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Qatar Airways expands African network with flights to Kilimanjaro

Qatar Airways has expanded its services in Africa with the launch of daily flights to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

The new service, which operates via Dar es Salaam, has increased Qatar Airways' network to 118 destinations.

Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar al Baker said that Africa had been under the radar of the company's planning team as the region was highly underserved with a lack of international air services.

"Kilimanjaro signifies the importance Qatar Airways places in looking at airports around the world where capacity is limited, yet passenger demand is strong," he said.

"Kilimanjaro is an established tourist centre and is also fast emerging as a growing economic centre, thanks to its abundant wildlife, natural scenic beauty and natural resources."

Qatar Airways now operates 49 flights each week across four East African countries. The Doha-Kilimanjaro route is operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft in a two-class configuration of 12 business class seats 132 economy class seats.

The airline will also launch scheduled flights to Maputo in Mozambique, operating thrice-weekly from Doha via Johannesburg on October 31, 2012.