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Qatar Airways upgrades KL, Bali routes
September 19th, 2007

by Joe Mortimer

Qatar Airways hopes to attract more passengers to its Doha/Kuala Lumpur/Bali service following the appointment of new aircraft on the route.

The carrier is now using two new aircraft – an A330-200 and an A330-300 – on the route, both of which feature a fully interactive audio and video entertainment system in every seat.

“The change of aircraft from the A300 to the A330-200 and A330-300 will enable us to further increase passenger traffic on the Kuala Lumpur and Bali routes ensuring more convenience and comfort for all our passengers,” said Marwan Koleilat, senior manager commercial operations, Far East and Australasia, Qatar Airways.

“Our Bali flights have performed exceptionally well since we launched the route in March and I am delighted to say that passengers from Europe, Africa, the US and the Middle East travelling on this route will be able to enjoy greater convenience and more seating capacity in this state-of-the-art aircraft.”

The A330-200 features 22 business class seats and 259 in economy, and the A330-300 has 30 business class seats and 275 in economy.

The route was previously operated by an Airbus A300, which is now being phased out of the airline’s young fleet.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the airline operated 28 A330s, forming the majority of its 58-strong fleet of aircraft.

“The A330 has done us proud as a great flying machine offering all passengers the greatest levels of comfort,” he said.

“I am sure our passengers flying to Kuala Lumpur and beyond to Bali will have a whole new in flight experience with a fully interactive entertainment system offering plenty of audio and video options.”

All passengers on the route will now have their own seatback TV screens with a choice of more than 80 movies, 70 TV shows and 16 music channels, as well as more than 300 music CDs.

Qatar Airways operates 10 weekly flights from Doha to the Malaysian capital, four of which continue on from Kuala Lumpur to Bali.

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