JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Qatar Airways celebrated 10 years of successful service to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa last week, where the airline hosted press events and travel trade receptions; inaugurated a new office in Cape Town and held a series of high-level press briefings, revealing details of its enhanced services to South Africa as part of its expanding global operations.
The five-star airline has been successfully serving South Africa from its Doha hub since 2005 and currently operates to Cape Town three times weekly and Johannesburg 10 times weekly.
Starting October 1, 2015, Qatar Airways will add four additional frequencies taking its Cape Town service to a full daily service, and from December 17, 2015, will upgrade its Johannesburg service to a double daily service.
In addition, on December 17, 2015, the airline will start a four-times weekly service to Durban – with all three routes being serviced by the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
“As we begin another decade of flying to beautiful South Africa, we are delighted to further expand frequencies to both Cape Town and Johannesburg, and begin services to Durban,” said Marwan Koleilat, Qatar Airways, Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer.
“Our relationship with South Africa has developed and grown consistently since we began back in 2005, and now thanks to an ever-increasing passenger demand from passengers who value our renowned and award-winning five-star service, we look forward to another successful decade of services.”
During the series of events, guests were treated to performances by top local performing artists and entertainers, while the former Miss South Africa and television presenter, Cindy Nell, hosted the Cape Town event as the Master of Ceremony and Jennifer Su, TV and radio presenter, hosted the Johannesburg event.
The receptions in both cities were attended by a number of dignitaries and members of the travel trade and business community. The State of Qatar’s Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Salem Abdulla Al-Jaber was a guest at the events in both Cape Town and Johannesburg where he was joined by the Ambassadors from the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic Bulgaria, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Lebanon, the Republic of Ecuador and the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, in celebrating the airline’s milestone.
Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which will be operated on all three routes to South Africa offers passengers the very latest inflight experience. Business Class passengers can relax and enjoy an enhanced travel experience with the 80-inch fully flat beds, 17-inch televisions screens, Qatar Airways’ five-star food and beverage service – which is served ‘dine on demand’ – and a beautifully designed cabin which minimises traveller fatigue. Similarly, Economy Class passengers can relax and enjoy the more than 2,000 entertainment options on the 10.6-inch inflight TV entertainment system and relax in one of the most spacious cabins in the sky.
All services from South Africa route through the world’s newest airport hub, and Qatar Airways’ new home, the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport (HIA). Featuring more than 70 shops and more than 30 restaurants, a 100-room hotel, a spa including swimming pool, squash courts and gymnasium, HIA sets new benchmarks in passenger experience and has already won three Skytrax awards in its first year of operations.
Qatar Airways is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines and has one of the youngest fleets in the sky. Currently serving 146 global destinations with 158 aircraft, the five-star airline has more than 330 aircraft on order valued at more than US$70bn.
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About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways celebrated its one year anniversary, in October 2014, of joining the oneworld global alliance. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join this global airline alliance, enabling its passengers to benefit from almost 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures. The award-winning oneworld alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2014 by Skytrax for the second year running.
Qatar Airways recently launched Oryx One, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 2,000. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the five-star airline’s on-board Wifi and GSM service.
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