DENPASAR ~ Qatar Airways has announced an expansion of its international network with the addition of seven new routes during 2007, including to Bali.
From Europe and Africa to Asia and, for the first time, North America, Qatar Airways will add seven key cities to its route network over the next 12 months.
The airline confirmed it will take delivery of the first of 20 Boeing 777s next year to operate long haul routes from the carrierâ€™s Doha hub.
Nigeriaâ€™s commercial centre of Lagos joins Qatar Airwaysâ€™ network from January 3, followed six days later by Dar Es Salaam, capital of Tanzania.
Qatar Airways will begin flying to Bali from March next year, supporting its existing Indonesian operation in which the airline already serves Jakarta.
And Vietnam is also on the horizon when Ho Chi Minh City is set to become yet another destination in Qatar Airwaysâ€™ Asian portfolio next March.
At a press conference at the World Travel Market in London this week, Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker said 2007 would be a milestone year for the Doha-based airline.
â€œBack in 1994, Qatar Airways launched operations with just a handful of regional routes with a handful of aircraft,â€ he said.
â€œThe airline was relaunched in 1997 and, almost 10 years on, Qatar Airways now flies an international network covering 70 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and Far East.
â€œAs we enter 2007 to celebrate 10 years of flying, Qatar Airways is pleased to announce the addition of seven destinations to our ever-growing international network. Lagos, Dar Es Salaam, New York, Bali and Ho Chi Minh City, and two additional points in Europe will further cement our position as a truly global airline.â€