One of the most significant developments in efforts to build Bali's tourism takes place on Sunday, March 25, 2007 with the touchdown of Qatar Airways Flight QR624 at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport.
On that date, Qatar Airways (QR) luxurious Airbus A300-600 will disembarked up to 250 passengers flying to Bali from QR's network of 72 destinations worldwide via the airlines state-of-the-art hub and headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
The Bali Schedule
While the Airline's complete schedule and on-line booking system are available at [Qatar Airways’ Website], details of its inaugural four flights a week service to Bali are:
Denpasar (Bali) to Doha
• Mondays – QR624 departs Bali at 03:35 a.m. arriving in Doha the same day at 10:05 a.m. with an intermediate stop in Kuala Lumpur.
• Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays - QR624 departs Bali at 00:05 hours arriving in Doha the same day at 06:30 hours with an intermediate stop in Kuala Lumpur.
Doha to Denpasar (Bali)
• Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays QR624 departs Doha at 23:20 hours arriving in Bali the following day at 16:05 hours with an intermediate stop in Kuala Lumpur.
Note: All times listed are local times. Schedule subject to change.
A Special Welcoming Week
Among the special activities planned to mark the commencement of service by Qatar Airways to Bali are:
• A special welcome for Qatar Airway's second flight on March 28, 2007 which is scheduled to bring the Airline's Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker to Bali.
• A special welcoming ceremony at the Airport on March 28, 2007.
• A gala welcoming party on the evening of Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at a local hotel in Bali hosted by the airline for VIPs, press, the Bali travel industry and other dignitaries.
• A mid-day press conference led by Akbar Al Baker on mid-day on Thursday, March 29, 2007.
Warm Welcome from Bali's Government
Bali's Governor, Dewa Made Beratha, has enthusiastically welcomed Qatar Airways new service to Bali, saying: "I am pleased with the (coming) March operations of Qatar Airways. This airline will help Bali bring in tourists from Europe and the Middle East to Bali."
Meanwhile, Bali's Chief of Tourism, Gede Nurjaya, has echoed the Governor's statement by pointing out that Qatar Airways can be expected to carry more than 3,000 tourists each month to Bali.
More on Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways is one of only four airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways' cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fourth year running in 2006 and second best worldwide following a survey of more than 12 million passengers worldwide.
The airline's fleet will more than double in size over the next 10 years to 110 aircraft. Qatar Airways plans to acquire 60 Airbus A350s and 22 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter beginning in November 2007.
The airline is also a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 'super jumbos' with four aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2009 to coincide with the opening of the New Doha International Airport.
Shown on balidiscovery.com is Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways.
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