Qatar Airways will start its first flights to South America on 24 June with daily flights to Brazil and Argentina.

The airline recently acquired two new Boeing 777-200 long-range aircraft that will be deployed on routes to Sao Paolo in Brazil and Buenos Aires in Argentina.

The airline plans to launch a total of seven new routes in the first six months of 2010 and further routes are planned to start within the next 12 months.

Qatar Airways expects to receive one new aircraft each month in 2010 allowing the carrier to execute its expansion plans.

Flights to Copenhagen began on 30 March making the Doha-based airline the only Gulf carrier that flies to Scandinavia.

The carrier will start flights to Ankara in Turkey from 5 April, flights to Tokyo, Japan on 26 April and flights to Barcelona, Spain will begin on 7 June.

The airline is also planning to start flights to Sydney in Australia this year.

Construction of the New Doha International airport is currently under way to cope with the expansion of Qatar Airways.

The new airport will have capacity for 24 million passengers a year when it opens in 2011. This will increase to 50 million passengers a year after 2015 (MEED 11:6:09).