Qatar Airways spread its wings into Africa this winter with the launch of scheduled flights to Nairobi. The Kenyan capital is served non-stop five-times-a-week from Doha, the operational hub of award-winning Qatar Airways.
Nairobi, which becomes Qatar Airways’ ninth destination in Africa, is the trading and regional capital of East Africa and gateway to superb holiday offerings such as safaris in the Masi Mara and beach vacations along the Indian Ocean coast of Mombasa.
Qatar Airways operates an Airbus A300-600 in a two-class configuration of 18 seats in Business Class and 232 in Economy on the route as of last November.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the addition of Nairobi strengthened the airline’s operation in Africa, which represents around 15 per cent of its route network.
From wildlife to nightlife, Nairobi is a city that has a fantastic music scene, excellent international restaurants, and a colorful array of shops and markets. Just outside the city is Nairobi National Park, comprising 113 square kilometers of plains, cliffs and forest. The park is home to large herds of zebra, antelope and buffalo, as well as giraffe, rhino, lion and cheetah all living in the wild.
Award-winning Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 40 all-Airbus aircraft, which will almost double within a few years. Qatar Airways announced plans at the Paris Air Show to acquire up to 80 aircraft comprising 60 of the new generation A350s and 20 Boeing 777s worth a total US$15.2 billion.
The airline is one of the launch customers of the twin-deck A380 ‘super jumbos’ with four aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2009 to coincide with the opening of the New Doha International Airport.