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Qatar Airways doubles its fleet

Hyderabad, March 4 (IANS) Qatar Airways Thursday announced that its fleet size has grown to 80 aircraft, doubling the numbers in five years.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker told reporters at the India Aviation 2010 here that the fleet was set to grow to 120 aircraft by 2013. The current global network of 86 destinations would rise to 120.

One of the world’s fastest growing airlines, it recently inducted its 15th Boeing 777 to maintain a delivery schedule of more than one new aircraft a month.

The newest Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft will serve long haul routes from the airline’s operational hub Doha.

‘The aircraft is part of a larger order for more than 220 different aircraft worth over $40 billion placed in recent years,’ he said.

Last week, Qatar Airways embarked on its aggressive 2010 expansion programme with the launch of daily non-stop flights between Doha and Bangalore.

This took Qatar Airways’ Indian capacity up to 71 services a week spread across 11 key cities — Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Kozhikode, Goa and Amritsar.

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