Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, will add 5 new routes to its global network in the first four months of this year, taking the tally to 100 cities.
A statement sent to Emirates 24l7 said that new routes by Qatar’s national carrier include four European cities - namely Bucharest, Budapest, Brussels, Stuttgart - and Aleppo (Syria).
The carrier, which currently serves 95 destinations worldwide, will start flying to Bucharest and Budapest on January 17 and Brussels on January 31; while flights to Stuttgart will begin on March 6 and Aleppo on April 6.
Qatar Airways has orders for 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 29 Boeing 777s, eight Airbus A321s and five Airbus A380-800 superjumbos. These orders include options.
The airline’s fleet currently stands at 94 aircraft, flying to 95 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and North and South America. By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve 120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of 120 aircraft.
Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar al-Baker recently said in an interview that the airline is set to launch an initial public offering (IPO) in early 2012 after achieving profitability.
"We have always said we will go in for an IPO once we register three consecutive years of profit," Baker said in the interview.