While global carriers scramble to trim and reorganise their networks, Qatar Airways has announced bold expansion plans including new services to Australia and expanded operations in India and Europe. Chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Qatar AirwaysÃ¢â‚¬™ robust expansion is continuing undeterred by the current economic climate.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sydney and Melbourne have been on our radar screen for many years. We can finally look forward to entering the Australian market with vigour as we will have the aircraft to serve this highly popular market non-stop from Doha.” Once regulatory approval is given, the Australian services will begin utilising B777-200 LR aircraft. The carrier is also launching new services to Goa and Amritsar in India, and two new European services are planned within the next nine months but not as yet finalised. And, beginning 30 March, Qatar will begin between daily non-stop service between Doha and Houston with two B777-200LRs which it took delivery of over the last two months. The carrier has an average delivery of rate of one aircraft per month.
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