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Old December 26th, 2010, 12:43 PM   #561
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Apart from Tianjin & Chongqing, Chengdu is also a likely choice. It is the city of Panda, one of the favourite tourist destination, it is also located on the western part of China, with huge population & with good connections to the rest of chinese cities. Not sure about Shenzhen, although a industrial & commercial district, it is located right between Hong Kong & Guangzhou, both cities are only a hour away. QR might as well open a new route to Guangzhou instead.
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Old December 26th, 2010, 02:39 PM   #562
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Im not familiar with Chinese aviation. Any ideas what the two cities will be??

Maybe 深圳 Shenzhen, 天津 Tianjin, 重庆 Chongqing
I'm keeping an eye on this one but there are several huge cities in the interior, such as Wuhan and Chongqing.
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Old December 26th, 2010, 05:31 PM   #563
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Qatar Airways plans to fly Buenos Aires non-stop.

Currently, the flights are daily via Sao Paulo, but the airline wants to have both destinations direct.

Doha-Buenos Aires would be one of the longest commercial routes in the world.
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Old December 26th, 2010, 09:05 PM   #564
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Qatar Airways to boost presence in Korea
27 December 2010
The Korea Herald

Qatar Airways, one of the youngest global airlines, is moving aggressively to nab a bigger share of the Korean airline market.

“Traveling is the first place Koreans are willing to try a non-Korean product,” Jere Tala, Korea’s country manager at Qatar Airways, told The Korea Herald. “For us, the challenge is that our name is not well-known.”

Established in 1994, the five-star carrier is less than 20 years old, however, it plans to expand its number of destinations to 120 by introducing over 200 more airplanes by 2013, according to Tala. The air carrier currently has 95 destinations.

“As a matter of fact, we have opened 10 new destinations,” he said. “We will open our 100th destination at the airport in Syria in April of next year.”

Jere Tala

Tala said the airline now has connections to the Middle East, Africa and the U.S. and its newest additions are Brazil and Argentina.

“South America, which is our newest destination, has been popular in the Korean market. We opened a new route to Sao Paulo and it has become a top 10 destination in Korea,” he said.

He also said that the launch of daily direct flights for the Incheon-Doha route in March has exceeded expectations, resulting in a successful year for the Doha-based air carrier.

Successful business dealings in the Middle East and Africa for Korean companies have added to the surge.

“The markets are growing tremendously in that sense,” he noted.

Tala further stated that Middle East airlines are gaining market share in the global market, particularly because they can fly between different continents, such as Europe, Asia and Africa, in about the same flying time as some flights within the Middle East.

But he stressed that Qatar Airways would not stand still with its efforts in the Korean market.

“The year 2010 has been extremely good for us,” said Tala. “(But) we look for another very good year ahead.”
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Old December 26th, 2010, 09:43 PM   #565
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Im not familiar with Chinese aviation. Any ideas what the two cities will be??

Maybe 深圳 Shenzhen, 天津 Tianjin, 重庆 Chongqing
Shenzhen will be very unlikely. It is not only Hong Kong that is near, but Guangzhou is also very close and it is already in PRC (so no hassle with the Visa/passport issue if transiting thru HKG).

Tianjin is also 2 hours from Beijing, so that may be a disadvantage. However, Hangzhou is not far from Shanghai either, and KLM flies to both Hangzhou and Pudong.

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Apart from Tianjin & Chongqing, Chengdu is also a likely choice. It is the city of Panda, one of the favourite tourist destination, it is also located on the western part of China, with huge population & with good connections to the rest of chinese cities. Not sure about Shenzhen, although a industrial & commercial district, it is located right between Hong Kong & Guangzhou, both cities are only a hour away. QR might as well open a new route to Guangzhou instead.
QR already flies to Guangzhou (as Egyptair and Emirates do).

I think that Wuhan, Chengdu or Chongqing would make a logical choice.

To the list I would add Xiamen (already served by KLM), Changsha, Kunming and even Shenyang.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 11:05 AM   #566
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Tianjin is also 2 hours from Beijing, so that may be a disadvantage. However, Hangzhou is not far from Shanghai either, and KLM flies to both Hangzhou and Pudong.
From what I've heard KLM won't fly to HGH much longer.

Anyway, the logical choices for second tier expansions in China would be CTU, WUH, SHE, TAO and DLC.

CKG already operates at its capacity limit and is definitely one of the most crowded airports I've ever been to. I don't see them getting intercontinental flights until the airport is expanded.
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Old January 8th, 2011, 12:13 PM   #567
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Qatar Airways to operate daily to Copenhagen and Barcelona
05/01/11

Middle Eastern carrier Qatar Airways is to increase capacity on its Copenhagen and Barcelona routes from 27 March.

The Doha-based airline says it will upgrade its daily Barcelona service to an Airbus A330 aircraft. It will also increase frequencies on its Copenhagen service to one flight daily.

In addition, it plans to begin flights to the Romanian capital Bucharest (17 January), the capital city of Hungary, Budapest (17 January), Belgium's capital Brussels (31 January 31), and the German car manufacturing centre of Stuttgart (6 March).

Qatar Airways will also launch its second Syrian route to the city of Aleppo on 6 April.

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Old January 13th, 2011, 04:53 PM   #568
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Old January 16th, 2011, 01:40 PM   #569
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Lufthansa seeks to clip Emirates’ wings in Germany, says Berlin Mayor

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16 January 2011



Emirates Airlines chief executive officer Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The carrier has requested direct flights to Berlin since 2004

Lufthansa, Germany’s national carrier, is lobbying its government to deny Dubai's Emirates Airline’s request for landing slots when Berlin’s new airport opens in 2012, the city’s mayor has said.
The German airline is pushing the federal government to refuse Emirates direct flights to the capital through Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, Mayor Harald Wolf said.
“The Berlin government was, and is, in favour to open the airport to Emirates and give them the possibilities to have direct flights,” Mayor Wolf said from his office in the German city.
“But the difficulty is the federal government. They are very restrictive. They [the Federal Government] have had a very strong lobbying from Lufthansa not to strengthen Emirates.”

Emirates currently flies to Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf, but has been asking for direct flights to Berlin and Stuttgart since 2004.
Mayor Wolf said the federal government was likely to force the Dubai carrier to sacrifice some of its existing landing rights in order to gain a direct route to Berlin.
“If they want to fly from Berlin they can give up Stuttgart or Hamburg but they will they will not give them another additional right,” he said.
A spokesperson for Lufthansa was not immediately available for comment.

Lufthansa is one of a number of European carriers, including Air France KLM and British Airways, to call for curbs on the expansion of Gulf carriers on long-haul routes.
The carriers claim Gulf airline use unfair subsidies to finance aircraft deals and to take market share from existing airlines.
A number of US and European airlines are impacted by a 'home market rule,' which states that countries where Boeing and Airbus build aircraft cannot use export credit agencies to help their carriers buy passenger airliners.
The rule, which impacts carriers in the US, UK and France, among others, is seen as offering an unfair advantage to Gulf carriers unaffected by the law.
A spokesperson for Emirates said it was ‘hopeful’ that Berlin’s federal government would support its request for fresh landing slots at the new airport.
“Emirates’ services to Berlin and Stuttgart, both of which remain underserviced in terms of scheduled intercontinental routes, would benefit trade, investment, tourism and employment,” the airline said in an emailed statement.
“We are hopeful that our long-standing request will receive German government support. We have had discussions with the relevant officials on this matter, and look forward to further dialogue.”
Emirates has faced similar issues in Canada. Last November, Ottawa’s transport agency declined to give UAE carriers Etihad and Emirates additional landing rights, despite years of requests.
Emirates’ vice president Maurice Flanagan told Arabian Business he believed the refusal was fuelled by opposition from Lufthansa.
“They are targeting Emirates, being egged on by Lufthansa… It is purely the protection of Air Canada,” Flanagan said.

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Old January 17th, 2011, 03:02 PM   #570
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Qatar Airways Interested In Routes To Portugal - TAP
17 January 2011

DOHA (Dow Jones)--Qatar Airways is interested in establishing routes to Portugal from Doha that could result in extra business for TAP Portugal, the head of Portugal's airline said Sunday.

Fernando Pinto, president of TAP, said on the sidelines of a forum here that TAP doesn't plan to establish routes between Portugal and Qatar, but he said Qatar Airways has expressed "interest in (establishing) flights to Portugal."

He noted if Qatar were to set up new routes to Portugal, TAP could benefit indirectly.

"It's one more volume of passengers that we can distribute" to other locations, he said.

Aside from flights to the U.S. and Europe, TAP also serves as a European hub for flights to Angola, Mozambique and Brazil, former colonies of Portugal.

Pinto also said that TAP's privatization process hadn't yet kicked-off and that the government still needed to set up a commission to review the best options for privatization.

Pinto noted that partnerships in which airlines exchange equity investments in each other is happening more regularly. He cited the tie-up between British Airways PLC (BAIRY, BAY.LN) and Spain's Iberia (IBLA.MC) as an example.

Pinto declined to comment on which partnership would make sense for TAP.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 06:47 PM   #571
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Discussed so much times, and this article still is rubbish.
The existing bilateral is very liberal: EK and EY can fly as often as they want with equipment as bis as they want to German destinations, they are even granted 5th freedom rights. The only restriction is the number of airports they are allowed to fly to. Originally it was 3 (of their choice), since the UAE in return only has 3 viable airports (DXB, AUH and SHJ), but it was expanded to 4. That's more than enough for the existing O&D demand (it's not up to Germany's government to make sure the gulf carriers are able to fill their capacity they dumped into several markets). Germany is not as big that more airports should be allowed. Especially not since the UAE cannot offer something in return.

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Emirates criticises Lufthansa move

(DUBAI) Deutsche Lufthansa AG's bid to stop Dubai-based Emirates serving more German cities is part of a campaign to undermine its rival's business model, Tim Clark, the Middle Eastern carrier's president, said in an interview.

Cologne-based Lufthansa has so far succeeded in lobbying to prevent Emirates from obtaining landing slots in Stuttgart and at the new Berlin-Brandenburg International airport, which is scheduled to open in June next year.

'Their mantra is to take the Gulf carriers down, as well as dominate the markets they sit in,' Mr Clark said. Emirates aims to 're-engage' with the German government over the slots issue before the summer and is hopeful it 'will see sense', he added.

Lufthansa spokesman Peter Schneckenleitner said the carrier sees no reason for Emirates to be awarded further routes, while adding that traffic rights are negotiated between governments and that his company has no direct influence on decision making.

The world's No 1 airline on international routes, Emirates is embroiled in a spat with European and US carriers over access to financing from export credit agencies after building up orders for 200 planes worth US$68 billion. Mr Clark said the real issue lies with its competitors' failing business strategies.

'It has taken European carriers donkeys' years to adapt their business models to the changing dynamics of global civil aviation,' he noted. 'They haven't been able to align their traffic flows to what is going on, whereas we have.'

Emirates already operates from Dubai to the German cities of Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, whereas Lufthansa, which has full traffic rights, according to Mr Clark, offers only a single route from Frankfurt.

'We don't see any reason to award further traffic rights to Emirates as the airline already enjoys continental Europe's most expansive rights in Germany,' Lufthansa's Mr Schneckenleitner said. 'It's the airline's declared goal to reroute traffic from Germany and Europe via Dubai.'

The Gulf carrier's earnings are likely to improve in the fiscal second half ending March 31, driven by higher occupancy levels, a strong cash position and more effective cost controls, said Mr Clark.

'We will finish on a very positive good year,' he added. -- Bloomberg
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Lufthansa has been quite vocal about Emirates for a while now. It's nothing new. Across the Atlantic, the Canadian government echoed similar concerns especially given the country's largest carrier is a Star Alliance member, resulting in a big visa spat unfolding now.
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ETIHAD AIRWAYS INCREASES FLIGHTS TO JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA
19 January 2011
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ABU DHABI, Jan 19 Asia Pulse - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will expand its flying programme to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from February, increasing to twelve services per week.

The increased flying programme is a result of the strong ties between the two countries and the growing demand for business and religious travel in the region.

The airline will operate a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft between the two cities, with the capacity to carry 16 passengers in Pearl Business class and 120 guests in Coral Economy class.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: Saudi Arabia is a cornerstone market for Etihad and Jeddah has always been an important strategic destination for the airline. Our new flights will further cater for the Saudi Arabian population living in Abu Dhabi and across the UAE, as well as the growing numbers of business and religious travellers looking to fly to the city. The demand for the Umrah flights has always been very strong and we expect this to continue grow in future.

Etihad Airways commenced operations to Jeddah in May 2006, with three frequencies per week, increasing to daily from April 2007 and now to 12 flights per week from February 2011.
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500,000th passenger will fly out today
19 January 2011
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A TOP airline will today carry its 500,000th passenger on a daily service from Newcastle.

The milestone for Emirates, which began flights to the Gulf in 2007, follows a record year in 2010 which saw it record significant growth in the amount of freight it carried from the North East.

Bosses at Emirates have also told of their ambition to introduce even bigger jets to Newcastle within the next two years.

The operators of Newcastle International Airport's primary long-haul route say would like to bring in the next size plane in their fleet, the Boeing 777, to meet growing demand from North East families.

Laurie Berryman, Emirates' vice president for UK and Ireland, said the airline was already waiting for delivery of air stock it has ordered from manufacturers.

The airline has previously announced its intention to bring larger aircraft to Newcastle airport but, ahead of the 500,000th passenger travelling direct from the region to Dubai today, it said it would like to be upgrading the fleet operating from the region by 2013, dependent on continued growth of demand.

The change would see the airline's capacity increase from 278 to 428 passengers per flight.

Mr Berryman told The Journal: "I think it would certainly help put Newcastle and the North East further on the map as an international destination.

"It will be a question of the right economics but the 777 is the next size of aircraft in our fleet we are looking to bring in.

"It is very economical and it carries more cargo. The last thing we want is to be turning away traffic."

Mr Berryman said the airline would eventually like to introduce two daily flights from Newcastle, but said moves to increase its frequency were at least four years away. Emirates launched its service from Newcastle to Dubai in September 2007, allowing holidaymakers to travel on to more than 100 destinations, including Bangkok, Sydney, Perth, Mauritius and Kuala Lumpur.

Dave Laws, Newcastle Airport Chief Executive, said: "Welcoming the 500,000th Emirates passenger through Newcastle is a fantastic start to 2011.

"The airline launched its daily service to Dubai just over three years ago, opening up the world to North East passengers. It's gone from strength to strength and is now an essential part of the region's transport infrastructure.

"North East industry, sport organisations and the region's universities have seen their businesses grow and flourish, whether it's attracting talent to the region or allowing new opportunities for business expansion.

"The significant added value that the airline delivers to the North East cannot be underestimated.

We thank Emirates for what they have brought to the region, and very much look forward to what the future holds."
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@hkskyline: Lufthansa is just lobbying a bit (if you could even call it lobbying - thinking about taxes, fees raised by the government, the influence of the German airline industry on political decisions can't be too much) and if asked by the press, saying how they see it. It's only EK (not even EY) spokespersons who are always using the media for new attempts of whining, complaining and accusing. I really get tired of them!
And it's fact that the Germany-UAE bilateral is the most liberal one the UAE has in Europe. 5th freedom rights and not a single restriction besides the 4 airports limit. The UAE can't offer the least in return, and Germany is not as big as a larger number of airports than the 4 offered is needed. So there's no reason for changing the bilateral.
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Emirates to start flights to Copenhagen from August 1

Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city which attracts 1.3 million tourists a year, will become the Emirates’ 112th international destination

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January 20, 2011


Emirates is set to add a new European country to its ever expanding route network when the Dubai-based international airline launches non-stop, daily flights to Copenhagen in Denmark on 1st August.

Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city which attracts 1.3 million tourists a year, will become the Emirates’ 112th international destination and the 27th destination in Europe.

“Copenhagen is an important hub for the whole of Scandinavia and the launch of our non-stop service will open up a new market for Emirates. It will also offer Denmark’s businesses with easy connections to previously untapped markets,” said Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group.

“Dubai and Copenhagen both have a strong maritime and trading tradition and Emirates is looking forward to adding this dynamic city to our European network and also welcoming Denmark as the 67th country that we fly to from Dubai.”

Starting 1st August 2011, EK 151 will leave Dubai each day at 0830hrs and arrive in Copenhagen at 1310hrs. From Copenhagen, EK 152 departs at 1455hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2315hrs.

Emirates will be operating an Airbus A330-200 on the Copenhagen route in a three-class configuration. On board, passengers can enjoy the delicacies from the exclusive menu served to them by Emirates’ cabin crew from over 120 nations.

Passengers on all Emirates’ flights also have the added bonus of extra baggage allowance with 30 kilogrammes for those travelling in Economy, 40 kilogrammes for Business and 50 kilogrammes for First Class.

Copenhagen, with a population 1.2 million people in the metropolitan area, has a compact city centre which has developed into a major regional centre of culture, business, media and science.

Copenhagen is the third new route announced by Emirates for 2011, following Basra on 2nd February and Geneva on 1st June.


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Finally! EK flies to CPH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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National carrier Qatar Airways has launched flights to Hungary with the airline’s inaugural service touching down in the capital Budapest, which has become the airline’s 23rd destination in Europe and 97th overall.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar al- Baker led a high-profile delegation on the airline’s inaugural flight, which included Hungarian ambassador to Qatar L?szl? Szab?, international media and airline executives. Flight QR943 arrived in Budapest to a traditional water salute welcome.

Speaking in Budapest yesterday, al-Baker said Qatar Airways’ new four times weekly service was a key component of the airline’s route development across Europe.

“Qatar Airways is delighted to be serving the Hungarian people with our award-winning services. Our goal for Europe has always been to expand to new countries while continuing to offer travellers a high quality travel experience, as well as provide the convenience of a large and diverse network. Budapest is a great asset to Qatar Airways’ network and we sincerely look forward to growing this route with additional capacity in the future,” said al-Baker.

He said the Budapest route created ‘new connections’ between the Middle East and Asia Pacific for passenger traffic in and out of Hungary.
“Hungarians no longer have to backtrack to congested European airport hubs to reach destinations across the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Likewise, travellers from these regions will benefit from the convenience of our new services to Hungary via Doha,” added Al Baker.

Budapest Airport Chief Executive Officer Jost Lammers said, “We are delighted to welcome the first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Budapest. This event is a real milestone in the life of our airport, since it links a very important region – the Gulf – directly with Budapest.”

Qatar Airways is the only Gulf-based airline with a five-star ranking operating flights to and from Budapest, which is served with an Airbus A320 aircraft, the newest of which features seat-back TV touch screens accessing over 700 audio and visual interactive entertainment programmes. The aircraft features 12 business class seats and 132 in economy.
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Qatar Airways Enters Romanian Market
Capital City Bucharest Becomes Carrier’s First New Destination Of 2011
Airline Offers Four Non-Stop Flights A Week To And From Network Hub In Doha

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17 January 2011

Bucharest, ROMANIA – Qatar Airways has begun its 2011 European expansion drive with new route Bucharest marking the airline’s entry into the Romanian market.

The launch of flights to Romania’s capital city signals the beginning of another year of rapid growth for the Doha-based carrier, which had a bumper 2010 launching 10 new destinations and inducting 19 new aircraft into its fleet.

Following the touchdown of flight QR943 at Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport, the aircraft was welcomed by a traditional water salute and met by senior airport officials and local dignitaries. The flight later continued its journey to the Hungarian capital Budapest.

On board the airline’s inaugural flight to Bucharest was Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, who led a high profile delegation and key media from across the Middle East. The delegation included the Romanian Ambassador to Qatar, H.E. Adrian Macelaru.

“We have spent a great deal of time analysing new routes and business opportunities and I am more than pleased to say that for Qatar Airways entering into this region of Europe was a great decision,” said Al Baker.

“The new routes Bucharest and Budapest will both function as gateways for new markets and will consolidate Doha’s position as a key hub linking East with West.

“International passenger traffic from Asia and the Middle East continues to increase, and creating new connections such as Bucharest via our network hub in Doha, facilitates growth for Qatar Airways and for travel in and out of Romania to these regions.”

General Manager of Bucharest Airports Company, Tudor Jidav, said: “I am very pleased with Qatar Airways’ entry into the Romanian market and I thank the airline for the trust they have put in Henri Coanda Airport. These new flights will allow our region to increase economic and tourism ties with the Middle East and even onwards to Asia Pacific. Romanians will now be several hours closer to Middle Eastern and Asian holiday destinations.”

Bucharest becomes the airline’s 96th route and the first new destination of 2011. Qatar Airways is the only Gulf carrier and Five Star-ranked airline flying to Romania, with the airline’s four weekly non-stop services continuing on to Budapest in neighbouring Hungary – the carrier’s 97th network point.

The route is operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration. Featuring 12 seats in Business Class and up to 132 seats in Economy, the aircraft offers passengers seatback TV screens giving them the opportunity to watch programmes at their leisure. Regardless of class of travel, passengers can enjoy the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system with a choice of more than 700 audio and video on demand options.

In line with the airline’s Five Star hospitality, Qatar Airways has multi-lingual cabin crew, among them Romanian and Arabic speakers, able to deliver the highest personal attention to passengers on the Doha – Bucharest route.

To please the palate, Qatar Airways offers a mix of Mediterranean and Oriental culinary delights across all classes, which embrace regional specialties and local flavours.

The launch of flights to Bucharest sees Qatar Airways’ European route network extend to 22 destinations. Globally, Qatar Airways has launched 11 new routes since February 2010 – Bengaluru (Bangalore), Copenhagen, Ankara, Tokyo, Barcelona, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, Phuket and Hanoi. Qatar Airways ended 2010 with the launch of flights to Nice on the French Riviera.

The airline’s growth in Europe is further reflected through Qatar Airways introducing three new European destinations in early 2011, including Budapest (January 17), Brussels (January 31) and Stuttgart (March 6). On April 6, Qatar Airways launches its 100th destination – the Syrian city of Aleppo.

By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve 120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of 120 aircraft. Today, the airline’s fleet stands at 94 aircraft, flying to 97 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America.
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