Confidence Is in the Air for Qatar Airways

The Gulf airline confirms its commitment to grow its destinations, despite a blockade of the carrier within its region.

Having been voted the world’s best airline in 2017, Qatar Airways has opened 11 new destinations in the past year, with more to come in 2018/19, said Qatar Airways CEO and President, Akbar Al Baker at an ITB Berlin press conference. “Actually, the attempt to undermine our independence made us even more determined to keep our march ahead.

We feel even prouder as a nation,” Al Baker said of the recent diplomatic struggles within the Gulf region. In Europe, Qatar Airways will open new routes to Bodrum, Cardiff , Lisbon, London Gatwick, Luxemburg, Malaga, Malta, Mykonos, Tallinn and Thessaloniki; in Asia, it will add Antalya and Hatyai in Turkey, Cebu and Davao in the Philippines, Danang in Vietnam and Langkawi in Malaysia. “We lost 19 destinations but we open 11 others. 2018/2019 will again see a range of destinations being added”, the Qatar Airways CEO reiterated. The new Q Suite superior business class product will be included in the entire fleet of Qatar Airways by the end of next year. “We still work to find a solution to equip our Airbus A380 and Boeing B777LR,” said Al Baker. In Germany, the Q Suite will be introduced from March to flights from Frankfurt, and by the end of summer from Berlin and Munich. In Europe, Qatar Airways is working quickly on the launch of the rebranded Meridiana, which is becoming Air Italy. “We are creating a new national carrier for Italy. It will offer the same high quality standards as Qatar Airways, and will fly around the world from Milan-Malpensa with a fleet of brand new aircrafts,” said Al Baker. The Gulf airline has also recently launched a new Airbus A350-1000 flying from Doha to London. Meanwhile, 2019 will again be a year of novelties, with the introduction of a new economy class seat. “Something revolutionary again”, promised Al Baker.

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