Qatar increases capacity on Doha-Madrid route

28 Dec 2010

From the start of 2011, Qatar Airways will introduce its Boeing B777-300 on the Doha-Madrid route, replacing the Airbus A330 and therefore increasing capacity to accommodate high demand.

The dual-class aircraft seats a total of 335 passengers – an approximately 30 percent increase in capacity - with 42 business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration and 293 economy class seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.

The high demand on this route is reflective of Qatar Airways’ growing presence in Europe. The carrier now serves 21 cities after mounting flights to Barcelona in June and Nice in November.

Next year, its European portfolio will be strengthened further with the introduction of flights to Budapest (January 17), Brussels (January 31) and Stuttgart (March 6).

The aircraft has also expressed intentions to further expand its fleet to 140 young aircraft in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Currently, the carrier has 93 aircraft with orders for five superjumbo A380s scheduled for delivery in 2012. The carrier also has 30 B787 scheduled for delivery by the end of 2011, 32 B777s and 80 A350s to replace its current fleet by 2013.

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Alisha Haridasani

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