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Qatar Airways celebrates new route to Addis Ababa with community initiative

September 28, 2013 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Qatar Airways celebrated the launch of its new route to Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, by providing school uniforms and books for school-age children participating in the Our Father’s Kitchen programme.

Our Father’s Kitchen is a feeding programme which provides daily meals for approximately 216 underprivileged children in three9873165206_b1bf9151fa different neighbourhoods of the Addis Ababa community.

“At Qatar Airways we have a strong sense of corporate social responsibility and that is why we always endeavour to lend a helping hand in the communities that we serve in,” said Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways.

“Ethiopia is one of the driving forces behind the change which is taking place in the African economy, hence why opening up a new route to Addis Ababa makes a great deal of business sense,” said Al Baker.  “However, if we are going to do business here it is important to us that we become an active member of the community. Partnering with ‘Our Father’s Kitchen’ will enable us to make a difference, even if in a small way.”

Home to the African Union and the second most populous country in the continent, Ethiopia is often called the political capital of Africa due to its historical, cultural and political significance.

There is a growing Ethiopian population living and working in Qatar and the Middle East. There is also a significant diaspora of Ethiopians in the U.S., expecting to benefit from the new Doha –Addis Ababa service and contribute strong business and leisure traffic within Qatar Airways’ network.

With three-flights-a-week on the route, Qatar Airways offers an excellent alternative gateway with great connections via Doha to an exciting range of business and leisure destinations across North and South America, Middle East, Europe and Asia Pacific. Popular destinations include Washington DC, New York, Houston, Chicago, Montreal, London and Dubai.

9873273323_b5c2dc0d33The Doha – Addis Ababa route is served with an Airbus A320 featuring up to 12 seats in Business Class and up to 132 seats in Economy. The aircraft offers seatback TV screens providing all passengers with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system featuring a choice of more than 800 audio and video on demand options.

“Passenger demand prompted this new route and I am excited that we are able to bring our award-winning Five Star service to Ethiopia for the first time.

“I am confident Addis Ababa will be just as successful as our other destinations in Africa and this will further strengthen our position across the Continent”, added Al Baker.

Flight schedules, between Addis Ababa and Doha, are as follows:

DOHA – ADDIS ABABA:  3-times-a-week, effective September 18, 2013

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

QR530 Depart Doha at 2215 hrs, arrive Addis Ababa at 0140 hrs next day9873270943_120d7de28a

ADDIS ABABA – DOHA: 3-times-a-week, effective September 19, 2013.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

QR531 Depart Addis Ababa at 0250 hrs, arrive Doha at 0615 hrs

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 131 key business and leisure destinations worldwide.

Apart from Addis Ababa, Qatar Airways has so far launched eight destinations this year –Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq), Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), Chengdu (China).

Over the next few months, the network will expand with the addition of further destinations–Ta’if, Saudi Arabia (October 2), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014).

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