By Neil Halligan
Airline CEO Akbar Al Baker says network expansion will be a record for any carrier in the world
Qatar Airways has announced plans to fly to 26 new destinations this financial year, described by its CEO as a record for any carrier in the world.
The Doha-based airline will launch flights to another 12 cities by March 2018 in addition to the 14 already announced to be started in 2017.
Akbar Al Baker said routes to Cardiff, Thailand, Lisbon, Malaga, Lemnos (Greece, on a seasonal basis), Chittagong (Bangladesh), Accra (Ghana), Ivory Coast, Prague, Kiev and Mombassa (Kenya) will join the ever growing global network.
On taking delivery of the delayed Airbus A350, he added: "Hopefully, as promised, they (Airbus) deliver the aircraft to us earlier, the destinations that we have mentioned for 2018 will be shifted to 2017.
"We are short of nearly 11 aircraft which have been delayed, and if those 11 were delivered, all those 26 destinations will be fulfilled before the end of the Qatar Airways financial year, which is March 2018."