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Qatar Airways continues its expansion throughout 2015

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in its 18 years of operation and continues to expand throughout 2015.  Today Qatar Airways is flying a modern fleet of 156 aircraft to more than 140 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

New Routes
 Qatar Airways will be launching flights to Zanzibar from 1 July 2015 taking the total number of destinations in the airlines Africa network to 20.  The new five-times weekly service will go via Kilimanjaro operated by an Airbus A320.  The Doha – Kilimanjaro route will become a non-stop service with the return Kilimanjaro – Doha route served via Zanzibar. Zanzibar’s white sandy beaches and abundant wildlife make it the perfect island destination for leisure travellers.  Qatar Airways flies to Zanzibar from London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh with prices starting at £652 return.   

Major expansion in South Africa sees Qatar Airways introduce a new four times weekly service to Durban on 17 December 2015 operated by a Boeing 787.  Durban is the busiest port in Africa and the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa.  The city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches make it an exciting holiday destination with a considerable selection of luxury resorts and adventure sports opportunities.  Qatar Airways flies to Durban from London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh with prices starting at £750 return.   

Qatar Airways has added two new codeshare destinations through its partnerships with Cathay Pacific. Customers can now enjoy more convenient connections to Muscat with Cathay Pacific via Doha operated by an Airbus A320 and Airbus A321. Qatar Airways flies an Airbus A320 to Muscat from London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh with prices starting at £589 return.   

Frequency and capacity increases
Middle Eastern routes benefit from increases to Saudi Arabia and Oman in response to continued passenger demand.  From 16 May 2015, Qatar Airways will fly daily to Ta’if operated by an Airbus A321, while Gassim will see flights increase to 10 flights per week operated by an Airbus A320 from 17 July 2015.  Seasonal increases will see 13 flights per week fly to Salalah from 13 July 2015 to 4 October 2015 operated by an Airbus A320.    

As of 1 June 2015, Qatar Airways will be operating an additional service to Singapore to cater for increasing demand.  The new daily flight will depart from Doha at 20.25 and arrive in Singapore the next day at 09.15, before returning to Doha.  Qatar Airways flies to Singapore from London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh currently operated by a Boeing 787 with prices starting at £648 return.   

Starting 1 August 2015, 32 per cent more seats will be added to Qatar Airways Doha – Bengaluru service to meet increasing passenger demand.  The current Boeing 787 that seats 254 will be replaced by a Boeing 777 with a capacity of 335.  Qatar Airways flies to Bengaluru from London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh with prices starting at £608 return.   

In addition to new routes to Durban, major expansion in South Africa sees increases in services to Cape Town and Johannesburg.  From 1 October 2015 flights to Cape Town will increase to a daily service ahead of the busy winter season operated  by a Boeing 787.  Flights to Johannesburg will increase to a twice-daily service commencing 17 December 2015 also operated by a Boeing 787. Qatar Airways flies to Cape Town and Johannesburg from London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh operated with return fares starting at £747 and £695 respectively.   

Flight frequency increases to Indonesia will see the capital, Jakarta served by a thrice-daily service from 5 July 2015 operated by a Boeing 777 and Airbus A330.  Increases to routes to Denpasar will see twice-daily operation from 16 July 2015 operated by a Boeing 787, facilitating connections to this tourist favourite. Qatar Airways flies to Jakarta and Denpasar from London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh with return fares starting at £716 and £848 respectively.   

Fleet expansion
Qatar Airways will become the first airline to operate the A350 XWB to Singapore and the Asia Pacific on 11 May 2015. Initially the A350 XWB aircraft will operate once a day, with the second daily operation commencing on 16 July 2015. The Business Class cabin has 36 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration featuring an 80” full flat bed and 17” HD in-flight entertainment screen. The Economy Class features 247 18-inch wide seats in a 3-3-3 configuration, each with a 10.6” in-flight entertainment screen.  Qatar Airways flies to Singapore from London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh with prices starting at £648 return. 

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