Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways today unveiled the launch date of its newest Indian destination with daily non-stop scheduled flights between Doha and Bengaluru (Bangalore) beginning on February 22.
The vibrant southern Indian city – dubbed as India’s Silicon Valley, being home to the country’s largest IT software industry – becomes the airline’s 11th destination in India and first new route of 2010.
Commonly referred to as Bangalore, the city is also home to some of the country’s most affluent colleges and research institutions with numerous public sector companies across the aerospace, telecommunications and defence industries.
With excellent flight connections from Europe, United States, Africa and the Middle East, the new route is expected be popular among friends and family returning to Bengaluru, as well as the international business community with strong commercial links to the city.
Whether flying to London, Paris, Rome, Frankfurt, Geneva, Nairobi, Dubai, Muscat, New York, Washington or Houston, Qatar Airways offers excellent short connections to such diverse cities.
The airline also provides convenient connections to many destinations across the United States, including Bengaluru’s sister city of San Francisco, through code share flights operated by partner carrier United Airlines.
To celebrate the new route, Qatar Airways is introducing launch fares from key international markets to Bengaluru. The airline kicks off its promotional activities this week with a print and radio media campaign across the southern Indian state of Karnataka, of which Bengaluru is the capital city.
In addition, depending on the country of origin, members of Qatar Airways Privilege Club will earn up to 28,000 bonus Qmiles when they fly the new Bengaluru route. For more details on the offer, visit www.qmiles.com.
With the addition of Bengaluru, Qatar Airways’ Indian capacity will rise to 71 flights a week spread across 11 cities. These include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Cochin, Kozhikode, and recently introduced Goa and Amritsar.
The Doha – Bengaluru route will be operated by an Airbus A320, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the new route demonstrated the airline’s ongoing commitment to the Indian market.
“2010 is going to be yet another exciting year for Qatar Airways and I am delighted that India will once again figure prominently in our expansion plans with the launch of Bengaluru from February 22 to further strengthen our operations in the country.
“Having recently launched flights to Goa and Amritsar, our new Bengaluru flights will provide even more choice for holidaymakers to India, but also provide a strategic air link for IT companies in and around Bengaluru with rest of the world.”
For more information on Bengaluru, visit www.qatarairways.com/bengaluru.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 76 aircraft to 85 diverse business and leisure cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East, North America and Australasia with plans to top 120 destinations worldwide by 2013.
Bengaluru is the first of six new routes – Ankara, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Barcelona and Sydney – planned by Qatar Airways during 2010.
The Doha – Bengaluru (Bangalore) daily flight schedules (all times local) are:
Depart Doha International Airport
QR226 at 2100 hrs, arrive Bengaluru at 0335 hrs
Depart Bengaluru International Airport
QR227 at 0435 hrs, arrive Doha at 0640 hrs
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. Qatar Airways’ Economy Class has been voted Best in the World in the annual Skytrax passenger survey, in which more than 16 million travellers were polled. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 120 aircraft by 2013. The airline 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 carrier 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