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Qatar Airways recently announced Lagos will be the airline's second route launch of 2007 with scheduled flights to Nigeria's commercial and business capital beginning on March 1, 2007. Following the success of Qatar Airways' new services to the east African city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania at the beginning of January, the airline is preparing for further expansion on the African continent. Qatar Airways will operate three flights a week between its hub in Doha, capital city of Qatar, and Lagos using the airline's state-of-the-art Airbus A330 aircraft, in a two-class configuration of Business and Economy. The Doha-based airline looks forward to 2007 as a year of huge expansion with non-stop service planned to New York City as well as several key destinations around the world, including Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Chennai, Ahmedabad and two, as yet to be announced, cities in northern and eastern Europe.

Nigeria is Africa's most populous country with 130 million people and, apart from cocoa and rubber, its main industry is petroleum and related products.

Nigeria is currently one of the world's biggest oil producers. With natural oil and gas the mainstay of Qatar's economy, there are significant business and commercial interests in bridging links between both countries. With the addition of Lagos, Qatar Airways now operates a wide African network that spans the entire continent, from Casablanca in the west and Cairo in the north to Nairobi in the east and Cape Town in the south. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the addition of Lagos reinforced the airline's strategy to serve key cities around the world.

"We launched flights to Nairobi at the end of 2005, recently began services to Dar es Salaam and are now planning our newest route of Lagos on March 1," he said.

 New Routes Include Alexandria, Egypt and Athens, Greece

Since re-launching its service in 1997, Qatar Airways has continued to rapidly expand its routes and service in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. A new Alexandria, Egypt route follows the success of Cairo and Luxor flights, and a brand-new Athens, Greece flight adds yet another stop to Qatar Airways' growing list of destinations.


Beginning June 9, 2005, Qatar Airways took its award-winning Five Star service to Alexandria, Egypt. Non-stop flights depart three times a week from the airline's operational hub of Doha, capital of the State of Qatar.

CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, expressed his delight at the expansion of services in Egypt, noting that the Alexandria route demonstrated Qatar Airways' commitment to the Egyptian market.

One of the oldest cities in Egypt, Alexandria becomes the third Egyptian point to be served from Doha, following the successful launches of Egypt service to Cairo and Luxor. Known as the 'Pearl of the Mediterranean', Alexandria is Egypt's second-largest city and main port. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria has an ambience and cultural heritage far different to the rest of Egypt, which has more of a Middle East flavour.

The route is operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in First Class and 132 in Economy. To celebrate the new routes, Qatar Airways is offering members of its Privilege Club frequent flyer program with double Qmiles for the first full month of the flights. In addition, as part of its new Egyptian service, Qatar Airways is offering members of the Privilege Club complimentary coach transfer service for passengers between Alexandria and Cairo.


Effective June 16, 2005, Qatar Airways has added the historical and cultural capital of Athens, Greece to its ever-growing list of global destinations. The Athens route is the 65th route added to the award-winning airline's array of flights. This route is the third launch this month, following the start of new flights to Mashad, Iran and Alexandria, Egypt.


The airline is operating six flights a week to Athens from Doha, Qatar's capital and the airline's home base. The Athens route will be served by an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy. To celebrate the route launch, members of the Privilege Club frequent flyer program will be rewarded with double Qmiles for the first full month of the new Athens flights.

 Award-winning Qatar Airways is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world to 60 destinations in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian sub-continent and Asia. The airline, based in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, operates a fleet of 39 modern all-Airbus aircraft. The airline is one of only three in the world to be awarded a Five Star ranking by Skytrax &endash;  the independent aviation industry monitoring agency &endash; for high service standards and quality.

 For more information about the airline, please visit www.qatarairways.com. For more information about the Privilege Club frequent flyer program, visit www.qmiles.com.  Qatar Airways maintains an office in Toronto, Canada, which can be contacted at: Tel. (416) 290-0999 / toll-free 1-888-366-5666, or by email at help@qatarairways.ca.     


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TORONTO - Children travelling on Qatar Airways will now be able to enjoy tasty children's meals and a new range of toys, as part of the airline's five-star commitment to cater to the needs of even the smallest of its passengers.

"It's important to Qatar Airways that we look after the needs of every passenger, including infants and children," said John Hogan, Vice President-North America, Qatar Airways. "Families represent a significant segment of our clientele, particularly from Canada. Providing our younger passengers with a comfortable and fun in-flight experience is essential, especially on the longer flights."

While the stylish Ollie Oryx daypack remains the same, children will now be able to enjoy a new range of complimentary gifts and activities inside the bag.

Children travelling on any Qatar Airways flight now receive a scrapbook, colouring pencils, sunglasses, a wallet, game sets, and a drinking bottle. Children under 3 years of age will receive a tremble aircraft toy.

Qatar Airways has also introduced a fun new children's meal kit. The new children's meal will be presented in a complimentary school lunch box, which will contain a hot meal, a pastry, chips, a chocolate bar, juice, a bread roll and butter and a Gumy bottle.

Children travelling on the new A330s can also play a range of video games that will entertain them on longer haul flights.

Children can choose from a range of video games like Magma Zone to Gobble Snake. Older children can also test their knowledge in Who Wants to be a Millionaire and the In- flight Trivia Challenge.

The new Qatar Airways Waves in-flight entertainment system also offers children a range of cartoons, music clips, a special children's channel with fun stories, and the chance to create their own personal music play lists.

Based in Doha, Qatar Airways began operations in 1994 and today is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world.  Currently, Qatar Airways flies to 53 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the Far East and plans to build its route network to 70 destinations by the end of 2005.

For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com. The toll-free number available across Canada is: 1-888-366-5666.