Qatar Airways achieved a successful 2016 following continued growth bolstered by the acquisition of 19 new aircraft and the launch of flights to 14 new destinations.
The Qatar flag carrier celebrated its strong financial performance after finishing the 2016 fiscal year with an operating profit of more than QAR 3 billion- the best yet for the Qatar Airways Group.
Last year, the airline inaugurated 14 new destinations across its global network and welcomed 19 new aircraft bringing its total fleet to 192 as well as placing a record aircraft order to power future growth.
The national carrier has made a number of strategic investments in other airlines and airline groups, while investing heavily in the continued evolution of its own passenger experience.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Akbar Al Baker, said: “I am proud of the success that the airline has achieved together with our employees and partners in 2016.”
“I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all staff for their discipline and tireless pursuit for excellence. I also extend my gratitude to our loyal passengers for their continued support.”
He added: “Our passengers will see a continuation of our commitment to providing best travel experiences in 2017.
“2016 was truly an exceptional year, as we turn to 2017 to celebrate Qatar Airways’ 20th Anniversary.”
The airline received a number of awards throughout 2016, confirming it as one of the world’s leading carriers for business and leisure travel.
Currently, Qatar Airways operates a fleet of 13 A350s, the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world, serving destinations including London, Boston and Adelaide.
The carrier continued with its fleet expansion programme, by placing a record order of $11.7 billion for 30 B787-9 Dreamliners and 10 777-300ERs as well as signing a letter of intent for up to 60 737 Max 8s valued at $6.9 billion.
The landmark order, combined with previous orders results in a total of 350 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to be delivered to the airline over the coming years valued at more than $90 billion.