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 New Routes Include Alexandria, Egypt and Athens, Greece

Since re-launching its service in 1997, Qatar Airways has continued to rapidly expand its routes and service in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. A new Alexandria, Egypt route follows the success of Cairo and Luxor flights, and a brand-new Athens, Greece flight adds yet another stop to Qatar Airways' growing list of destinations.


Beginning June 9, 2005, Qatar Airways took its award-winning Five Star service to Alexandria, Egypt. Non-stop flights depart three times a week from the airline's operational hub of Doha, capital of the State of Qatar.

CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, expressed his delight at the expansion of services in Egypt, noting that the Alexandria route demonstrated Qatar Airways' commitment to the Egyptian market.

One of the oldest cities in Egypt, Alexandria becomes the third Egyptian point to be served from Doha, following the successful launches of Egypt service to Cairo and Luxor. Known as the 'Pearl of the Mediterranean', Alexandria is Egypt's second-largest city and main port. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria has an ambience and cultural heritage far different to the rest of Egypt, which has more of a Middle East flavour.

The route is operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in First Class and 132 in Economy. To celebrate the new routes, Qatar Airways is offering members of its Privilege Club frequent flyer program with double Qmiles for the first full month of the flights. In addition, as part of its new Egyptian service, Qatar Airways is offering members of the Privilege Club complimentary coach transfer service for passengers between Alexandria and Cairo.


Effective June 16, 2005, Qatar Airways has added the historical and cultural capital of Athens, Greece to its ever-growing list of global destinations. The Athens route is the 65th route added to the award-winning airline's array of flights. This route is the third launch this month, following the start of new flights to Mashad, Iran and Alexandria, Egypt.


The airline is operating six flights a week to Athens from Doha, Qatar's capital and the airline's home base. The Athens route will be served by an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy. To celebrate the route launch, members of the Privilege Club frequent flyer program will be rewarded with double Qmiles for the first full month of the new Athens flights.

 Award-winning Qatar Airways is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world to 60 destinations in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian sub-continent and Asia. The airline, based in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, operates a fleet of 39 modern all-Airbus aircraft. The airline is one of only three in the world to be awarded a Five Star ranking by Skytrax &endash;  the independent aviation industry monitoring agency &endash; for high service standards and quality.

 For more information about the airline, please visit For more information about the Privilege Club frequent flyer program, visit  Qatar Airways maintains an office in Toronto, Canada, which can be contacted at: Tel. (416) 290-0999 / toll-free 1-888-366-5666, or by email at     


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TORONTO - Children travelling on Qatar Airways will now be able to enjoy tasty children's meals and a new range of toys, as part of the airline's five-star commitment to cater to the needs of even the smallest of its passengers.

"It's important to Qatar Airways that we look after the needs of every passenger, including infants and children," said John Hogan, Vice President-North America, Qatar Airways. "Families represent a significant segment of our clientele, particularly from Canada. Providing our younger passengers with a comfortable and fun in-flight experience is essential, especially on the longer flights."

While the stylish Ollie Oryx daypack remains the same, children will now be able to enjoy a new range of complimentary gifts and activities inside the bag.

Children travelling on any Qatar Airways flight now receive a scrapbook, colouring pencils, sunglasses, a wallet, game sets, and a drinking bottle. Children under 3 years of age will receive a tremble aircraft toy.

Qatar Airways has also introduced a fun new children's meal kit. The new children's meal will be presented in a complimentary school lunch box, which will contain a hot meal, a pastry, chips, a chocolate bar, juice, a bread roll and butter and a Gumy bottle.

Children travelling on the new A330s can also play a range of video games that will entertain them on longer haul flights.

Children can choose from a range of video games like Magma Zone to Gobble Snake. Older children can also test their knowledge in Who Wants to be a Millionaire and the In- flight Trivia Challenge.

The new Qatar Airways Waves in-flight entertainment system also offers children a range of cartoons, music clips, a special children's channel with fun stories, and the chance to create their own personal music play lists.

Based in Doha, Qatar Airways began operations in 1994 and today is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world.  Currently, Qatar Airways flies to 53 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the Far East and plans to build its route network to 70 destinations by the end of 2005.

For more information, visit The toll-free number available across Canada is: 1-888-366-5666.