Qatar Airways concluded a successful appearance at the world’s largest travel and tourism fair, ITB Berlin, having made a significant network announcement whilst debuting its new cutting-edge technology exhibition stand to hundreds of travel professionals from around the world.
On the first day of ITB, Qatar Airways hosted a capacity crowd of more than 200 international journalists and announced a significant network expansion. The airline will soon serve five new cities in Europe: Pisa, Italy; Sarajevo, Bosnia; Helsinki, Finland; Skopje, Macedonia; and Nice, France.
Qatar Airways will also add six new destinations in Africa: Marrakech, Morocco; Windhoek, Namibia; Seychelles, Indian Ocean; Douala, Cameroon; Libreville, Gabon; and Lusaka, Zambia; and three new destinations in Asia and the South West Pacific: Auckland, New Zealand; Krabi and Chiang Mai in Thailand.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways continues to be the fastest-growing airline in the history of aviation, a distinction we wear proudly. We continue to connect the world, one flight at a time, and the public continues to respond to our extraordinary service.
“Two years ago, we predicted we would grow to 170 destinations, and we are right on track. Every employee of the airline has the same mission: to serve our passengers with extraordinary service so they continue to choose Qatar Airways, and tell their friends and family to choose us. With our ever-growing route network, we are making it easy for friends and family to connect and to explore new places for business or pleasure. We want our passengers to have wonderful journeys, and we want to go even more places together with them.”
Qatar Airways also unveiled a new exhibition stand at ITB Berlin this year. The stand offered the signature elements all travel and tourism professionals want to see and experience, such as the Business Class and First Class seat displays, as well as new features including an interactive global route network display and a holographic A350 model controlled through with ‘swipe’ or ‘gesture’ technology. This is the first known use of both technologies together by an airline.
H.E. Mr. Al Baker proudly hosted dignitaries, officials and visitors at the stand for meetings, closed door discussions and even hands-on demonstrations of the Qatar Airways seats on display.
Thousands of travel and trade professionals were hosted in the new exhibition stand over the five-day ITB event.