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At at ITB Ber­lin, a Qatar Air­ways’ spokesper­son quoted their chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ak­bar Al Baker on the air­line’s plans to start a fully owned car­rier to serve do­mes­tic routes in In­dia. The Gulf car­rier will col­lab­o­rate with Qatar In­vest­ment Au­thor­ity for this ven­ture.

This will be the first of its kind in In­dia’s avi­a­tion busi­ness. Al Baker fur­ther added that he is yet to ap­ply the pro­posal to the In­dian gov­ern­ment. The news fol­lowed Qatar Air­ways’ rev­e­la­tion of its new busi­ness class.

After Prime Min­is­ter Modi wel­comed 100 per cent For­eign Di­rect In­vest­ment in the In­dian avi­a­tion sec­tor last June, a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional airlines in­clud­ing Qatar Air­ways have been eye­ing in­vest­ments in In­dia’s bur­geon­ing avi­a­tion sec­tor. The Gulf air­line has also been eye­ing a stake in IndiGo airlines since many years. qatarair­ways.com

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