Qatar Airways once again stole the limelight on the opening day of ITB Berlin, the world’s largest international travel fair, as Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker announced the airline’s expansion plans and 16 new destinations for 2018 – 2019.

The award-winning airline also unveiled a brand new interactive exhibition stand led by Al Baker and attended by the Qatari Ambassador to Germany, HE Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, as well as a host of international media and VIP.

Al Baker announced several new global destinations for the airline in line with its expedited expansion plans. Qatar Airways will be the first Gulf carrier to begin direct service to Luxembourg. Other exciting new destinations to be launched include London Gatwick and Cardiff in the United Kingdom; Lisbon, Portugal; Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Cebu and Davao, Philippines; Langkawi, Malaysia; Da Nang, Vietnam; Bodrum, Antalya and Hatay, Turkey; Mykonos and Thessaloniki, Greece; and Málaga, Spain.

In addition, services to Warsaw, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Prague and Kiev will increase to a double daily frequency, while services to Madrid, Barcelona and the Maldives will increase to triple daily.

Brand-new Exhibition Stand

QR ITB 2018The brand-new exhibition stand unveiled at the ceremony was designed using the concept of ‘augmented reality’. The new stand features a full 360 digital screen wrapping around the entire stand showcasing the signature Qatar Airways five-star journey, while in-flight entertainment experiences allow guests to place themselves virtually into one of the airline’s Business Class seats, complemented, of course, by a full-size display of the airline’s patented, award-winning ‘First in Business Class’ concept, ‘Qsuite’.

Further developments for the upcoming year were discussed, including additions to the airline’s sporting sponsorship portfolio. Qatar Airways is already the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia,™ the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ and the FIFA Club World Cup™, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA). Just last month, the airline welcomed the Airbus A350-1000, for which it is the global launch customer.

Qatar Airways welcomes all guests at ITB this week to visit its new exhibition pavilion at the trade fair. This year reveals a completely redesigned exhibition stand in Hall 2.2, stand 207 and 208 until Sunday, 11 March. Guests and visitors to ITB Berlin are invited to relax in the award-winning Qsuite, of which there is a full display at the exhibition.

Visit the ITB Berlin homepage for more information.