By Andy Sambidge
Gulf carrier says capacity will rise from 28 to 35 flights per week from March 25 2012
Qatar Airways said on Wednesday it is to introduce a fifth daily flight between Doha and London Heathrow from March 25 next year.
The additional service on the popular route takes capacity up from 28 to 35 flights each week, the carrier said in a statement.
Qatar Airways' flagship Boeing 777 long-haul aircraft will be deployed on the new service with a capacity of 42 seats in Business Class featuring lie-flat beds, and 217 seats in Economy, it added.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said the additional capacity reflected the growing importance of London to the airline's international operations.
He added that it would also help meet demand for the Olympics taking place in the British capital next summer.
He said: "London has been one of our best-performing routes and it was only a matter of time before we could look at increasing frequency to meet the high demand.
"With the global spotlight also turning on London for next summer's Olympics, we look forward to facilitating travel for sports lovers to what promises to be a great spectacle."
Richard Oliver, Qatar Airways country manager UK & Ireland, added: "The extra flight is welcome news, appealing to both the business and leisure travel community, giving them greater options to plan their travel arrangements."
Qatar Airways currently operates scheduled flights to 110 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America with a modern fleet of 102 aircraft.
Emirates Airline said last week it would ramp up its A380 flights into London Heathrow to three a day from 2012 as it moves to snare a bigger share of the lucrative long-haul market.
The biggest international airline said three of its five daily flights into the London hub would be served by the double-decker jumbo from Jan 24, adding capacity to one of its busiest routes.