Qatar Airways Begins Flights To Mozambique’s Capital City

Maputo, Mozambique, November 02 (QNA) – Qatar Airways has launched three weekly services to Mozambique, its latest foray on the African continent and 10th new route of the year, the Doha-based carrier said in a statement.
The services to the country s capital city of Maputo, becomes airline s 19th gateway across the African continent. Qatar Airways said it is the first and only airline from the Middle East flying to Mozambique.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the latest route marked yet another significant milestone for the award-winning airline that has spread its international wings to its 19th gateway in Africa and 10th new route of the year so far. “With the discovery of large reserves of natural gas, Mozambique is today emerging to be one of the fastest growing economies in the region,” he said in statement released today.
“With this in mind, Qatar Airways always looks to open up air travel markets which are underserved   and Mozambique is an example of this.  Mozambique has historic links with Europe, being a former Portuguese colony, so we look forward to flying passengers with family, or business ties to and from Lisbon through our online points in southern Europe.
“Over the past 18 months, we have opened up a number of routes across Africa, including Entebbe in Uganda, Benghazi in Libya, Kigali in Rwanda and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, demonstrating our commitment to serving the African continent with an extensive route network,” added Al Baker.
Qatar Airways is flying its flagship long-haul Boeing 777 aircraft on the Maputo route, featuring 335 seats in a two-class configuration of 42 Business Class seats and 293 in Economy.
The aircraft also features the airline s award-winning entertainment system offering a fully interactive audio and video system of more than 1,000 programmes.
Across Africa, the airline flies to 19 cities   Alexandria, Algiers, Benghazi, Cairo, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Luxor, Casablanca, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Kilimanjaro, Kigali, Lagos, Maputo, Nairobi, Seychelles, Tripoli and Tunis.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 15 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 111 aircraft to 120 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
Over the next few months, Qatar Airways will launch services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Belgrade, Serbia (November 20); Warsaw, Poland (December 5), Gassim, Saudi Arabia (7 January 2013); Najaf, Iraq (January 23); Phnom Penh, Cambodia (February 20); and Chicago, USA (April 10).  (QNA)