Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways has announced plans to expand flights to Germany with the introduction of scheduled services to Stuttgart and greater capacity to Munich next year.
Stuttgart, to be served three-times-a-week, will be the Doha-based carrier’s fourth destination in Germany. Known as the “cradle of the automobile industry”, flights to Germany’s sixth largest city will begin on 9 March 2011. At the same time, Qatar Airways will increase frequency on the Doha – Munich route from daily flights to 11 services a week using Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft.
The news comes as Qatar Airways prepares to embark on a huge European expansion drive with the launch of flights to Nice, Budapest, Bucharest and Brussels over a 10 week-period from November 2010 to January 2011.
Qatar Airways’ new flights to Stuttgart and additional services to Munich will see the airline operate 31- flights-a-week non-stop from Doha to four destinations across Germany. The carrier already serves Berlin daily and Frankfurt with 10-flights-a-week.
By March next year, Qatar Airways will operate 182 flights a week to cities across Europe, one of the carrier’s key global markets.
The Airbus A319 single-aisle aircraft designated to operate the new Stuttgart route features a capacity of 110 seats – eight in Business Class and 102 in Economy. The aircraft is equipped with the state-of-the-art Oryx Entertainment system offering individual TV touch screens in each seat and over 700 audio video entertainment options.
The aircraft also features OnAir mobile telecommunication technology allowing passengers to send and receive SMS and MMS messages, as well as browse the web using their internet-enabled mobile device.
Located in southwest Germany, Stuttgart has a population of around 600,000 people with a metropolitan area of over five million inhabitants. The city is home to automobile car giants Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. Porsche is the majority shareholder of Volkswagen AG, the parent company of Volkswagen Group which owns luxury car brands Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the German expansion was long-awaited and represented the airline’s commitment to one of Europe’s biggest and strategically important markets.
“I would like to extend my thanks to the German authorities for providing Qatar Airways with greater access to Germany which has been a largely underserved market from the Gulf,” said Al Baker.
“Munich was our first route in Germany launched in 1998 and since then we have come a long way in the German market with more routes and more frequencies to give our passengers the choice they deserve.
“Securing Stuttgart and stepping up frequency to Munich, one of our most popular German routes, is a great boon for the airline. The market is there and Qatar Airways has been eager to capitalise on it, so we look forward to further strengthening our position in Germany during 2011. The new services will offer convenient connections to cities across the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
“Qatar Airways has a busy few months ahead with Europe figuring strongly in our expansion plans clearly demonstrating our commitment to this part of the world,” added Al Baker.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 89 aircraft from its Doha hub to 92 key business and leisure cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America.
|The Doha – Stuttgart schedules effective Wednesday 9 March 2011:|
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Depart Doha QR937 at 0745 hrs, arrival Stuttgart 1240 hrs
Depart Stuttgart QR938 at 1540 hrs, arrival Doha 2345 hrs
All times local
The additional Doha – Munich frequencies effective Wednesday 9 March 2011:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Depart Doha QR003 at 0845 hrs, arrival Munich 1310 hrs
Depart Munich QR004 at 1550 hrs, arrival Doha 2325 hrs
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. Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 120 aircraft by 2013, by which time its global network will rise to 120 destinations. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
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