DOHA: Qatar Airways (QA) has announced to introduce nearly 40 percent additional capacity to its two South American gateways — Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo — from December 1, when the airline upgrades its aircraft operating on the route from a Boeing 777-200LR to a Boeing 777-300ER.
The upgrade to the ‘Extended Range’ aircraft will provide an additional 99 seats a day from the airline’s hub in Doha to Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, the capital cities of Brazil and Argentina, respectively.
QA’s aircraft operating on the route are Boeing 777-200LR with 259 seats, which will increase to 358.
Commercial passenger traffic from the two cities to QA’s network of over 150 destinations via Doha provides travellers with some of the shortest travel times from South America to destinations such as Bangkok, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beirut, Singapore, Delhi and Maldives, and many other places can be conveniently reached via Doha.
Günter Saurwein, Vice-President for the Americas, QA, said: “Passenger demand from the leisure and business segments has grown consistently since the launch of both routes in June 2010. We are pleased to reinforce our commitment to our passengers and looking forward to increasing QA’s presence in South America.
The region is a strong contributor to our route network and the additional seats will enable leisure and business segments to flourish.
“The dedication to service sets the airline apart and we welcome passengers to experience the genuine hospitality and warmth on-board,” he added.