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1. Qatar Airways said on Sunday it would receive 13 new Airbus aircraft this year to expand its operations to 12 more cities.
2. Qatar Airways now has a 24-plane all-Airbus fleet which it plans to boost to 56 by 2008. Planes on order include 10 A330-200 and seven A330-300. The airline also has an option for three A330-200, four A330-300, two A380-800 and eight A340-600 aircraft.
3. "In June, we will begin flights to Luxor in Egypt and to Istanbul in Turkey. The following month, in July, we will begin a new service to Zurich in Switzerland. In November we will begin flights to Kabul in Afghanistan," he said.
Baker said the carrier was one of the fastest growing airlines in the world.
4. On Saturday, Qatar awarded U.S. firm Bechtel a $2.5 billion contract to design and build a new international airport as part of its plans to boost tourism. Baker said Qatar Airways planned to add 12 more destinations to extend its operations to 60 cities by the year-end, compared with 48 at present.