Qatar Airways: growth in adversity

Qatar Airways continues to grow and launch new products, despite the ongoing blockade of the country, declared Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker at a press conference in Berlin.

Setting a de ant tone at the airline’s traditional meeting with the ITB media, Al Baker said the Qatari carrier was expanding in the face of a difficult environment caused by the “illegal blockade” of the Gulf state.

“We are losing money as the blockade can add up to two hours more ying time to our routes. But we show strong resilience,” he said. The airline presented its new Economy Class which provides enhanced comfort to travellers. Seats offer an innovative 19-degree recline system, additional legroom, dual trays, 34 cm widescreens and fast-charging USB ports.

“We not only change our seats but enhance the ying experience with a new catering concept and additional entertainment,” explained Akbar Al Baker. A new in-flight dining experience ‘Quisine’ will bring more choices with regional specialties and larger portions. Passengers will enjoy also 4,000 hours of entertainment and high-speed wi-fi .

Qatar Airways announced a series of new routes, from Doha to Davao, Izmir, Langkawi, Lisbon Malta, Mogadishu and Rabat. Al Baker promised more announcements were on their way.

Photo: Akbar Al Baker (centre) at the Qatar Airways briefing

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