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Qatar Airways Increases Capacity To Stockholm

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways today announced a significant increase in capacity to Sweden with the Doha – Stockholm route being expanded to a daily service and a wide body Airbus A330 being deployed from next year.

Beginning March 28, at the start of the Summer 2010 flying schedules, frequency will rise from five to seven-flights-a-week. The larger Airbus A330s will offer passengers in every seat across the Business and Economy cabins with a fully interactive personal audio and video entertainment system.

The expansion widens Qatar Airways’ reach in Scandinavia, with more flights and bigger aircraft offering passengers in the region greater connection opportunities to Stockholm – and more choice to the airline’s Doha hub with convenient onward connections to key business and leisure cities across the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, Far East and Australia.

Convenient flight timings will also offer good connections to Melbourne, the airline’s newest route which is due to be launched on December 6.

Qatar Airways has been operating a 110-seat Airbus A319 on the Stockholm route since the Swedish service was launched in November 2007. Last month, Qatar Airways stepped up capacity to Stockholm from four to five flights a week.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the additional two frequencies making it a daily service next year and larger aircraft demonstrated the airline’s commitment to the Scandinavian market.

“Stockholm has been one of our best-performing routes since we launched the service less than two years ago,” he said.

“With flights going full, we have at last been able to announce that very soon larger aircraft will be deployed with more frequency to provide greater choice and an increasingly competitive product.

“I am delighted that we will be offering the travelling public what they fully deserve. More choice of flights and great inflight entertainment not only for travellers to and from Sweden, but also across Scandinavia with great connections to and from the rest of the region.”

Connecting cities include Gothenburg in Sweden; Oslo in Norway; the Danish capital Copenhagen; and Helsinki, capital of Finland.

Added Al Baker: “With the extra capacity being deployed, we are able to spread our award-winning Five Star message to more people in this underserved part of the world.

“I am sure our passengers flying to and from Stockholm will have a whole new inflight experience with a fully interactive entertainment system offering plenty of audio and video options and great comfort levels.”

The twin-aisle A330s will offer more than twice the current A319 seating capacity – up to 260 seats with 24 in Business and 236 in Economy – marking a huge capacity hike in time for the busy summer season.

All passengers have access to seatback TV screens giving them the opportunity to watch programmes at the time of their choice. The fully interactive system allows passengers to forward, rewind, stop and pause their programmes giving them greater flexibility over their viewing options.

Regardless of class of travel, passengers can enjoy the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system with a choice of more than 900 audio and video on demand options. From music, documentaries, movies, sport, comedy, children’s programmes and interactive games, passengers are rest assured of a great choice of entertainment through the airline’s Oryx Entertainment system.

Qatar Airways was recently named Best Business Airline at the prestigious World Travel Awards in London, at which it walked away with the title for the second consecutive year.

With a pitch of 60 inches, the 2-2-2 configured Business Class convert into flat beds offering premium passengers to and from Stockholm with a long-haul experience of a widebody aircraft for the first time on the route.

Qatar Airways’ Economy Class, recently voted Best in the World by the independent industry audit Skytrax, offers ergonomically designed seats and a generous seat pitch of up to 34 inches.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 72 aircraft to 84 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Far East, South Asia and North America.

The airline’s fleet will increase to more than 120 aircraft by 2013 and destinations served are set to rise to over 120 in the next five years.

Beginning December 6, Qatar Airways launches non-stop flights between Doha and Melbourne marking its entry into the Australian market for the first time. In the New Year, the airline plans to introduce flights to Sydney, as well as two, as yet announced, destinations in Europe.

Qatar Airways was voted Best Business Airline of the Year at the World Travel Awards in November 2009. Its Economy Class was named Best in the World at 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 120 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 24 Airbus A320 Family of aircraft, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline has aircraft orders for more than 220 jets worth over US$40 billion and is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012, by which time the New Doha International Airport would have opened. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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