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  February 9th, 2016 | Written by

Qatar Airways Starts 2016 with Significant Expansion Across Eastern Europe

Initiates or Increases Flights From Doha to Belgrade, Zagreb, Budapest, and Baku

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  • Qatar Airways announced new direct flights from Doha to Belgrade.
  • Qatar Airways Zagreb and Budapest service go to 10 flights per week.
  • Qatar Airways Baku flights increase from one daily to 11 per week.

Qatar Airways is starting 2016 with an expansion program across Eastern Europe, enabling passengers to benefit from a wide range of additional flight options via Doha’s Hamad International Airport.

The further expansion into Eastern Europe adds a further level of choice for passengers travelling between Croatia, Hungary, and Azerbaijan and anywhere in the airline’s global network. Flights to Zagreb and Budapest are increasing to a 10-weekly service from a current daily service from April 3 and July 3 respectively, while flights to Baku are increasing to an 11-weekly service, also from a current daily scheduled flight, beginning March 27.

Qatar Airways is also launching new direct flights from Doha to Belgrade on March 16, a destination currently served by the airline via Sofia, improving the journey time to and from the capital of Serbia on the four-weekly schedule.

“Qatar Airways is expanding rapidly, not only in terms of new places and our network offering, but also with the service we offer,” said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive. “Complementing our service in the skies are our transfer facilities at the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport, coupled with the experience of flying on board one of the youngest fleets in the industry.”

In response to increasing demand, one of the airline’s double-daily services to Moscow Domodedovo International Airport is currently served with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers 122 more seats per departure than the A320 aircraft previously used for this flight. The Qatar Airways Boeing 787 has 254 seats in total: 22 Business Class seats with a 1-2-1 configuration, and 232 Economy Class seats with a 3-3-3 configuration. All seats in Business Class recline at 180 degrees, turning into a fully flat bed.

Meanwhile flights to Warsaw will be upgraded to the Airbus A330 aircraft from 1 July this year, increasing seat capacity on the daily scheduled service from Doha. The Airbus A320 currently serves Warsaw and the second daily frequency service to Moscow.

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