Qatar Airways continues the rapid expansion of its fleet with the announcement yesterday that it has purchased a Bombardier Challenger 300 super mid-size business jet.

The aircraft is scheduled for delivery in March 2005 and will be operated by the Amiri Flight Division of Qatar Airways from its Doha International Airport base. It will use the aircraft for regional and transcontinental on-demand travel.

The Challenger 300 adds to Qatar Airways' VIP fleet, which includes two Bombardier Global Express ultra long-range business jets. One of these is currently in service and the second is due to be delivered in three months time.

"We strongly believe the Challenger 300 with its large cabin, outstanding reliability and proven range will be an ideal complement to our longer-range Global Express aircraft," said Akbar Al Baker, chief executive, Qatar Airways.

Source: Flight Daily News