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Qatar Airways Confirms 2 New India Cities

Fri Dec 22, 2006 6:07 am

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...i_Ahmedabad/articleshow/885650.cms

NEW DELHI: Premium carrier Qatar Airways announced on Thursday the expansion of its services to India by adding Chennai and Ahmedabad from March-April next year to five Indian cities from where it operates and raising frequencies on some existing routes by almost 60 per cent.

"From our existing 30 frequencies each week, we are now operating 42 frequencies till January 31. This will go up to 49 from next summer", airline CEO Akbar al Baker told reporters here.

He also announced plans to introduce a passenger service to Nagpur from the middle of 2007 and a twice-weekly freighter service around the same time.
Baker said the plans from Doha to Nagpur, where it was supposed to launch flights from this year, were delayed due to delay in supplies of aircraft.
The airline's decision to operate to new destinations and increase frequencies came a day after the Governments of India and Qatar reviewed and expanded the provisions of the bilateral air services agreement.

Complimenting the two governments for substantially enhancing flights between Qatar and India, he said the entitlements for his airlines had been more than doubled from 5,300 seats to 10,800 seats, reflecting the growing demand for air travel out of India.

During the temporary open sky policy offered by India between December 15 and January 31 next year, Qatar Airways would operate 42 flights each week, he said.

The new flights between Doha and Chennai and Ahmedabad would be launched from March-end or April, depending on supplies of new aircraft by the manufacturers. Airbus A-321s would be operating on these routes.

**So now we will have Kuwait Airways and Qatar Airways in Ahmedabad !!!
 
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RE: Qatar Airways Confirms 2 New India Cities

Fri Dec 22, 2006 6:37 am

Great news? I would have always assumed Bangalore, India's IT hub, should be added before Ahmedabad and Chennai.
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RE: Qatar Airways Confirms 2 New India Cities

Fri Dec 22, 2006 7:08 am

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 1):
Great news? I would have always assumed Bangalore, India's IT hub, should be added before Ahmadabad and Chennai.

Chennai is one of the most happening cities in India. Not only it has thriving IT sector, but also a great manufacturing sector including hardware, automobiles, and ancillary units. No wonder it is called Detroit of India. Also, there is fact that lot of PAX from Chennai traveling or working in the middle east.

Anyhow, this is a great news.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways Confirms 2 New India Cities

Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:01 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 1):
Great news? I would have always assumed Bangalore, India's IT hub, should be added before Ahmedabad and Chennai.

BLR has just had a massive expansion in capacity to the gulf with EK launching 8 per week DXB-BLR flights on a 332/772. BA is also now daily on BLR-LHR non-stop, and AF daily on BLR-CDG and LH (744) daily on BLR-FRA sectors. So both the gulf and Europe/US markets have decent coverage at the moment.

In addition the current BLR airport is a complete dump and does not have many (or even any) slots left.

I think QR is doing the right thing by not jumping into the fray right now, and holding on until the new BLR airport is ready.

It will also make sense to launch flights to BLR when QR manages to get some non-stop flights from DOH to the US (and when they finally decide to join the *A).

MAA is a good market due to the number of folks from that states working in the gulf (there's lesser number of people from central/north Karnataka in the gulf, and those from south-coastal Karnataka are served quite well by the airports in Kerala).

AMD - I'm guessing there's still more than enough demand for AMD-LHR (and other parts of Europe) - which QR should be able to do a good job on.
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RE: Qatar Airways Confirms 2 New India Cities

Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:16 pm

I am sure Chennai and Ahmedabad will make a profit, but with these two new cities, that would make the new destinations of 2007 to 10:

Bali (A300, via KUL)
New York (A346)
Chennai (A32X)
Ahmedabad (A32X)
Nagpur (A320)
Ho Chi Minh (A332)
Warsaw (?) from wikipedia
Northern European City (?)
Lagos (A332)
Dar Es Salam (A319)

What about Sao Paulo, which is supposed to be launched in 2007? Australia is not on the agenda?

Thanks.
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RE: Qatar Airways Confirms 2 New India Cities

Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:02 pm

This is the text of the Press Release if anyone is interested...

21 December 2006: INDIA – Qatar Airways today announced a huge expansion of its operations across India with the launch of two new routes and the introduction of additional capacity on existing services.

Beginning April 2007, Chennai in southern India, and Ahmedabad, in western India, will join Qatar Airways’ burgeoning Indian network, which already includes non-stop services from Doha to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Cochin and Trivandrum.

Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu State, and the Gujarat capital of Ahmedabad, will each be served with seven flights a week from the start of the Summer 2007 flying season.

With immediate effect, the Doha-based carrier has been granted rights by the Indian government to increase capacity to the country’s commercial capital of Mumbai and the southern city of Trivandrum with its bigger, state-of-the-art Airbus A330 aircraft – almost doubling the number of seats on both daily services.

The Cochin and Hyderabad flights will see frequency increase by two and three flights, respectively, to give both cities a daily operation, and each served with a two-class Airbus A321.

Qatar Airways normally operates 30 flights a week between Doha and five cities across India. Under the new bilateral arrangement, the airline will serve India with 49 flights a week. The increase has been made possible following a successful round of bilateral negotiations in New Delhi this week between the Governments of Qatar and India.

During the Indian Government’s current temporary open skies policy for Winter 2006/07, Qatar Airways has been granted rights to operate 42 flights a week, effective from December 15 until January 31, 2007.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Akbar Al Baker was ecstatic with news of the expansion and thanked both the Governments of India and Qatar for their diligent bilateral negotiations.

“This is tremendous news for the travelling public and Qatar Airways,” he said, addressing a packed press conference at the Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi today.

“India is one of our key markets, sustainable due to the high demand for our popular services to five important cities. Qatar Airways has been eyeing new opportunities across India for some time, and I am extremely thankful to both the Indian and Qatari authorities for their successful negotiations.

“The Indian government has demonstrated that it is keen and willing to open up its market to more competition and this has to be good news for the consumer. More flights mean more choice.

“Our expansion further strengthens ties between both countries which goes back many years.”

Added Al Baker: “2007 will be yet another year of huge growth for Qatar Airways – a year in which we celebrate a milestone 10th anniversary of operations”.

“Chennai and Ahmedabad will be joined by New York, Bali, Ho Chih Minh City, Lagos, Dar Es Salaam and two points in eastern and northern Europe in 2007, together with the first of our 20 Boeing 777 long-range commercial aircraft – so what a year we have in store.”

Al Baker said the expansion reinforced the message that Qatar Airways was one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, with 70 destinations served from Doha to cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and Far East.

With a growing international network, he added that more travellers would have an opportunity to use Qatar Airways’ brand new Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport, exclusively for departing First and Business Class passengers.

The Premium Terminal features facilities such as a spa, jacuzzi, duty free, business centre and fine dining restaurants. Built in just nine months, the terminal is the world’s first commercial passenger building dedicated to First and Business Class passengers.

During the press conference, Al Baker applauded India’s athletes for their tremendous performance during the recent 15th Asian Games held in Doha.
“As Official Airline of the Asian Games, Qatar Airways delivered its award-winning Five Star service to sports men and women, officials and spectators to the Games, which lived up to its promise of being the best and biggest ever in Games history.

“Qatar Airways’ trademark is personal attention and service quality, epitomising the values and hospitality of our Qatari tradition. We looked after the thousands of people who travelled with us to Qatar and I look forward to welcoming more people on our new services as we enter 2007 in buoyant mood.”
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RE: Qatar Airways Confirms 2 New India Cities

Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:20 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 4):
Warsaw (?) from wikipedia
Northern European City (?)

Warsaw is a good bet and I would put my money on ARN.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 4):
What about Sao Paulo, which is supposed to be launched in 2007? Australia is not on the agenda?

They must hurry up before EK takesthe route however itwould be surprise if they start in 2007.
 
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RE: Qatar Airways Confirms 2 New India Cities

Sun Dec 24, 2006 12:19 am

Isnt Bangalore now been renamed as Bangaluru?
 
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RE: Qatar Airways Confirms 2 New India Cities

Sun Dec 24, 2006 12:38 am

Obviously the main target market for QR in AMD are those pax headed to DXB, LHR, MAN, BHX and NYC.

Currently, KU dominates the NYC-AMD market with its one stop flights via KWI 3 times a week...but they fly from JFK. If QR really want to capture a large chunk of the NYC based traffic bound for AMD, they must stick to their original plan of flying into EWR-Newark and not JFK as the majority of NRI Gujratis live in the Newark area.

I would have prefered QR sending the A 321s to ATQ and not MAA.

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