Qatar Airways will enter the Eastern European market with a Doha-Budapest route, with a stop in Bucharest’s Otopeni airport. Flights will operate from January 17, 2011.
“Budapest, Bucharest, Brussels, Nice, Hanoi and Phuket are underserved markets so these are excellent opportunities for us to tap into,” said Qatar Airways’ CEO, Akbar Al Baker.
The firm’s entry into Eastern Europe next year will see four flights a week operate between its hub and the Romanian capital. Services will continue on to Budapest, the Hungarian capital.
By 2013, the Arabian airline aims to serve 120 worldwide destinations, with the aid of a fleet of 120 modern airplanes. Presently, the company’s fleet consists of 84 aircrafts flying to 90 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Pacific area and North America.
Qatar Airways has orders for 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007.
The airline is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’.