Qatar Airways adds Kochi flights

The Qatari flag carrier’s network expands to 39 destinations, with a target of 50 set for the end of 2003.

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By  David Ingham Published  March 9, 2003

Qatar Airways has begun flights to Kochi in southern India, taking the number of destinations it serves to 39. Qatar now flies to India 19 times a week, with flights to Mumbai, Hyderabad, Trivandrum and Kochi.

“This is an exciting event for Qatar Airways as we seek to increasingly introduce our premium standards of airline customer service to India,” said chief executive officer, Akbar Al-Baker. “India and the large Indian expatriate community in the Gulf region can only benefit from Qatar Airways’ new service to Kochi.

Kochi will be served by three weekly flights, which travel via Doha, using A300-600 and A320-200 aircraft. By the end of 2003, Qatar Airways plans to serve 50 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, North Africa and the Far East.

The airline currently has 21 Airbus planes and aims to grow that to 28 by the end of this year. It recently took delivery of its third Airbus A330-200 and is scheduled to take delivery of its fourth A330 in April.

Qatar also plans to add a long-range corporate luxury jet to its fleet and is a launch customer for the ‘super jumbo’ A380.

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