Qatar Airways expands its international network further in 2010 with the addition of Tokyo, Bengaluru and Ankara.
Start ups take place over three weeks from February, beginning with Bengaluru. Formerly known as Bangalore, India’s largest technology hub will see daily flights between itself and Doha. Following last year's inaugural flights to Goa and Amritsar, Bengaluru brings the number of Indian cities served by Qatar Airways to 11.
In April, Ankara, Turkey’s capital has its turn, also with daily flights. Qatar Airways flies to Istanbul daily as well.
At the end of April, Tokyo, Japan’s capital, will likewise be served daily, via Osaka. This is due to new traffic rights and slot availability at Narita International Airport.
Seoul, which is currently served via Osaka, will become a non-stop direct service from the end of March.
Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO Chief Executive Officer, said these consecutive launches were indicative of how serious the carrier wanted to be "a key player in the global airline industry despite the current economic conditions".
Its fleet enhancement figures should give a good idea of the airline's ambition: a total of 120 aircraft by 2013, and an order for 220 more jets worth US$40 billion, including five Airbus A380 super jumbos for delivery from 2012, which is when the New Doha International Airport would have opened.
For more details on the airline, visit www.qatarairways.com
Margie T Logarta