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Fol­low­ing the re­cent launch of ser­vices be­tween Doha and Syd­ney, Qatar Air­ways has an­nounced an­other 14 routes. Pisa flights will launch from Doha on Au­gust 2, join­ing Venice, Rome and Mi­lan across Italy. Else­where in Europe, Sara­jevo, Helsinki and Skopje will be added to the list later this year, with Nice on line in 2017. In Africa, there are six new des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing Morocco’s pop­u­lar Mar­rakech, while the non-stop Boe­ing 777 route be­tween Doha and Auck­land, to start De­cem­ber 3, is touted as the world’s long­est, al­ready served by Emi­rates (ex-Dubai) since Jan­uary, when it sur­passed Qan­tas’s record claim for its A380 Syd­ney-Dal­las long-haul. Qatar will also be jet­ting to Krabi and Chi­ang Mai in Thai­land out of its Doha hub from De­cem­ber. High-fly­ing sta­tis­tics? The car­rier re­ceives a new aero­plane about ev­ery 10 days and the av­er­age age of the fleet is around four years. Qatar be­gins ser­vices be­tween Doha and Ade­laide on May 2; aside from new­comer Syd­ney, the air­line al­ready flies to Mel­bourne and Perth and ru­mours abound that Bris­bane will be next on the air­line’s radar as com­pe­ti­tion hots up with its re­gional ri­vals, Emi­rates and Eti­had. More: qatarair­ways.com.

SU­SAN KUROSAWA

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