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Qatar Airways announces three new routes



May 6, 2005: Qatar Airways is planning to expand its service routes in the next few months with addition of three new destinations – Mashad (Iran), Alexandria (Egypt) and Nairobi (Kenya) – even as the airline is all decked up to start operations to the Greek capital, Athens. 

The Iranian holy city of Mashad and Egyptian tourist centre of Alexandria will be added to Qatar Airways network in June, which would be followed by the Kenyan capital of Nairobi in October.

Announcing the launch in Dubai, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the airline intends to start services to all the centres from its base in Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar. 

Qatar Airways had launched its scheduled flights to Tunis and Algiers on May 2, 2005, and with the proposed new additions, Qatar Airways would be operating to a total of 62 destinations across the world, including India, with a fleet of 40 modern Airbus aircraft. 

Al Baker said the expansion reinforced Qatar Airways’ status as one of the fastest growing airlines in the world.

“Our expansion is being achieved with a dedicated workforce, careful planning and the delivery of modern, reliable and comfortable state-of-the-art aircraft,” he said.

Qatar Airways is busy preparing for its 63rd route – Athens – which is expected to go live in June this year. 

“Our new routes will be ideal for pilgrims, holidaymakers and business travellers from the region and, indeed around the world, who can feed into our flights in and out of Doha,” he said. 

“The business is there, the market is there, demand is there – and we operate routes to serve the growing needs of our passengers,” he added.

Qatar Airways is also increasing capacity in key markets this summer and in the forthcoming winter.

Al Baker revealed that the airline took delivery of its 40th aircraft last week, a brand new Airbus A330-300 with one of the best Business and First Class cabins in the sky.

The company is also intending to upgrade its Zurich flights from the present Airbus A319 to the larger A300s, while the new services to Tunis and Algiers will be also served by the latter. 

Qatar Airways is also looking at increasing frequency to Manchester in the UK, Al Baker said.

The airline is also increasing the number of services to Germany following the recently-concluded more liberal bilateral agreement Between the governments of Qatar and Germany, he said.

Its fleet of 40 aircraft will almost double within a few years, thanks to a $5.1 billion order for 34 additional Airbus aircraft signed in 2003. The airline is one of the launch customers of the twin-deck A380 ‘super jumbos’ with four aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2009 to coincide with the opening of the New Doha International Airport.

The new routes are:

Mashad 2-times-a-week from June 1, 2005
Alexandria 3-times-a-week from June 9, 2005
Athens 6-times-week from June 15,2005
Nairobi to be finalized from October 2005



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