Travellers to and from Oman are set to benefit from
Qatar Airways’ latest expansion plans that will see a 30% increase in
frequencies on this route from the end of the month.
The airline is
scheduled to begin operating 21 flights a week from the capital city of
Muscat to Doha, up from the current 15 services.
The increase is
part of Qatar Airways’ ongoing growth strategy, which has been ramped up
for 2009 and includes six new route launches, including Melbourne and
Sydney in Australia; Goa and Amritsar in India; and two further
additions to its extensive European network. Frequency and capacity
increases on selected routes are also scheduled.
29, the additional services from Muscat will provide increased
connectivity for passengers flying to destinations on Qatar Airways’
expanding global route network, and greater convenience for travellers
to Qatar and throughout the Gulf region.
Following the introduction of the new Muscat
schedule, Qatar Airways will commence operations to Houston, Texas – its
first route launch of the year and third destination in the United
States. The near 17-hour non-stop flight between Doha and Houston –
beginning March 30 – will be operated with two brand new Boeing 777-200
Long Range aircraft which feature Qatar Airways’ new fully flat Business
The airline has received three new Boeing 777
aircraft in the past six weeks and expects to receive an average of one
new aircraft per month for the next two years. The Boeing 777 aircraft
is expected to form the backbone of the Qatar Airways’ fleet well into
the next decade.
In addition to the Muscat route expansion,
Qatar Airways is stepping up capacity to seven other cities – Geneva,
Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Lagos, Mashad, Tunis and Algiers.
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