Qatar Airways Continues to Expand

It’s said that competition breeds quality, and if you look at several of the airlines that are based in the Middle East, then the above statement certainly proves true.

Two of the airlines that are based in the United Arab Emirates are in deep competition with each other to improve their quality of service and to expand their networks. Those two airlines are Emirates, which is based in Dubai; Etihad, which has its headquarters in Abu Dhabi; and the third airline, Qatar Airways, which is the official airline of the neighbouring country of Qatar.

All of these airlines are great airlines, and Qatar Airways was announced as the World’s Best Airline in 2011 by Skytrax, which is the world’s largest airline review site.

Qatar Airways has come a long way during its brief history. The airline was only established in 1993, and its maiden flight was in 1994, when its only aircraft was a Boeing 767 which was leased from Kuwait Airways.

Qatar has huge reserves of oil and natural gas, and in 2009 Qatar Airways became the first airline in the world to operate a commercial flight that was powered by natural gas. It is those massive oil and gas reserves which give the state of Qatar the wealth to invest in aviation infrastructure which, in turn, has boosted Qatar Airways ability to increase its fleet and to expand its operations.

Besides being named as the world’s best airline, Qatar Airways is expanding its network at a time when most other airlines are cutting back on services.

Qatar Airways is based in Doha, capital of Qatar, and the Doha International Airport is a state-of-art facility that has been named as the world’s best premium services airport for two years in a row.

From its humble beginnings back in 1993, the airline now services 110 destinations, and continues to expand, increasing its services to Australia, Africa and Eastern Europe. Its fleet consists mainly of Airbus aircraft, although it does also fly Boeing 777s, with 30 of the new high tech composite Boeing 787 also on order.

Additionally, Qatar Airways has also announced a $50 billion aircraft purchase by ordering more than 250 additional aircraft.

One of the reasons for the airline’s popularity among customers is its onboard comfort. Qatar’s economy class was named as the best in the world for two consecutive years by satisfied customers, as the seat pitch, at 34 inches, is generally bigger than on other airlines, and the in-flight entertainment system is superb.

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