The Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker said that the award-winning airline will increase its services to around 220 destinations by 2022 from the current count of over 164 destinations. The airlines will totally provide its services to 250 destinations by 2022 by adding the expansion for its new destinations for its air cargo.
By adding new destinations and purchasing new aircraft, Qatar Airways will continue its expansion plans. He received a specially-branded Boeing 777 aircraft painted in FIFA livery, which is ahead of the tournament’s Semi-Final and Final match.
He also added, “Qatar Airways will continue its march ahead; we will continue expanding and continue purchasing new airplanes to fulfill our need for network expansion not only for us but also helping our partners in which we have invested to also keep on expanding the network and providing them the capacity they require.”
Recently, the airline had announced upcoming new global destinations, including:
- It will start direct service to Luxembourg.
- Other new destinations to be launched by the airline include Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Cebu and Davao, Philippines; Langkawi, Malaysia; and Da Nang, Vietnam.
Al Baker said, “By bringing this unique, one-of-a-kind aircraft to Moscow, we are tremendously excited to celebrate our passengers’ love for football. We are also proud to unite football fans from around the world in Russia in our Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA to experience the FIFA World Cup. This beautiful aircraft further cements our commitment to our important partnership with FIFA.”
In December 2017, Qatar Airways launched daily services to the cultural capital of Russia, St. Petersburg, doubling the number of Russian routes operated by the carrier.
Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, COO at HIA, stated: “As we prepare for the 2022 World Cup, we are thrilled to witness our national carrier celebrate the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with this truly unique and spectacular aircraft. This moment encapsulates the spirit of the FIFA World Cup, celebrating football, art, and culture on an international scale”.