Qatar Airways to expand US routes

Posted: April 15, 2012 in Airlines, Middle East, USA
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Qatar Airways plans to start flights to Atlanta, Chicago, Boston and Detroit within the next year, doubling its US network, as the carrier begins receiving Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

“Qatar Airways is in the midst of a very aggressive expansion plan," said CEO Al Baker.

“Qatar Airways is in the midst of a very aggressive expansion plan," said CEO Al Baker.

A daily New York service will also be increased to three flights a day, with the addition of links via cities in Eastern and Western Europe, CEO Akbar Al Baker said yesterday (April 12th) in Montreal. The airline has daily flights to Washington and Houston.

“Qatar Airways is in the midst of a very aggressive expansion plan.”  Mr Al Baker said, “The only thing that stopped us from going earlier is the delayed delivery of the 787s,” he said about the US flights.

The carrier has placed orders for 60 Dreamliners as it works toward boosting its global network to 170 destinations from 113 over three years. Like Dubai-based Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways, the carrier is using a Middle East hub to link markets in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Qatar Airways also plans to resume services to Rangon, Myanmar in October, Mr Al Baker said. The carrier’s order backlog also includes 60 A350s and 10 A380s made by Airbus SAS.

Read the full Bloomberg story here at Arabian Business News….


By Bloomberg‘s Frederic Tomesco in Montreal
Sunday, 15 April 2012


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