Qatar Airways set to upgrade Sri Lanka services

Gulf carrier to add larger Boeing 777 on one of three daily flights to Colombo from Jan 1
By Andy Sambidge
Tue 26 Nov 2013 01:31 PM

Qatar Airways on Tuesday announced a significant increase in capacity to Sri Lanka – with one of its triple-daily-flights to capital city - Colombo, expanded from a narrow-bodied Airbus 320 to the airline’s flagship wide-bodied Boeing 777.

Beginning January 1 2014, the larger Boeing 777 will offer flat-bed seats in Business class and a total of 356 seats in Economy and 24 seats in Business Class.

The other two daily flights to the city will be served with the airline’s narrow-body A320 aircraft.

Qatar Airways country manager Sri Lanka, Ajay Jacob, said that the increase in capacity to Colombo will help in strengthening the airline’s position in the Sri Lankan market.

“Colombo remains a popular destination in the carrier’s rising Asia-Pacific network as we currently operate triple-daily-services to this city. The added capacity means travellers to and from Colombo will have greater access and also an increasingly competitive product like the Boeing 777," he said.

Added Jacob: “There are a significant number of Sri Lankan expatriates who are working in Qatar, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Additional seats will enable more passengers to travel with us, for leisure or on business.”

In 2013, Qatar Airways has launched 11 destinations to date – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq), Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), Chengdu (China), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Ta’if (Saudi Arabia) and most recently Clark Manila International Airport (Philippines).

Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Hangzhou, China (December 20), Sharjah and Dubai World Central, both in the UAE (March 1, 2014), Philadelphia, US (April 2, 2014), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28, 2014) and Miami, US (June 10, 2014).

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