Qatar to expand

Qatar Airways has unveiled its summer expansion programme, which includes the launch of its fourth Chinese destination, Guangzhou.

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Qatar Airways has unveiled its summer expansion programme, which includes the launch of its fourth Chinese destination, Guangzhou.

To facilitate the expansion, the carrier is planning to increase its fleet of 62 aircraft to 70 by the end of the year. By 2013 Qatar expect to have almost doubled the original number of planes to 110.

Qatar Airways chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker said: "Looking to the future we have more than 200 outstanding orders for brand new aircraft, which include 80 of Airbus' next generation A350s and 60 Boeing 787s."

Flight frequencies to 12 cities will be increased in a bid to increase passenger choice. The airline is also preparing to launch its third US destination to Houston.

Al Baker added: "The Boeing 777-200LRs will be capable of flying up to 17 hours non-stop and Qatar Airways' Doha hub is geographically well positioned to operate to virtually any point in the world with this new generation aircraft. Qatar Airways is pleased to announce that our first Boeing 777LR aircraft will be deployed when we launch Doha-Houston services on November 10."

 

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