The airline announced the addition of Brussels International to its roster at a press conference at the upscale Conrad Brussels Hotel today (February 1). The addition of Brussels to their network make the city its 24th European destination.
The Brussels–Doha route, launched yesterday, will operate five flights per week. The airline will fly Airbus A330s that have 30 business class seats and 275 seats in economy.
“Qatar Airways has in recent months concentrated on growing its European network by boosting capacity and frequency, as well as establishing new routes to underserved cities,” said Qatar’s chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker. “The importance of flying to cities across Europe cannot be understated. It remains a highly important part of the world where we have seen other airlines withdraw capacity.”
The flight operation has a five-star ranking for service and excellence, which as awarded by the Skytrax airline industry monitor. The airline says it concentrates on comfort, cuisine, and in-flight entertainment and boosts an award-winning in-flight service and fleet of aircraft that averages less than four years old.
Qatar was voted the third best airline in the world in the annual 2010 Skytrax survey of 18 million international passengers and says it has ambitions to improve on this rating. It was also voted as having the best business class service and catering in the world, in addition to being named the best airline in the Middle East for the fifth consecutive year.
“Qatar Airways is a young and vibrant airline and it has been expanding at a pace that creates unease among our competitors. There should be an operating environment where competitors ought not be afraid of each other and not feel threatened,” said Al Baker.