Global expansion for Qatar Airways includes world's longest flight

Qatar AirwaysQatar Airways is adding 14 new destinations to its network in a programme of global expansion across four continents.

The acclaimed carrier's new routes will expand its reach and will notably include a flight between Doha and Auckland New Zealand - which will be the world's longest.

Five new European destinations

Qatar Airways’ expansion will include a focus on Europe, with the announcement of five new destinations being added to its schedules.

Starting in August there will be a daily non-stop A320-family service from Doha to Pisa in Italy, which becomes the fourth destination to be served by Qatar Airways in the country alongside existing flights to Venice, Rome and Milan.

A service to Sarajevo in Bosnia will start on 7 September and will see three flights a week on A320-family aircraft. Daily non-stop flights from Doha to Helsinki in Finland will start in October and the following month a three times weekly service will operate between Doha and Skopje in Macedonia.

Nice in France will also make a return to the carrier's schedules by summer 2017 when there will be five flights a week with wide-body aircraft.

Africa and Asia

Qatar Airways will begin services to six new destinations in Africa including Marrakech in Morocco, Windhoek in Namibia, Douala in Cameroon, Libreville in Gabon and Lusaka in Zambia.

A new daily service to Auckland not only marks Qatar Airways' first route to New Zealand but it will also be the world's longest flight and will be serviced by Boeing 777 aircraft.

His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, said: "Qatar Airways prides itself on being a global connector, and most importantly, providing seamless and convenient connections for our customers, so that we remain their airline of choice. These new destinations are where our customers want to go, and where we see the most opportunity to provide a best-in-class experience at great value. We look forward to growing our network and welcoming new passengers to Qatar Airways."

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Date Created: 15 March 2016

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