* Airline to resume flights to Algiers, Kiev, Miami, Phuket, Seychelles, Tbilisi and Warsaw
* Increasing services to Chicago and New York
* National carrier to launch two new destinations in December with flights to Luanda and San Francisco
Qatar Airways has announced that it will resume flights and increase services to several destinations in the coming weeks, as well as launch two new destinations in December.
"Qatar Airways’ fleet of modern fuel-efficient aircraft has enabled it to continue flying throughout the pandemic and sustainably rebuild its network maintaining its position as the leading international carrier providing global connectivity," the national carrier of Qatar said in a statement on Wednesday.
The destinations to which the airline will resume flights and increase services include the following: Algiers (two weekly flights starting November 13), Chicago (increasing to nine weekly flights from November 15), Kiev (three weekly flights starting December 18), Miami (two weekly flights starting November 14), New York (increasing to 14 weekly flights from November 14), Phuket (two weekly flights starting December 4), Seychelles (three weekly flights starting December 15), Tbilisi (one weekly flight from November 5) and Warsaw (three weekly flights starting December 16).
Qatar Airways will also launch two new destinations in December with one weekly flight to Luanda, Angola, starting from December 14 and four weekly flights to San Francisco, US, from December 15.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker said, “We are delighted to continue rebuilding our network, resuming routes and adding new destinations. We have made it our priority to not only restart most of our existing destinations as soon as possible but also to launch new routes. Our fleet of of technologically advanced, sustainable aircraft has enabled us to lead the industry operating more frequencies to provide our passengers increased connectivity and the flexibility to travel when they want.
"With more than 700 weekly flights currently to just over 100 destinations, and plans to increase our network to more than 125 destinations by the end of the IATA winter season, our passengers will enjoy more options to travel when they want across the globe, safely and reliably.”
The airline's "strategic investment in a variety of fuel-efficient, twin-engine aircraft, including the largest fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft, has enabled it to continue flying throughout this crisis and perfectly positions it to lead the sustainable recovery of international travel", the statement notes.
Qatar Airways recently took delivery of three new state-of-the-art Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, increasing its total A350 fleet to 52 with an average age of just 2.6 years. Due to Covid-19’s impact on travel demand, the airline has grounded its fleet of Airbus A380s as it is not environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market.
The airline has also recently launched a new programme that enables passengers to voluntarily offset the carbon emissions associated with their journey at the point of booking.