Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker announces new routes at a press conference on the opening day of ITB Berlin in the German capital yesterday.
DOHA/BERLIN: Qatar Airways yesterday announced five new passenger routes, more cargo services and capacity increases to a number of destinations wordwide served direct from the airline’s Doha hub.
Iraq, Tanzania, Serbia and Myanmar are featured in the passenger route expansion programme over a six-month period starting in May. New freighter services will be introduced to Korea, Pakistan, South Africa and Oman, while frequency of passenger flights will be stepped up to destinations in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker unveiled the expansion programme on the opening day of ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel show taking place in the German capital this week. Two destinations in Iraq – the northern city of Erbil and capital Baghdad – will be introduced to the carrier’s Middle East network in May and June respectively. Qatar Airways will induct a second Tanzanian point to its African map with the launch of flights to Kilimanjaro. The Serbian capital Belgrade becomes the newest addition to the carrier’s European portfolio in September and the airline returns to Myanmar, serving the capital city Yangon from October after a four-year absence.
In addition, Qatar Airways announced an expansion to its dedicated freighter services with four new routes – Karachi (Pakistan), Seoul (Korea), Johannesburg (South Africa) and Muscat (Oman), to be phased in from March 26. The carrier currently operates a fleet of six freighters to 33 destinations worldwide.
Qatar Airways is stepping up the number of flights across its network in phases from March 25, the beginning of the Northern Summer flying schedule.
In Asia, the Kuala Lumpur route will be expanded from double daily to 17 services each week, while the daily Jakarta service will gain three additional flights taking capacity up to 10-a-week.
In Europe, a fifth daily flight will be introduced on the Doha – London Heathrow route. With the recent opening of a new First and Business Class lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4 – the carrier’s first outside Doha – the new flights are a welcome boost to one of the airline’s most popular routes. Flights to Milan will be stepped up from 11 flights each week to double daily.
In North Africa, services to Algiers will increase from seven to 11 services each week, while the Egyptian capital Cairo will have an additional three flights taking frequency up to 12 a week.
Three destinations in the Gulf will be boosted with additional capacity. The Kuwait route will have 13 additional flights taking frequency up from 42 to 55 flights a week, while frequency to the Omani capital of Muscat will be stepped up from 24 to 31 services each week. Abu Dhabi, capital city of the United Arab Emirates, will secure an additional daily flight, seeing capacity rise from 35 to 42 flights every week (six daily).
Business, Economy seats
Qatar Airways yesterday unveiled new Business and Economy Class seats for its Boeing 787 aircraft that will be inducted into the fleet this summer. The airline’s new 787 seats promise to deliver a whole new passenger travel experience across both cabins with the industry’s newest aircraft. The Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit, together with other VIPs joined Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker for the official unveiling of the seats on the opening day of ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel fair taking place in the German capital this week. The seats are a central feature of Qatar Airways’ new-look exhibition stand, which is making its debut at the five-day event.
Qatar Airways’ new 787s will feature a total of 254 seats in a two-class configuration of 22 in Business Class and 232 in Economy. A striking feature of every seat throughout the aircraft will be the award-winning touch screen Android technology control units that will debut on Qatar Airways’ 787s. The touch-screen control unit has a unique dual screen interface allowing passengers to play games on their handheld device while enjoying a movie on their personal screen.