Qatar Airways have begun the New Year with a myriad of new route announcements to Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Greece and the UK. Qatar Airways began a new service to Vietnam’s Hanoi on 1st January and will fly to Pattaya, Thailand, from 28th January; Penang, Malaysia from 6th Feburary: Canberra, Australia, from 12th February; Thessalonki, Greece from 28th March; and Cardiff, Wales from 1st May. There are also plans to increase capacity to Perth, Australia, from 1st May with the introduction of the flagship A380 on the route.

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways said “We remain committed to expanding our global network, and to taking our passengers anywhere in the world they wish to go. After twenty years of service, we vow to never rest on our achievements, but rather to focus on how we can continue to innovate, and to deliver an exceptional five-star experience to every one of our passengers, no matter what class they travel.

Qatar Airways ended 2017 with 11 new destinations added to its network; Nice, France; Dublin, Ireland; Skopje; Sohar, Oman; Kyiv, Ukraine; Prague, Czech Republic, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Adana, Turkey; Chiang Mai, Thailand and St. Petersburg, Russia, and the world’s longest flight, Doha-Auckland. Plus, frequency was added to Qatar's routes to Colombia, Sri Lanka; Moscow, Russia; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Warsaw; Poland and Helsinki, Finland.

Qatar also launched the highly anticipated and revolutionary new Business Class experience, QSuite, in March and is now flying the product to London, Paris and New York with Washington to follow soon. The customizable Business Class private suites introduced a host of firsts to Premium Class travel including the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, reshaping expectations for global business travellers.