Qatar Airways makes waves as ITB comes to a close
Qatar Airways has participated in another successful year at ITB Berlin – the world’s largest travel show – by showcasing never-been-seen-before new in-flight products.
The airline exhibited its latest suite of amenity kits and its newly-unveiled Boeing 787 Dreamliner Business and Economy Class seats, housed in a custom-designed exhibition stand, which was making its debut at ITB.
The first of 60 Boeing 787s, of which Qatar Airways is the Middle East launch customer, will join the fleet this summer.
With 14 new routes being added to Qatar Airways’ international network during 2012, there was huge interest among visitors keen to learn more about the airline’s global expansion and about the New Doha International Airport, set to open at the end of the year.
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker hosted a press conference on the opening day of the five-day event, announcing expansion plans with the launch of flights to Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Erbil and Baghdad in Iraq, Belgrade in Serbia and the Myanmar capital Yangon.
These new routes will be part of an overall expansion during 2012, which will also see the launch of previously announced services to the Rwandan capital Kigali starting March 21st; Croatia’s capital city Zagreb starting from May 9th; Perth in Australia from July 3rd; and Mombasa (Kenya) on August 15th.
The European capital cities of Tbilisi in Georgia and Baku in Azerbaijan were the airline’s first new routes of 2012, which began February 1st.
Additional new routes launching this year with dates yet to be announced are Zanzibar (Tanzania), Helsinki (Finland), and Gassim (Saudi Arabia).