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Qatar Airways expands into the hotel sector too

Qatar Airways’ expansion is not only taking place in the sky. The airline has just taken over the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport, which will in future also include the word Oryx in its name, after the animal that is the group’s symbol. Negotiations are currently in progress to purchase three other hotels in North America and the United Kingdom, according to the Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, speaking on Wednesday at his traditional press conference during ITB Berlin 2015. On the same day the company also took delivery of its second Airbus A350, and will acquire seven more of these ultra-modern aircraft before the end of the year. With a fleet that now numbers 147 the network of routes continues to expand. A service will begin in June between Doha and Amsterdam, and Durban in South Africa will be added in December. Three more cities in Pakistan are now being served, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Multan. The number of regular flights to Barcelona, Cape Town, Larnaca, Madrid, Miami and Singapore is being increased. By June at the latest the third and final section of Hamad International Airport in Doha will be opened, boosting passenger capacity from 8,700 to 15,000 per day. Qatar Airways is also making major improvements to on-board entertainment, increasing the number of available movies from 250 to 500, while the TV programmes are being expanded from 700 to 1,500.     Rainer During

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