Kochi, INDIA – Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, has announced a significant increase in the capacity of its flights from Doha to Kochi being upgraded from a narrow-body Airbus 321 to a wide-body Airbus 330.
The A330 will be operational on all 11 frequencies to and from Kochi connecting to more than 125 destinations around the world via the airline's hub in Doha. The announcement coincides with the 5-Star airline’s tenth anniversary of successful operations to the popular tourist city in the South-Indian State of Kerala.
“The decision to increase capacity to and from Kochi comes in time to meet growing passenger demand and reflects our aggressive expansion strategy to offer customers a superior travel experience and seamless connectivity,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker. “India is a very important part of our expansion strategy and this is evident by the operation of 95 flights per week from 12 cities in the India network.”
Along with Kochi, Qatar Airways’ Indian operations cover daily services to Doha from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Trivandrum, Chennai and Bengaluru, and double daily flights from Delhi.
Qatar Airways operates the A330 flights to Kochi in a two-class configuration of 248 seats in Economy and 36 seats in Business Class. The aircraft features seatback TV screens providing all passengers in both cabins with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system with a choice of more than 900 audio and video on demand options.
“In line with our commitment to this market and the consistent increase in demand from Indian passengers, we will continue to invest in our fleet and offer capacity to the routes where there is a need,” continued Al Baker.
“There are a significant number of Indian expatriates from Kochi who are working in Qatar and the GCC. The increase in capacity will enable us to quickly meet the growing demand of these passengers,” he added.
Passengers from Kochi can travel to popular destinations including Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Salalah, Dammam, Jeddah, London, New York and Chicago via the airline’s Doha hub.
At the same time, with the new upgraded service between Doha and Kochi, travellers from around the world may more easily access tourist spots such as Kochi’s picturesque backwaters and beach resorts.
Award-winning Qatar Airways has an extensive Indian network offering 95 passenger flights non-stop each week from 12 gateway cities to Doha.
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 worldwide.
Qatar Airways has so far launched six destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman) and Basra (Iraq).
Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Chengdu, China (September 3), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia, USA (2 April 2014).
KOCHI – DOHA schedules: 11-times-a-week
Depart Kochi QR 265 at 04:25 hrs, arrive Doha at 06:15 hrs
Depart Doha QR 264 at 20:15 hrs, arrive Kochi at 03:15 hrs next day
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Depart Kochi QR 267 at 09:30 hrs, arrive Doha at 11:20 hrs
Depart Doha QR 266 at 01:20 hrs, arrive Kochi at 08:20 hrs
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
For further information:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 44302072, Fax: +974 44302069