QATAR AIRWAYS AFFIRMS GLOBAL VISION THROUGH EXPANSION

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has global ambitions. “We want to be a reference for excellence in service but also we want to affirm our presence all across the world”, stresses the airline’s CEO in all of his public presentations. For example, during ITB Berlin 2016, Al Baker unveiled that the airline planned to launch over fifteen destinations by the 2017 summer season, a remarkable performance. “With such an expansion drive, we should be able to grow our passengers’ traffic from 30 to 50 million a year at the start of the next decade”, stressed Al Baker.

All continents during that time will see the addition of new destinations. 2016 already experienced the opening of flights to Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles in America, Birmingham, Pisa and Yerevan in Europe, Adelaide and Sydney in Oceania and Ras Al Khaimah in the Middle East. Until mid-2017, Qatar Airways plans to y to Auckland, Chiang Mai, Douala, Krabi, Luanda and Nice. «However, it pertains to aircraft’s delivery,» said Akbar Al Bhakar. Doha- Auckland planned from February will be the world’s longest route with a flight time of almost 18 hours.

Last but not least, Qatar Airways will launch next November a brand new business class for its newest aircraft, the Airbus A350 ultra long-range. “I can assure that it will offer a revolutionary seat we patented to ensure exclusivity”, promises Qatar Airways CEO. Wait and see…

Meanwhile, during the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual general assembly in Dublin, Mr Al Baker announced a new daily flight directly linking Doha to Las Vegas. The route is planned for January 2017 and it would make the Qatari carrier the largest of all the Gulf airlines in the US market in terms of destinations served (11 in total). The future Doha-Vegas will be operated on a daily basis using a Boeing 777-300ER. In 2016, the airline has already launched three routes to the USA including Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles.