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QA participates in Berlin travel show

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DOHA QATAR Airways participated at this year’s ITB Berlin – the world’s largest travel show – where it showcased its awardwinning five star service and hospitality.

Highlights of the airline’s attendance included a display of its long-haul Boeing 777 Business Class seats, as well as a model of the New Doha International Airport, which is currently under construction and set to open in 2012.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar al Baker held a press conference on the opening day of the fiveday event.

He announced plans to boost the airline’s international network this year with the launch of flights to Oslo, Sofia and Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).

These new routes will be part of an overall expansion during 2011, which will also see the Iranian city of Shiraz (June 5), Venice in Italy (June 15) and the airline’s first destination in Canada – Montreal (June 29) joining the network.

During the show, Qatar Airways also announced a number of capacity increases to various destinations, including the Doha – Frankfurt route expanded to double daily services, an increase from 10 to 14 flights a week.

The Frankfurt expansion represents part of a huge capacity increase in Germany from 24 to 35 flights a week, which includes recentlyintroduced flights to Stuttgart, additional services to Munich while maintaining a daily schedule to the capital, Berlin.


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