Qatar Airways announces expansion to 120 destinations in the next 5 years.


In a press conference held at ATM, CEO Akbar Al Baker of Qatar Airways announced the global expansion for the airline is on schedule over the next 10 months.

Qatar Airways are expanding their fleet and with an average of 35% growth, 2008/09 passenger numbers exceeding 12 million, they are proving the time is right to expand across the globe.

Mr Akbar Al Baker says
“The future is bright for Qatar Airways. We are targeting 120 destinations in the next 5 years with over 200 aircrafts on order worth US$40 Billion. We are committed to our expansion regardless on what happens around the world. We will continue to invest”.

When asked about the current climate and how it is affecting Qatar Airways, Mr Akbar Al Baker replied:
“We are positive as during the time of Sars, 9/11, we were resilient as we know how to attract our passengers and we are confident in our product. From the 1st quarter in 2008 compared to 1st quarter in 2009, we have grown 33%”.

In terms of competition in the area, Mr Akbar Al Baker says:
“When low cost is concerned, if we find a low cost carrier entering our market directly competing with us, we will have a product to release in 90 days which will be competitive. This will only happen if we are threatened”.

There is no stopping Qatar Airways global domination as with their new daily non-stop flights between Doha and Houston, this has lead to an increase in destinations including Geneva, Lagos, Manila and Muscat. Adding Goa and Amritsar in India as two of their 7 latest destinations, approval from Australia will allow the Airline access to two key cities being Melbourne and Sydney where the 777-200 aircrafts will be used.

Continuing their unbeatable service records, catering for the high end and backpacker markets will always be their priority. Not to mention their goal in becoming the 1st Airline powered by gas and liquid.
Qatar Airways is dedicated to making a difference and with becoming the first and only Middle East carrier to join the Aviation Global Deal (AGD) group who are an industry wide body made up of a select few airlines which aims to help develop a global policy for tackling aviation emissions, this dream will be achieved.

Mr Akbar Al Baker added that the expansion of the existing airport infrastructure is of high importance to encourage growth and numbers into the region. The New Doha International Airport will be opened in two years time to handle our current expansion plans. This means the airport will be able to handle 24 million passengers annually rising to 50 million beyond 2015.

New Doha International Airport’s Emiri Terminal (Complex)         Passenger Terminal Approach

The new transit facility is due to open at the eastern apron for passengers with less than 60 minute flight connections.
Qatar Airways Premium Terminal which will be exclusive only for First and Business Class passengers, will grow by 80% and is due to open next month. Guest will have the luxury of driving through a side entrance; access to more shower rooms, buffet and dining areas, duty free will also be exclusive for these passengers.

Privilege Club Gold Lounge at Doha International Airport

Qatar Airways recently won the airline award for Best Economy Class in the Middle East from readers of the monthly Business Traveller Middle East magazine at a ceremony for travel industry professionals held in Dubai yesterday. Weeks before, they walked away with the Best Airline award from Skytrax – 4 years in a row.

Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777-200 Long Range Economy Class Section -Rear View

As the reputation of this airline continues to soar across the globe, this shows Qatar Airways is committed to offering the travelling public unrivalled levels of in-flight service, comfort and a choice of over 120 destinations.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.V
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