Qatar Airways has announced its intention to launch new flights to Australia and increase its flight network in India and Europe.
The plans, which form part of the airline’s northern winter 2009 schedules, involve the introduction of flights to Sydney and Melbourne and services to Goa and Amritsar in India.
Furthermore, Qatar Airways will be looking to launch two new European flights during the next nine months.
Akbar Al Baker, the airline’s chief executive, said that the current economic downturn would not affect the carrier’s expansion plans.
"We can finally look forward to entering the Australian market with vigour as we will have the aircraft to serve this highly popular market non-stop from Doha," he said.
Mr Al Baker added that he was "pleased" to be expanding into India, saying that establishing air links between Qatar and one of the world’s fastest growing economies is "of paramount importance".
Qatar Airways announced last month that it would reduce its fuel surcharges on flights in its international network.