Qatar Airways forecasts growth in leisure travel

Qatar Airways announces new flights and aircraft upgrades on its main routes, just in time for winter holidays.

Qatar Airways’ fleet of modern, fuel-efficient aircraft has enabled it to continue flying during the pandemic, maintaining its position as the main international carrier with more than 700 weekly flights to more than 100 destinations.

The Chief Executive of the Qatar Airways Group, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, says: “As travel restrictions are easing, we are beginning to feel the first signs of recovery from international leisure travel. It was our priority to continue to flying during the first few months of this year to help those who need to return home. At this time, it’s equally important to provide more flexible options for passengers and agents to plan trips for the next winter break. That’s why we’re increasing capacity for many destinations we consider important, such as Cape Town, Maldives, Seychelles, and Zanzibar. With over 700 weekly flights to over 100 destinations worldwide and hundreds of connections with our partners, passengers can rely on Qatar Airways to travel wherever they want, whenever they want with the most flexible options”.

Qatar Airways‘ strategic investment in a vast fleet of fuel-efficient twin-engine aircraft, including the largest fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft, has enabled Qatar Airways to continue to fly during this crisis and to position itself as a leader in the sustainable recovery of international travel.

The airline recently received three new next-generation Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, increasing its total fleet from A350 to 52 aircraft, with an average age of 2.6 years.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel demand, Qatar Airways immobilized its fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft, as it is not environmentally justified to operate such a large aircraft in the current market.

Qatar Airways recently launched a new program that allows passengers to voluntarily offset the carbon emissions associated with their trip at the booking point.

At the end of the IATA winter season, Qatar Airways plans to rebuild its network for 126 destinations, including 20 in Africa, 11 in the Americas, 42 in Asia-Pacific, 38 in Europe and 15 in the Middle East. Many destinations will have better flight times and more frequencies.

Awarded with numerous awards, Qatar Airways was named “World’s Best Airline” by the World Airline Awards in 2019, managed by Skytrax. It was also designated “Best Airline in the Middle East”, “Best Business Class in the World”, and “Best Business Class Seat“, in recognition of its pioneering experience in Business Class, Qsuite.

Qsuite seats have a 1-2-1 configuration, providing passengers with more space, privacy, comfort and social distance, an exclusive product of the Business Class. It is the only airline to have received the coveted title “Skytrax Airline of the Year” five times, which is recognized as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry.

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