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Istanbul, TURKEY – Qatar Airways, the Doha-based carrier, has upgraded its capacity on its Istanbul - Doha route, with an Airbus A330 aircraft.
As of 1 July, the introduction of the new wide-body aircraft results in an increased capacity on flights to Istanbul by 166 seats per day, a nearly 50% increase.
All flights on the Doha – Istanbul routes will be operated with a modern Airbus A330, featuring a two-class configuration, including up to 24 seats in Business Class and up to 258 seats in Economy Class. The aircraft offers seatback TV screens providing passengers with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system and a choice of more than 1000 audio and video on demand options.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “After more than 10 successful years of operations in Turkey, we are absolutely delighted to introduce a wide body aircraft on our Istanbul route, which will provide our passengers extra capacity and an optimised level of service and comfort.”
Istanbul is a popular route for leisure and business traffic and the additional flights will provide greater options for travellers in the midst of the holiday period.
“The route to Istanbul was initially introduced with 3 weekly flights and has now increased to a 10 flights-weekly flights due to strong passenger demand from the Turkish market,” said Ian Lovelock, Qatar Airways Senior Manager Eastern Europe.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 127 aircraft to 128 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.
Qatar Airways has so far launched six destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Salalah (Oman), Najaf and Basra (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Chicago (USA).Over the next few months, the network will grow further with Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Chengdu, China (September 3) and recently-announced new routes of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia, USA (2 April 2014).
DOHA – ISTANBUL (Sundays and Thursdays)Depart Doha on QR 482 at 0750hrs, arrive in Istanbul at 1220hrsDepart Doha on QR 480 at 1400hrs, arrive in Istanbul at 1830hrs
DOHA – ISTANBUL (Mondays)Depart Doha on QR 482 at 0750hrs, arrive in Istanbul at 1220hrsDepart Doha on QR 480 at 1350hrs, arrive in Istanbul at 1820hrs
DOHA – ISTANBUL (Tuesdays and Saturdays)Depart Doha on QR 480 at 1400hrs, arrive in Istanbul at 1830hrs
DOHA – ISTANBUL (Wednesdays and Fridays)Depart Doha on QR 482 at 0750, arrive in Istanbul at 1220hrs
ISTANBUL – DOHA (Sundays and Thursdays)Depart Istanbul on QR483 at 1320hrs, arrive in Doha at 1730hrsDepart Istanbul on QR481 at 1930hrs, arrive in Doha at 2340hrs
ISTANBUL – DOHA (Mondays)Depart Istanbul on QR483 at 1325hrs, arrive in Doha at 1735hrsDepart Istanbul on QR481 at 1930hrs, arrive in Doha at 2340hrs
ISTANBUL – DOHA (Tuesdays)Depart Istanbul on QR481 at 1935hrs, arrive in Doha at 2345hrs
ISTANBUL – DOHA (Wednesdays)Depart Istanbul on QR483 at 1325hrs, arrive in Doha at 1735hrs
ISTANBUL – DOHA (Fridays)Depart Istanbul on QR483 at 1320hrs, arrive in Doha at 1730hrs
ISTANBUL – DOHA (Saturdays)Depart Istanbul on QR481 at 1930hrs, arrive in Doha at 2340hrs
Notes to Editors:
Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. At the recent Skytrax World Airline awards at the 2013 Paris Air Show, the airline was awarded Best Business Class in the World, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East, and Best Business Class Lounge in the World .In October 2012, Qatar Airways became the first of the major Gulf carriers to officially announce plans to join a global alliance having been invited into the oneworld group. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
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