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Qatar Airways to Launch Flights to Aleppo

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Qatar Airways is to launch a four-times-weekly service to Aleppo, Syria, starting from 6 April 2011.

Named as a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest cities in the world, Aleppo will be the airline’s second destination in Syria, after Damascus, where the carrier has been flying since 1998.

The three-hour journey from Doha – Aleppo will be operated with an A320 in a two-class configuration featuring 12 seats in First Class and up to 132 seats in Economy.

Aleppo will be the airline’s fifth new route in its global expansion in 2011, following Budapest (17 January), Bucharest (17 January), Brussels (31 January) and Stuttgart (6 March).

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said, “Qatar Airways is delighted to commemorate our 100th destination by announcing our latest route to a city in our home region. As one of the oldest cities in the world, Aleppo is of strategic importance, providing links between east and west via Doha for business and leisure purposes.”

The travel market in the Middle East is experiencing significant growth and one which Al Baker stressed Qatar Airways is well placed to take advantage of. With the addition of the new Boeing 787 aircraft, which will join the carrier’s fleet in late 2011 and be deployed on regional routes, capacity and frequency will only continue to grow.

“IATA pegged growth in the Middle East region at over 23% in 2010 compared to last year. Our award-winning service and young and modern fleet will only propel our position as a leading global carrier,” he said.

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