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Sep 05 - 11, 2005


Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, is one of the aviation industry's success stories.

The award-winning Five Star-ranked airline is one of the fastest growing carriers in the world with unprecedented expansion averaging 40% year on year that industry peers can only admire with envy.

Since its relaunch in 1997, Qatar Airways has achieved staggering growth in fleet and passenger numbers.

From only four aircraft in 1997, the airline grew to a fleet size of 28 aircraft by the end of 2003 and 40 by Summer 2005.

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker who was appointed CEO in 1997, Qatar Airways has matured into a leading force in regional and global aviation, earning many admirers around the world for its excellent standards of service.

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 40 all-Airbus aircraft averaging under three years old and is the European aircraft manufacturer's biggest Middle East customer with five different types of aircraft in its fleet - the A330 being the backbone of its long-range operations.

From its hub in Doha, capital of Qatar, the airline has developed a global network of destinations, covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and Far East. Qatar Airways operates to 66 destinations worldwide with Nairobi and Berlin due to join the global network this winter. By the end of 2006, Qatar Airways' global map will stretch to 80 destinations.

The airline's commitment to offering quality and high levels of service from a dedicated workforce earned it a string of accolades during 2004 and 2005.

Skytrax, the independent aviation quality monitoring agency, awarded Qatar Airways a Five Star ranking - Skytrax's highest accolade for airline service - joining an elite club of only three other carriers in the world to have earned such recognition.

Qatar Airways' cabin crew was recognised as the best in the Middle East for the third year running in 2005 and fifth best in the world following an annual survey of more than 12 million passengers comprising 93 different nationalities. Skytrax also placed Qatar Airways in the world's top 10 for inflight entertainment, a huge achievement for a young and vibrant airline.

The airline was the first Middle East carrier to introduce First Class seats that convert into 180-degree fully flat beds and Business Class seats-cum-lie flat beds. It also has one of the most advanced inflight entertainment systems in the sky - Audio Video On Demand (AVOD) on its A330 long-haul fleet where passengers in First, Business and Economy Class can play, forward, rewind and stop programmes at a time of their choice, giving them more control of their personal entertainment.

Further expansion is on the horizon as Qatar Airways' fleet will almost triple in size to 110 aircraft by 2015. Qatar Airways announced plans at the Paris Air Show in June to acquire up to 80 aircraft, comprising 60 of the new generation A350s and 20 Boeing 777s worth a total US$15.2 billion.

The airline is one of the launch customers of the twin-deck A380 'super jumbos' with four aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2009 to coincide with the opening of the New Doha International Airport.

Qatar Airways plans to initially operate the A380 on its flagship European route between Doha and London Heathrow followed by other prime, high-density routes.

The New Doha International Airport is scheduled to open in 2009 at a cost of US $2.5bn in the first phase and will initially be capable of handling 12 million passengers a year.

Once fully developed in 2015 at a cost of US $5.5bn, the airport is expected to handle up to 50 million passengers a year. One of the project's key features is that 60% of the site will be built on reclaimed land from the Arabian Gulf.

Qatar Airways will manage the new airport, designed to help shape Doha as a key regional and global aviation hub.

The new airport will be an architectural wonder with 80 gates once fully completed. The state-of-the-art passenger terminal will have a wavy roof structure accessed through a roadway network that passes through a man-made lagoon to complement the natural bay and water setting.

There will also be a 1,900 square metre airport mosque with minaret in a garden plaza located on the south side of the airport's main passenger terminal.

The Emiri complex will be an architectural marvel, with the exterior shape of the pavilion representing sail boats which complement the water setting of the airport. The building is layered to provide a striking effect and will light up the night sky. The complex will also include a pavilion, ceremonial podium, apron, private roadways and parking, surrounded by lush landscaping.

The airport complex will comprise a 75-metre high control tower located between the parallel runways, multi-storey office building, parking and access roads. Triangular in shape with one angle cut by a crescent shape all along its height, the structure will be topped by a glazed cabin.

Qatar Airways has a history of being innovative and is rapidly becoming a leading player in the aviation industry - both regionally and globally.