Qatar Airways is making headlines at this year’s ITB Berlin, with the airline’s chief executive, HE Akbar Al Baker having announced robust expansion plans and 16 new destinations for 2018-2019.
The airline held a press conference on the opening day of the event, which saw the unveiling of a brand new interactive exhibition stand. High-profile attendees at the presentation of the stand included Qatari Ambassador to Germany, HE Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, as well as almost 200 members of international media and VIPs.
Among the new destinations to be added to Qatar Airways’ already abundant network is Luxembourg, making the carrier the first in the Gulf region to offer a direct service to the country. Other exciting new destinations to be launched by the airline include London Gatwick, UK; Cardiff, UK; Lisbon, Portugal; Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Cebu and Davao, Philippines; Langkawi, Malaysia; Da Nang, Vietnam; Bodrum, Antalya and Hatay, Turkey; Mykonos and Thessaloniki, Greece; and Málaga, Spain.
Additionally, Qatar Airways will enhance services to Warsaw, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Prague and Kyiv to a double daily frequency, while services to Madrid, Barcelona and the Maldives will increase to triple daily.
HE Al Baker stated: “Qatar Airways is tremendously excited to announce further expansion with a significant number of new destinations to be added to our extensive global network throughout 2018 and 2019. This is a direct reflection of our commitment to connecting travellers across all corners of the world in a way that is meaningful and convenient to them.
“We are committed to continuing our ambitious growth strategy, in order to be able to provide our passengers with as much choice as possible and to take them anywhere in the world they wish to go,” he added.
The brand-new exhibition stand unveiled at the ceremony was designed with a concept of ‘augmented reality.’ The new stand features a full 360 degree digital screen wrapping around the entire stand showcasing the signature Qatar Airways five-star journey, while in-flight entertainment experiences allow guests to place themselves virtually into one of the airline’s business class seats, complemented by a full-size display of the airline’s patented, award-winning Qsuite.