Qatar Airways has deployed an Airbus A330 on its Doha to Istanbul route, adding an average 166 seats per day to the service.
The A330s that the airline is operating on the route feature a two-class configuration, including up to 24 seats in business class and up to 258 seats in economy.
Brought in on July 1, the move has resulted in an almost 50 per cent increase in passenger numbers on the ten flights per week service.
Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO, said: "After more than ten successful years of operations in Turkey, we are absolutely delighted to introduce a wide body aircraft on our Istanbul route, which will provide our passengers extra capacity and an optimised level of service and comfort."
Ian Lovelock, Qatar's senior manager of Eastern Europe, added: "The route to Istanbul was initially introduced with three weekly flights and has now increased to a ten flights-weekly flights due to strong passenger demand from the Turkish market."
Last week, the airline confirmed two added flights to the Amman route, increasing the number of its weekly Jordan services to nine (see online news, July 10).