Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways today announced its 100th destination, a milestone for one of the world’s fastest growing airlines. In a span of just 13 years, starting with only four aircraft to currently 91, soaring from 13 destinations to 94, the carrier has experienced double digit growth year on year. The airline is ranked the third best in the world, and holds a string of accolades cementing its status as a high quality and service-oriented global 5-star carrier.
The latest route will start four-times-weekly flights to Aleppo, Syria, starting from 6 April 2011. Named as a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest cities in the world, Aleppo will be the airline’s second destination in Syria, after Damascus, where the carrier has been flying since 1998.
Qatar Airways is the first Gulf-based, international carrier to commence operations to Aleppo. The highly anticipated route will provide access to a global network spanning six continents from the airline’s hub in Doha. A key benefit of the route is the link it provides to Syrian communities around the world, in addition to a variety of leisure and business cities.
The latest destination will enhance trade and boost economic ties with Syria’s trading partners. Tourism will also see a strong surge, as visitors to the country have doubled since 1990 and will only continue to grow with the newly announced route.
The three-hour journey from Doha – Aleppo will be operated with an A320 in a two-class configuration featuring 12 seats in First Class and up to 132 seats in Economy. Aleppo will be the airline’s fifth new route in its global expansion in 2011, following Budapest (January 17), Bucharest (January 17), Brussels (January 31) and Stuttgart (March 6).
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to commemorate our 100th destination by announcing our latest route to a city in our home region. As one of the oldest cities in the world, Aleppo is of strategic importance, providing links between east and west via Doha for business and leisure purposes.”
The travel market in the Middle East is experiencing significant growth and one which Al Baker stressed Qatar Airways is well placed to take advantage of. With the addition of the new Boeing 787 aircraft, which will join the carrier’s fleet in late 2011 and be deployed on regional routes, capacity and frequency will only continue to grow.
“IATA pegged growth in the Middle East region at over 23 per cent in 2010 compared to last year. Our award-winning service and young and modern fleet will only propel our position as a leading global carrier,” he added.
Qatar Airways flies to a number of key leisure and business destinations including Delhi, London, New York, Washington, Houston, Melbourne, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.
From 24 November 2010, Qatar Airways launches flights to the French Mediterranean city of Nice.
The DOHA – ALEPPO schedules are:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Depart Doha QR430 at 1230 hrs, arrive Aleppo 1545 hrs
Depart Aleppo QR431 at 1645 hrs, arrive Doha 1940 hrs
Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 120 aircraft by 2013, by which time its global network will rise to 120 destinations. 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 200 jets worth over US$40 billion pending delivery 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
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