Qatar Air­ways ac­cel­er­ates global ex­pan­sion with Prague and So­har

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Qatar Air­ways, the 2017 Air­line of the Year as awarded by Sky­trax, yes­ter­day con­firmed the ex­pe­dited launch of two new des­ti­na­tions by the end of Au­gust 2017, with sev­eral more an­nounce­ments to fol­low shortly. Join­ing Qatar Air­ways' global net­work, which spans six con­ti­nents, are: So­har, Sul­tanate of Oman, which will launch on 8 Au­gust; and Prague, Czech Repub­lic, which will launch on 21 Au­gust.

The air­line has con­firmed the start of its new ser­vice be­tween Doha and So­har with three-weekly flights be­gin­ning 8 Au­gust, while the ser­vice be­tween Doha and Prague will op­er­ate on a daily ba­sis from 21 Au­gust. Both des­ti­na­tions will be op­er­ated by Qatar Air­ways' Air­bus A320 air­craft. Qatar Air­ways re­cently launched a direct daily ser­vice to Dublin, Repub­lic of Ire­land, as part of its rapid global ex­pan­sion strat­egy, with ser­vice to Nice, France, com­menc­ing 4 July, and flights to Skopje, Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia, on 17 July.

Qatar Air­ways Group Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, His Ex­cel­lency Mr. Ak­bar Al Baker said: "Hav­ing re­cently been named Air­line of the Year at the pres­ti­gious 2017 Sky­trax World Air­line Awards, it is now our turn as an air­line to give back to all of our pas­sen­gers and sup­port­ers around the world. Qatar Air­ways' an­nounce­ment to­day comes at a time when we are ac­cel­er­at­ing our global ex­pan­sion plans by ex­pe­dit­ing the launch of th­ese two new des­ti­na­tions. Qatar Air­ways is com­mit­ted to con­nect­ing more peo­ple to more places, through our five-star hub, Ha­mad In­ter­na­tional Air­port, while sup­port­ing our global mes­sage of 'Go­ing Places To­gether'."

Other new des­ti­na­tions planned for the re­main­der of this year and 2018 in­clude Can­berra, Aus­tralia; Chi­ang Mai, Thai­land.; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Fran­cisco, US; and San­ti­ago, Chile. A to­tal of 25 new des­ti­na­tion launches will take place through­out 2017-2018. The new Prague and So­har routes will be served by an Air­bus A320 air­craft fea­tur­ing 12 seats in Busi­ness Class and 132 seats in Econ­omy Class.

Pas­sen­gers can use any trans­fer time to take ad­van­tage of the many ac­tiv­i­ties and ser­vices avail­able at Ha­mad In­ter­na­tional Air­port, from the free Wi-Fi, air­side swim­ming pool and play ar­eas for chil­dren, through to the mul­ti­ple quiet ar­eas in which pas­sen­gers can re­lax, as well as the amaz­ing ar­ray of duty free shop­ping and din­ing op­tions.

Qatar Air­ways re­ceived a num­ber of ac­co­lades this year, in­clud­ing Air­line of the Year by the pres­ti­gious 2017 Sky­trax World Air­line Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Air­ways has been given this global recog­ni­tion as the world's best air­line. In ad­di­tion to be­ing voted Best Air­line by trav­el­ers from around the world, Qatar's na­tional car­rier also won a raft of other ma­jor awards at the cer­e­mony, in­clud­ing Best Air­line in the Mid­dle East, World's Best Busi­ness Class and World's Best First Class Air­line Lounge.

The award-win­ning air­line also re­cently re­vealed the first Boe­ing 777 equipped with the air­line's new and unique seat de­sign, Qsuite, at Le Bour­get Air­port, dur­ing the Paris Air Show 2017. Since its of­fi­cial de­but, Qsuite has al­ready been fea­tured on the Doha-Lon­don Heathrow route, and will be fol­lowed by ser­vice to Paris and New York, with the air­line's fleet retro­fit­ted at the rate of one plane per month.

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