The ‘weight’ is over for Qatar Airways passengers
Carrier revises its baggage allowance.
August 21, 2013 6:28 by kippreport
Doha-based Qatar Airways has revised its current baggage allowance in light of its rapidly broadening network.
Passengers of Qatar Airways worldwide will enjoy an enhanced baggage allowance with additional baggage weight per person starting from September 1, 2013.
Economy class weight allowance will rise to 30kg from 23kg, business class to 40kg from 30kg and first class to 50kg from 40kg. The number of bags remains the same and is still determined by the type of ticket purchased.
However, the increased weight allowance does not apply when travelling to points that are regulated by per piece allowance.
Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO, says: “The number of customers we see travelling for longer periods of time, whether for business or on holiday, reflects the necessity for increased baggage allowance, no matter their destination.”
Passengers who have travelled before September 1 will be able to avail the increased baggage allowance if their return flight falls on September 1 or later. The carrier will also publish increased excess baggage rates in September and passengers will be able to purchase them at discounted rates of up to 20 per cent online.
The airline has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operation and currently flies a fleet of 129 aircraft across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas. It has also been the recipient of the Skytrax ‘Airline of the Year’ Award in 2011 and 2012.
Today, Qatar Airways also launched flights to its fifth destination in the Republic of Iraq, Sulaymaniyah, increasing the airline’s frequency across Iraq from 16 to 20 flights each week.
So far this year, Qatar Airways has launched six new destinations – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq) and now Sulaymaniyah (Iraq) – and has also recently increased its flight frequency to Nairobi, Kenya.
Phyllis Kandie, Kenya’s East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism cabinet secretary, says: “From a business perspective, it will give increased passenger capacity, which will positively contribute towards the economic growth of our country.”
Qatar Airways currently has orders worth more than US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and the A320 family of aircraft. Having been invited into the oneworld group, Qatar Airways will also become the first of the major Gulf carriers to join a global alliance.