Qatar plans daily Brussels services

31 Jan 2011 by BusinessTraveller

Qatar Airways doesn’t intend to waste any time upping its new Doha-Brussels services to daily.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony for its new five-a-week services at Brussels Airport on Monday, CEO Akbar Al Baker said the increase to daily will be “very soon”.

The service is being operated by an Airbus A330 with up to 30 seats in business class.

Belgian Premier Yves Leterme spoke glowingly about the Gulf carrier and said the new route would further foster two-way trade, adding Belgium is the biggest buyer of Qatari gas and its companies are actively involved in dredging and infrastructural projects in the Gulf.

Brussels Airport Company CEO Arnaud Feist said the new service would offer outbound Northern European travellers greater access to Middle East and Asian Pacific markets - accentuated by the sight of an Etihad aircraft parked nearby.

The Gulf airline, marking its 98th route and third in Europe this month, was flanked by two F16 fighter jets from the Belgian Air force as a complimentary gesture on approach, and it will soon join the 100 club with new services to Stuttgart (March 6) and Aleppo (April 6).

To promote the launch, Privilege Club members earn 6,000 bonus Qmiles for every return trip to and from Brussels when flying business class, or up to 3,000 Qmiles flying economy, for travel before April 30.

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Report by Dominic Ellis

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