Qatar Airways to take delivery of 40 planes this year: HE Al Baker
Qatar Airways (QA), which has consistently been rated as the best airline in the world, is set to become even bigger and better.
The airline unveiled some of its expansion plans at a press conference held on the sidelines of the CAPA Qatar Aviation Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit yesterday.
According to QA Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, the airline will welcome the delivery of at least 40 airplanes this year.
QA will also add 11 new destinations to its network of flight operations, HE Al Baker revealed. These include Nur-sultan and Almaty in Kazakhstan, Osaka in Japan, Cebu in the Philippines and Accra in Ghana, Trabzon in Turkey, Lyon in France and Luanda in Angola.
“We are committed to the growth of our network as we announced eight new destinations is Kuwait Aviation Show 2020 with more to come in @ITB_Berlin,” said Qatar Airways GCEO H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker #CAPASummit pic.twitter.com/c005ScRKPC— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) February 5, 2020
The QA chief said Qatar has emerged stronger from the blockade and this reflects in the airline’s notable growth over the period.
QA has opened over 28 new routes since the Gulf crisis began in 2017 and continues to plan on opening several others in the time to come.
Last year, the airline began flights to a host of new destinations comprising Rabat, Lisbon, Malta, Gabarone, and Langkawi, among others.
2019 also witnessed increased flight frequencies to popular destinations including Cape Town, Manchester, Amman, and Kuwait, HE Al Baker mentioned.
In terms of increased investments in fleet, the QA top official said, the airline has more than 290 aircraft on order that are presently worth over $82 billion.
“Our fleet is one of the youngest in the world with more than 250 aircraft including 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 53 Airbus A350, 57 Boeing 777. The average age of our aircraft is five years. We have the distinction of receiving new aircraft every 11.5 days,” he stated.
Talking about the expansion of HIA, HE Al Baker said all projects are progressing according to the plans and will be ready ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Part of the expansion is nine new wide-body stands coupled with 22 more bus gates, he mentioned.
Regarding stopping flights to China, HE Al Baker highlighted that the flights were not stopped due to the coronavirus, saying the issue has been blown out of proportion.
“We stopped operations as many of the countries have imposed restrictions on the crew that flies to China. But we are carrying our cargos to China. We are carrying medicine and food to China. We stand with China in this time of crisis, and we are sure that it will be over soon,” he said.
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