Fastest growing airline in the Middle East
Qatar Airways, the national carrier for the State of Qatar was established in 1994 and has been restructured in 1997 with a whole new corporate identity. Today, Qatar Airways is the fastest growing airline in the Middle East and has developed other ventures to complement its major objectives such as Qatar Holidays, Qatar Duty Free Shops, Qatar Aircraft Catering Company and Ground Handling Company at Doha International Airport.

The airline has embarked on an ambitious expansion plan that aims to double its fleet from the current 14 to 30 in the next three years and to increase the number of destinations from 34 to 50 by 2004. Last year, an order was placed for four Airbus A330-200s, two Super Jumbo Airbus A380 and ten Airbus A320, with an option to buy three Airbus A330-200s and two Airbus A380.

In Europe, Qatar Airways operates to London - Heathrow, Munich, Paris, Frankfurt and Milan. The Middle Eastern network covers Abu Dhabi, Amman, Bahrain, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Damacus, Damman, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Khartoum, Kuwait, Muscat, Riyadh and Sanaa. Major cities such as Colombo, Karachi, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Lahore, Peshawar, Trivandrum, Male and Mumbai are also served in the Indian sub continent region, while Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Manila are the far eastern hubs of the airline.

Qatar Airways expands in Europe
Effective mid June, Qatar Airways commenced operations to Frankfurt and Milan further strengthening its operations into Europe. With their close airline partners, Qatar Airways offers convenient connections to all major cities in Europe via the airline's gateway points; Munich, Paris, London, Milan and Frankfurt.

The current flight schedule between Doha and London is maintained at eleven frequencies which offers immediate connections in and out of Colombo. Attractive tour packages such as City Tours, Dune Safaris, Dhow Cruises, Heritage Tours and Inland Sea Desert Safaris are also available at surprisingly affordable prices, for passengers wishing to stay over in Doha.

Qatar Airways is represented in Sri Lanka by Delmege Forsyth Tours (Pvt) Limited (an associate company of the Delmege Group).

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