Qatar Airways doubles fleet size to 80
Hyderabad (India), March 8, 2010
Qatar Airways has increased its aircraft fleet size to 80, double the size of five years ago with the induction of its 15th Boeing 777.
The newest Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft will serve long haul routes from the airline's operational hub of Doha. The aircraft is part of a larger order for more than 220 different aircraft worth over US$40 billion placed in recent years.
'Just five years ago, Qatar Airways operated 40 aircraft. Today our fleet has doubled in size to 80 aircraft. As our fleet increases, we are able to raise capacity on existing services and introduce new routes which is continuing as planned despite the industry facing challenges amid the current global economic climate,' said Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker.
He was speaking as Qatar Airways debuted at this year's India Aviation 2010, India’s second International Exhibition and Conference on civil aviation.
'Qatar Airways set out a long-term vision to be a world leader with innovative inflight service using the most modern and efficient aircraft in the skies today. This is what gives us an edge over our competitors and, rest assured, we will maintain and step up our momentum to reach our ultimate goal of being the Best Airline in the World.'
Al Baker continued: 'With a flying range of up to 17 hours non-stop, our Boeing 777 LRs and ERs offer passengers the ultimate in comfort and service to long-haul destinations non-stop from Doha. The aircraft also features unrivalled facilities, which certainly provide our competitors with something to think about.
'Forecast growth in the Middle East corporate jet market is expected to be between 15 and 20 per cent until 2012, so there is a clear opportunity for Qatar Airways to capitalise on this trend, hence the creation of our business unit, Qatar Executive,” he concluded. – Reuters
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