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Flights to New York City, Washington D.C., Bali, Ho Chi Minh, Chennai and Geneva

 Qatar Airways has announced the airline's first move into the US market with flights out of New York City and Washington D.C. starting summer 2007 &endash; as well as a raft of other new destinations being launched over the next few months.

In March 2007 alone, the airline will have four exciting destinations added to Qatar Airways' family of routes operated out of its operational hub of Doha, capital of Qatar.

Scheduled flights to Chennai (formerly Madras), Bali and Ho Chi Minh City will begin towards the end of March. They follow the successful launch of services to Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos on March 1.

From Summer 2007, Qatar Airways will operate flights to New York, Washington D.C. and Geneva, with Stockholm following later this year.

Speaking at a press conference on the first day of ITB Berlin &endash; the world's biggest travel fair in the German capital &endash; Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the airline was gearing up for an exciting few months of route launches and increased frequencies on existing services.

"Our first move into the US market this summer represents an important step in the history of Qatar Airways as we launch not one, but two destinations in North America. 2007 is an exciting year for Qatar Airways, celebrating 10 years since our relaunch and we look forward to welcoming passengers on our brand new routes.

Qatar Airways' new routes for 2007: -


• New York                 4 flights a week from June 28

• Washington              DAILY from Summer 2007

• Chennai                    DAILY from March 24

• Bali                             4 flights a week from March 24

• Ho Chi Minh City   4 flights a week from March 25

• Geneva                      4 flights a week from June 28                      

• Stockholm                4 flights a week from November 2007


Qatar Airways increases frequency on the following routes from March 25, the start of the Summer 2007 flying season:


• Muscat                       DOUBLE DAILY (up from 11 flights a week)

• Abu Dhabi                42 flights a week (up from 35 flights a week)

• Kuwait                      28 flights a week (up from 25 flights a week)

• Algiers                       4 flights a week non-stop (previously linked with Tunis)

• Tunis                         4 flights a week non-stop (previously linked with Algiers)

• Casablanca               DAILY (up from 6 flights a week)

• Osaka                         DAILY (up from 6 flights a week)

• Tehran                       10 flights a week (up from 7 flights a week)

• Tripoli                                   5 flights a week (up from 4 flights a week)

• Vienna                       DAILY (up from 6 flights a week)

• Athens                       DAILY (up from 6 flights a week)

• Mumbai                    DAILY using upgraded aircraft to new wide-body A330s

• Cochin                       DAILY (up from 5 flights a week)

• Hyderabad               DAILY (up from 4 flights a week)

• Dar es Salaam          DAILY (up from 4 flights a week)


Al Baker said that Qatar Airways was continuing its year-on-year aggressive expansion plans averaging 35 per cent annually. The airline expects to have carried 8 million passengers over the course of the current 12-month financial year, which ends on March 31.

Qatar Airways is one of only four airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways' cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fourth year running in 2006 and second best worldwide following a survey of more than 12 million passengers worldwide.

The airline's fleet will more than double in size over the next 10 years to 110 aircraft. Qatar Airways plans to acquire 60 Airbus A350s and 22 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter beginning in November 2007.

The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 'super jumbos' with four aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2009 to coincide with the opening of the New Doha International Airport. For more information, visit