Qatar to increase its network to India

Qatar Airways will increase its frequency to India after months of bilateral discussions, as well as adding New Delhi to its expanding network.

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By  Laura Barnes Published  July 3, 2005

Qatar Airways will begin services to New Delhi this month, after a successful round of air service bilateral discussions. The discussions concluded with the Qatari flag carrier being allowed to almost double the number of weekly seats that it can offer between Qatar and India. The carrier currently operates 19 scheduled flights a week between Doha and India, but the discussions have lead to an additional 11 flights a week to five Indian cities, with New Delhi being added to its network. “Delhi has been on our radar screens for many years and I am extremely pleased to say we are now finally able to launch scheduled flights to India’s political capital,” said Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways. “I would like to thank the Indian and Qatari authorities for working so diligently to make this route happen. India has been enjoying an economic boom with capacity for air seats unable to meet the high demand. So our new Delhi flights, with additional capacity going into Mumbai, Hyderabad and Cochin will help meet the demand,” added Al Baker. The route will initially be operated with an Airbus A320 in a two class configuration and will be later upgraded to a widebody A330 in a three class configuration, featuring interactive audio video on demand inflight entertainment system. “The Indian government has been extremely pro-active in recent months in opening up the skies to more services, and I applaud their approach to make the aviation environment to and from India more competitive,” Al Baker added.

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