Qatar Airways will launch service to three new destinations in the USA, Africa and Asia from later this year, and increase capacity on its routes to Pakistan from June.
The Doha-based carrier will add Addis Ababa to its network from 18 September, and Manila Clark International airport from 28 October. From 1 March 2014, the airline will begin flights to Philadelphia.
A Qatar Airways spokesperson says there are no details available yet on flight frequencies on the three new routes.
Addis Ababa will be the airline's 20th destination in Africa, while Philadelphia will be the fifth US city in the carrier's network. It already serves New York, Washington DC, Houston and Chicago.
The airline's chief executive Akbar Al Baker cites codeshare agreements with American Airlines and JetBlue as the impetus behind adding Philadelphia to its network. American Airlines is in the process of merging with US Airways, which has a hub in Philadelphia.
"Philadelphia is one of the major hubs of the soon-to-be-merged American Airlines / US Airways and will provide Qatar Airways' customers with onward connections to over 100 cities. With the implementation of code share agreements with American Airlines and JetBlue which offer numerous connections beyond our US gateways, Qatar Airways is making big strides to strengthen its presence in the United States to ultimately give our passengers greater travel options," says Al Baker.
Qatar Airways is in the process of joining Oneworld, which counts American Airlines among its members.
The Gulf carrier's move to launch flights to Manila Clark, the Philippine capital's secondary airport, follows an announcement earlier this year from rival Emirates, which will begin daily non-stop service between Dubai and Clark from 1 October. Both Emirates and Qatar Airways already serve the city with flights to Manila Ninoy Aquino International airport.
Qatar Airways flies twice daily to Ninoy Aquino, schedules in Innovata show. "Clark International Airport in the Philippines provides us with great opportunities to boost our presence in the Greater Manila area and northern region of Luzon Island. This comes as good news for the well travelled Filipino community with ever increasing demand for flights to and from the country," says Al Baker.
In addition, the airline will increase flight frequencies on its Pakistan routes by 60% to 28 flights weekly from 1 June. Qatar Airways will increase Karachi service to twice daily from daily, fly to Lahore daily instead of four times weekly, and operate an additional weekly flight to Peshawar for a total of three flights a week.
Qatar Airways now operates 17 times weeky to Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar.
"We have had a well-established operation in Pakistan for many years, but have always been looking to increase frequency and now thanks to new agreements in place between the relevant authorities, we can soon enjoy more capacity between Qatar and Pakistan," says Al Baker.
Qatar Airways will be the only carrier operating on the three new routes, schedules in Innovata show.
Separately, the carrier says it will gradually phase in deployment of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners on its routes to London, Munich, Frankfurt and Zurich in "the next few weeks".
The airline resumed its 787 flights on 1 May with its Doha-Dubai flight, after a grounding of the aircraft type was lifted by authorities.