Qatar Airways’ 2012 expansion plan is in progress after the carrier launched scheduled daily flights to Tbilisi, Georgia via Baku, Azerbaijan. This crucial step of the airline will help in boosting tourism to the South East European country, Georgia.

Qatar Airways has launched scheduled flights to Tbilisi, Georgia via Baku, Azerbaijan and is now all set to kick start its new 2012 expansion programme.

Akbar Al Baker, the chief executive of Qatar Airways escorted a high-profile delegation on the Baku and Tbilisi inaugural flight QR976 that was attended by guests like Eldar Salimov, ambassador of Azerbaijan to Qatar; Ekaterine Meiering-Mikadze, ambassador of Georgia to Qatar; and Abdul Razzaq Al Abdul Ghani, ambassador of Qatar to Turkey and Georgia.

As per the Internet sources, Al Baker while addressing guests at the ceremony, said that Azerbaijan’s mounting tourism sector and energy resources were main factors that led the airline decide to initiate operations there.

He said: “We assessed Azerbaijan as a destination with great potential that would create a new air corridor providing wider choices for both leisure and business travelers”. “Azerbaijan’s rich energy resources offer great business opportunities, and a landscape that provides a good base for family and independent tourism.”

“As well as enabling visitors from around the world to visit Baku, we also look forward to providing Azerbaijanis with the opportunity to fly to global destinations on Qatar Airways via our Doha hub,” he was further quoted.

The Flight QR976 was greeted with a pleasant ceremony upon arriving at its final destination, Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi.

On arriving at Tbilisi, Al Baker said Georgia was an extremely underserved part of Europe, which propelled the airline to think of opening up the route.

Al Baker added: “Tbilisi becomes Qatar Airways’ 112th destination worldwide and it gives me great pleasure to celebrate our arrival here.

“We sincerely look forward to growing this route with additional capacity in the future and we look forward to welcoming more destinations into our ever increasing European network,” said Al Baker.

Qatar Airways is planning to operate a two-class configuration aircraft using an Airbus A320 on the route. This aircraft will feature 12 seats in Business Class and up to 132 seats in Economy and will be highly fruitful for those seeking relatively cheap flights tickets with Qatar Airways to travel to the popular holiday destination, Tbilisi via Baku.

Irrespective of the booking class, travellers will be treated to a range services onboard the aircraft. Be it economy class travellers with comparatively cheap flights tickets or business class passengers, Airbus A320 will provide TVs with a choice of over 900 audios and videos on demand to all its passengers.

After launching seven new routes across Europe last year, the addition of two more cities in South Eastern Europe further expands Qatar Airways’ network in the continent.

Currently Qatar Airways is serving many destinations across Europe including Ankara, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Venice, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London Heathrow and Madrid.

Doha International Airport based Qatar Airways is a five-star airline and winner of the coveted Skytrax Airline of the Year Award, 2011. The airline connects to over 100 international destinations and provides frequent flights to Dubai, Melbourne, Muscat, Kuwait, Entebbe, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Goa and many other intercontinental destinations.

In its 2012 expansion programme, Qatar Airways will roll out flights to seven new destinations including Kigali (Rwanda) from March 21; Zagreb (Croatia) from May 9; Perth (Australia) from July 3; with dates yet to be announced for other new routes – Mombasa (Kenya), Zanzibar (Tanzania), Helsinki (Finland), and Gassim (Saudi Arabia).

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