Qatar Airways will be adding more destinations to their existing routes come 2012 with focus on Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Australia further increasing the span of their growing international network.
The company will be be bringing passengers to Perth in Australia, Zagreb in Croatia, Gassim in Saudi Arabia, Helsinki in Finland, and Kigali, Zanzibar, and Mombasa in East Africa.
The new destinations will kick off over the first few months of 2012 from the hub of the airline in Doha, Qatar. The new routes will be in addition to the earlier announced cities of Tbilisi in Georgia and Baku in Azerbajian that will be launched by February.
The expansion plan is part of the original vision of Qatar to be truly a global airline with a very wide network covering major leisure and business destinations across the globe, and also underserved networks where other airlines do not go to.
It a sad a frightening affair when one of Qatar Airways’ pilots dies while flying from the Philippines to Doha, Qatar. The flight had to be diverted for an emergency landing to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia so another pilot and crew could replace the pilot who passed away. Qatar Airways remains silent about the pilot’s cause of death, and gave no hint that the passengers were ever in any danger.
This happened last Wednesday, aboard Qatar Airways flight 645. The plane left Malaysia in no more than 2 hours and immediately headed to Doha. The landing in Malaysia was timed at 11:35 AM. When asked about the incident, Qatar airlines only assured us that their primary concern is still the safety and comfort of their passengers.
Nowadays, air travel is isn’t as exclusive as it used to be. It’s become so common and affordable that sometimes it just like riding a bus only in high altitude. Competition is on for carriers who can give the most discounts and best routes. With practically a smorgasboard of airlines to choose from, it can be quite confusing in keeping up to date with new route announcements. Here are a couple of new service routes from airlines that might help you in planning your next trip.
Starting July 15, Taca Airlines will start shuttling passengers from San Jose to Medellin, Colombia. The airline which is based in the city of San Salvador will be offering these flights to passengers twice a week. However, passengers in New York can also board Taca Airlines when they open their New York-Medellin route on July 17; these will make a connection in San Jose city in Costa Rica.