, has created job opportunities for the German public and has contributed to fostering relations between the two countries.
Since the Doha-based carrier started operating to Germany in 1998 with flights to Munich, Qatar Airways has truly established itself as a major international player with 24 flights a week spread across three German cities – Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt. In Frankfurt the airline also has a representative office at one of the city’s finest addresses close to the stock market.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 68Airbus and Boeing aircraft to 83 diverse business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America.
The Doha-based carrier will have a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. The airline 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 2012 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
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