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QA announces new Indian route

Qatar Airways launched its seventh Indian service on Monday after introducing flights to Nagpur.

Qatar Airways launched its seventh Indian service on Monday after introducing flights to Nagpur.

The Abu Dhabi-based carrier will provide twice-weekly flights from Doha to Nagpur using Airbus A320s. Each plane is equipped with 12 business class seats and 132 economy.

To commemorate the new service, Qatar Airways' CEO Akbar Al Baker attended a welcome ceremony after flight QR288 touched down in the city. Praful Patel, India's civil aviation minister, was also present.

On arrival, Al Baker said Nagpur would prove a solid addition to Qatar Airway's services across India.

He added: "Following on from our highly successful daily Mumbai flights, Nagpur will become Qatar Airways' second gateway city in Maharashtra, giving our passengers greater choice.

"From Europe, Middle East, Africa and North America, Nagpurians have an ample number of cities on these continents to choose from and I look forward to welcoming our new passengers."

Nagpur, which is located in Maharashtra, has more than two million residents. It is one of India's largest inland container transport hubs and boasts a strong farming industry.

Aside from Nagpur, Qatar Airways also flies to six other Indian cities. They are Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Trivandrum, Cochin and Hyderabad.

An eighth Indian destination will be added on December 12 when Qatar Airways launches flights to Ahmedabad. The new route will increase the airline's weekly services between Doha and India to 51.

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