Qatar Airways’ double-storey exhibition stand at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.
DOHA/DUBAI: Qatar Airways, one of the leading carriers in the Mena region, is expected to make important announcements, about the most awaited opening of Hamad International Airport and the airlines’ expansion plans, at the upcoming Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, a press statement said yesterday.
“As the premier travel show in the Middle East, ATM is the perfect platform for Qatar Airways to announce some of our expansion plans across the Middle East and worldwide,” Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways said.
“We have a lot to showcase and discuss with the re-launch of Boeing 787 services and the opening of Hamad International Airport this year, and our continued commitment to open up the region to international travellers. I look forward to speaking about the next chapter in our success story to travel partners and customers,” he said.
Al Baker added that he was looking forward to sharing exciting developments especially for the home markets with the introduction of new routes.
The national carrier will have a major presence at the four-day event that will be held from tomorrow until Thursday at the Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre that will attract the crème de la crème of the travel industry from around the world.
The airline returns this year to the ATM to showcase how 2012 was a year of unprecedented growth and expansion with 12 new routes launched.
Since then the airline has grown from strength to strength, winning numerous awards and achieving a number of momentous milestones, including being an elect member of the Oneworld Alliance, winning the Skytrax Airline of the Year 2012 award for the second year running, and introducing many new routes including Warsaw (Poland), Chicago (USA), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Najaf (Iraq) and Gassim (Saudi Arabia).
This year at the ATM, the Middle East’s largest travel show, Qatar Airways’ double-storey exhibition stand will herald the return of the airline’s Business and Economy Class Boeing 787 seats featured onboard the Dreamliner, at its stand (ME 4240).
Qatar Airways won a raft of awards during the past year, including Best Long-Haul Airline (UK Business Travel Awards), Airline of the Year (Skytrax), Best Business Class in the World (Business Traveller Middle East), Best Airline in the Middle East and Africa (Business Traveller Asia Pacific) and World’s Best Premium Service Airport (Skytrax).
The airline has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, flying a modern fleet of 123 aircraft to 126 key destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas, including Chicago, the airline’s newest point introduced on April 10.
Over the next few weeks and months, Qatar Airways will launch scheduled flights to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Salalah, Oman (May 22); Basra, Iraq (June 3); Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20) and Chengdu, China (September 3) with many more new destinations planned.