Qatar Airways announces increased frequencies to its gateways in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Frequency Across Saudi Arabia Rises To 130 Services Per Week Including An All-Premium Class Airbus A319 To Jeddah And Riyadh

DOHA, Qatar, 2015-12-7 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways has announced increased frequencies to its gateways in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab country of the Middle East, starting this month. With 39 additional flights to Abha, Gassim, Ta’if, Jeddah, Riyadh and Madinah beginning 11th December 2015 through 1st March 2016, the total number of services to Saudi Arabia will increase to 130 flights each week allowing easy access to a network of 153 destinations worldwide via Doha.

Jeddah and Riyadh, which are currently served with a double daily service, will both increase to 21 flights per week adding a third daily flight operated by the All-First Class A319 starting December 16th and 18th respectively.

Saudi Arabia’s continued economic diversification, growth of the private sector and increasing popularity as a destination for the Middle East MICE industry has resulted in increased demand for business travel within the region. This evolution into a commercial hub is reflected in the airline’s decision to fly the A319 All-First Class aircraft to both Jeddah and Riyadh, allowing for premium comfort and privacy when travelling.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are pleased to announce our increased service to the cities of Saudi Arabia today. The commercial growth and investment seen there over the past few years will undoubtedly precede an increase in demand for travel to and from these cities. It is always our prerogative at Qatar Airways to be ahead of the curve and to go beyond the expected. These additional services do just that whilst further strengthening Qatar Airways’ commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the existing commercial links between our eight stations and the rest of the world via our 153 Qatar Airways destinations. We look forward to welcoming even more passengers on board our state-of-the-art aircraft and connecting them more frequently to the ancient and advancing cities of Saudi Arabia.”

The Airbus A319 aircraft is fitted with an All-First Class, single aisle, 2-2 seating configuration with 40 seats, and will enable passengers to experience the total comfort of a private jet complemented by Qatar Airways’ award-winning five-star hospitality.

Qatar Airways’ A319 First Class seats, which recline into fully-flat beds, have one of the highest specifications for premium travel of any airline. In addition, the in-flight entertainment system, Oryx One, provides up to 2,000 choices of movies, music and games, which can be enjoyed on the latest-generation systems and noise-cancelling headphones.

Combined with the best in on-board service, Qatar Airways’ passengers on the A319 All-First Class flight will also have an end-to-end premium experience with the stylish and sophisticated lounge at Doha’s state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport.

Qatar Airways’ home, Hamad International Airport (HIA), houses one of the world’s largest and most luxurious Business Class lounges – the Al Mourjan Business Lounge – and also has over 40,000 square metres of retail space and restaurants that includes a selection of more than 70 retail and 30 food and beverage outlets.

Thanks to HIA’s modern design, passengers can take advantage of convenient, quick and seamless onward connections to 153 key business and leisure destinations across Qatar Airways’ ever-expanding global network, including those in Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa. The airline has also recently announced two new destinations in Australia, Sydney and Adelaide, commencing in March and May 2016 respectively, to complement its existing Perth and Melbourne services.

The national airline of the State of Qatar was named the world’s best carrier at the 2015 Skytrax Awards, marking the third time in the last five years that the airline has won this coveted accolade. The airline also recently won Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East.

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Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 18th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 173 aircraft flying to 153 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Qatar Airways won Airline of the Year, Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East at the 2015 Skytrax Awards. This is the third time the airline won the accolade of Airline of the Year.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

This year, Qatar Airways launched Oryx One, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 2,000. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the five-star airline’s on-board Wifi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 40 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 173 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes six Airbus 330, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

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