Qatar Airways outlines 2018 highlights including fleet, network and cargo growth

    Qatar Airways reported (31-Dec-2018) the following highlights of 2018:

    • Became the launch customer of the A350-1000 in Feb-2018 and received 25 additional aircraft, expanding its fleet to 226 aircraft. The airline also converted orders for five A350-900s to A350-1000s;
    • Commenced year round Canberra, Cardiff, Da Nang, Gothenburg, Mombasa and Thessaloniki services and seasonal Antalya, Bodrum, Málaga and Mykonos services;
    • Increased frequency to destinations including Amman, Bangkok, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Hanoi, Helsinki, Ho Chi Minh City, Madrid, the Maldives, Manchester, Milan, Montreal, Muscat, Oslo, Phuket, Rome, Vienna and Zurich;
    • Introduced the ‘Qsuite’ business class cabin to destinations including Bengaluru, Canberra, Chicago, Houston, Mumbai, São Paulo, Shanghai and Sydney;
    • Cargo volumes increased 10.6% year-on-year in “a highly successful year”. The airline commenced trans Pacific cargo services from Macau to Los Angeles and Mexico City.

    Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “Our achievements in 2018 prove that Qatar Airways has not wavered from its strategy and vision of constant growth and development”.