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Qatar Airways to Launch Flights to Shiraz

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Qatar Airways is to launch twice-weekly flights from its Doha hub in Qatar to the southern Iranian city of Shiraz on 5 June 2011.

Shiraz will become the airline’s 101st global destination and third route to Iran. Qatar Airways first began operating services to Iran in 2004 with the launch of the Tehran route, followed a year later by Mashad. The airline today operates double daily services to the capital city of Tehran and five-flights-a-week to Mashad in northern Iran.

The new services will be operated with the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft, which features 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy.

 “Qatar Airways is pleased to be bringing its third route to Iran online in early June. Iran is still largely underserved by international carriers and Shiraz in particular presents Qatar Airways with an opportunity to target new business,”  said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “The potential is significant and we are looking forward to developing our market prospects with the launch of these new flights ... Iranian expatriates number between four and five million people, with many living in Europe and North America. We have good connections from these continents to Shiraz through our Doha hub, so facilitating travel for this expatriate community would soon be much easier.”

Shiraz is home to over 1.5 million people and one of the largest cities in Iran. As the capital city of the Fars Province, Shiraz is the economic centre of southern Iran. Outbound traffic from the city will significantly contribute to Qatar Airways’ new flight.

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