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PressRelease_08Aug10

Qatar Airways Ramps Up Frequency To Land Of The Nile

Qatar Airways Ramps Up Frequency To Land Of The Nile

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways has expanded its operations to Egypt, with additional flights to both Alexandria and Luxor to commence over a four week period from August.


Daily services to popular holiday destination Alexandria begun 2 August and daily flights to Luxor begin 1 September, both up from four weekly services.


The additional services will see Qatar Airways operate a total of 21 flights a week to Egypt, with the airline already operating daily to Egypt’s capital city of Cairo.


Qatar Airways’ capacity increases to both cities is expected to provide passengers with greater access to Egypt, as well as provide increased connectivity to a number of key business and leisure destinations via the airline’s Doha hub.


Alternating flight departure and arrival times offer flexible connections to a variety of destinations in the GCC, Europe, the Far East, and cities on the airline’s network as far away as Melbourne in Australia.


The Alexandria and Luxor routes are operated using Airbus A320 aircraft, which have a total of 144 seats, including 12 seats in First Class and 132 in Economy Class.


Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the new daily services to Alexandria and Luxor enabled the airline to offer its customers added convenience when they selected their travel itineraries.


“We are very pleased to be able to provide daily flights to both Alexandria and Luxor. Added to our daily Boeing 777 services to Cairo, Qatar Airways now offers customers a fantastic service across Egypt, said Al Baker.


“IATA (International Air Transport Association) has highlighted Africa 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 would like to applaud the Egyptian authorities for their efforts in making these latest route enhancements possible,” added Al Baker.


Qatar Airways’ ongoing growth strategy has seen the launch of seven new routes from its Doha hub this year, including Bengaluru (Bangalore), Copenhagen, Ankara, Tokyo, Barcelona, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. The airline also has plans to step up frequency and capacity to a number of existing routes.


During a four-month period starting in October 2010, Qatar Airways will expand its international route network further with six new routes, operating scheduled flights from Doha to Phuket, Hanoi, Nice, Bucharest, Budapest and Brussels.


Qatar Airways is the only Five Star ranked airline operating between the Middle East and South America, and was recently elevated to the top three airlines in the world in the prestigious Skytrax global rankings.


By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve 120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of 120 aircraft. Today, the airline’s fleet stands at 86 aircraft, flying to destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North and South America.


 


The Doha – Alexandria schedules (all times local)


 


Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays


Depart Doha                QR510 at 07:25 hrs, arrive Alexandria 10:55 hrs


Depart Alexandria       QR511 at 11:55 hrs, arrive Doha 15:05 hrs


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays


Depart Doha                QR512 at 15:15 hrs, arrive Alexandria 18:45 hrs


Depart Alexandria       QR513 at 20:30 hrs, arrive Doha 23:40 hrs


The Doha – Luxor schedules (all times local)


Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays


Depart Doha                QR516 at 16:25 hrs, arrive Luxor 19:25 hrs


Depart Luxor               QR517 at 20:25 hrs, arrive Doha 23:15 hrs


 


Tuesday, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays


Depart Doha                QR518 at 07:25 hrs, arrive Luxor 10:25 hrs


Depart Luxor               QR519 at 11:25 hrs, arrive Doha 14:15 hrs


 


Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 86 aircraft to 92 diverse cities across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. The airline has over 200 aircraft pending delivery worth more than US$40 billion.


Ranked Five Star for service and excellence by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency also places Qatar Airways among the world’s top three carriers. At the 2010 Skytrax World Airline Awards, Qatar Airways was awarded World’s Best Business Class, Best Airline in the Middle East for the fifth consecutive year, World’s Best Business Class Catering, and the Staff Service Excellence Award for the Middle East. The awards are compiled from results of the annual Skytrax passenger survey in which almost 18 million travellers were polled over a 10-month period. 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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