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Qatar Airways Ltd., the state-owned carrier that has more than 200 Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS planes on order, will add six routes to Australian and Indian cities next winter and raise the frequency on other routes at the end of this month.

The new routes will connect Doha, where the airline is based, with Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, and Goa and Amritsar in India, the company said today at a news conference at the International Tourism Fair in Berlin. The airline will also increase the number of flights to Geneva; Manila; Lagos, Nigeria; Algiers, Algeria; and Muscat, Oman.

“Qatar Airways’ robust expansion is continuing undeterred by the current economic climate,” Chief Executive Officer Akbar al Baker said at the news conference. The airline will add two routes to European cities in the months ahead, he said.

The CEO also said the airline wants to be 100 percent state- owned before it holds an initial public offering. Qatari individuals hold 15 percent of the carrier, he said.


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