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AMSTERDAM WELCOMES QATAR AIRWAYS AHEAD OF INAUGURAL FLIGHT

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, unveiled the five-star airline’s vision for its latest new destination, Amsterdam, at a press conference today at the Intercontinental Amstel Hotel.


Speaking to a select group of VIPs and local and international media, Mr. Al Baker revealed the full details of the airline’s imminent services to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, highlighting the multiple benefits the new route will offer.


“As an airline, we are always looking for new opportunities to grow and expand our worldwide network,” said Mr. Al Baker. “Amsterdam is a major capital, one of the busiest airports in Europe, and one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world. We have been pursuing the opportunity to open this new route for some time and I am pleased to have achieved our ambition. We have high expectations for the new Amsterdam-Doha flight with many passengers already booked on our new flights.


“Passengers to and from Amsterdam will have the opportunity to enjoy Qatar Airways’ exceptional service and the world’s best Business and Economy Class service while travelling on our Boeing 787 offering them luxury and comfort. Furthermore the convenient connection times and seamless transit experience offered by our award-winning Hamad International Airport will make onward connectivity to our worldwide network a pleasure.”


The Amsterdam-Doha route will start on 16th June 2015 and will operate six times per week with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The new passenger services will further complement Qatar Airways’ existing freighter services to Amsterdam, boosting capacity by 10 per cent. Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s fifth largest cargo carrier, launched airfreight services to Schiphol Airport in 2003. The airline is celebrating 12 successful years of supporting the successful growth of Dutch and international businesses by operating B777 freighter services connecting Amsterdam with worldwide markets via Chicago as well as its Doha hub.


The Boeing 787 is one of the latest generation aircraft in the airline’s 158 strong fleet. This aircraft offers 254 seats configured in two classes, with 22 fully-flat bed seats in Business Class and 232 in Economy Class. Flying non-stop, the total journey time between Doha and Amsterdam is six hours and 35 minutes and passengers can enjoy superior on board entertainment and access to more than 2,000 blockbusters, films, music and television from Oryx One.


Flights will be departing from Amsterdam mid-afternoon arriving in Doha late evening and will not only give passengers the convenience and flexibility of reaching the Qatari capital, but also of connecting to more than 140 destinations through the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport, the airline’s Doha-hub. Passengers can connect with 47 destinations in Africa & the Middle East, explore 43 destinations in Asia and travel to two of the most popular Australian cities, Melbourne and Perth, all via Doha. The return flight to Amsterdam will leave Doha in the morning arriving into Amsterdam in early afternoon.


Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 18th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 158 aircraft flying to 146 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.


Flights between DOHA - AMSTERDAM from June 16


Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays


Doha                     08:25 hrs
Amsterdam           14:00 hrs


Amsterdam           16:10 hrs
Doha                     23:15 hrs


For images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/sets/72157653073159470


Notes to Editors:


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.


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For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 40222072, Fax: +974 40225350
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com


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