Qatar Airways to launch 10 destinations in 2011

02 May 2011

In June, the airline will start flying to Shiraz, Venice and Montreal

Qatar Airways will launch 10 more destinations this year, bringing its total number of destinations to 110.

In June, the airline will start flying to Shiraz, Venice and Montreal. Flights to Medina and Calcutta are scheduled to begin in July.

Flights to Sofia and Oslo will start in September and October and flights to Entebbe, Baku and Tbilisi will be launched in November.

Akbar al-Baker, chief executive of the airline, says that he plans to launch a total of 120 destinations within the next two years and operate 120 aircraft.

Qatar Airways is also planning to launch an initial public offering (IPO) by 2013 following three consecutive years of profit.  The carrier has already been in profit for the past two years. The Doha-based airline has carried more than 14 million passengers during the 2009/10 financial year. It expects to carry more than 16 million passengers in the 2010/11 financial year.

The airline will receive the first of five Airbus A380 aircraft on order in 2012. It is also in negotiations to purchase additional planes. It will receive one Bombardier business jet in June, a Challenger 605 in July and a Global 5000 in August.

Qatar Airways has about 200 aircraft on order, including 60 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

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