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Qatar Airways To Start Flying To Serbia And Poland By End Of 2012

Qatar Airways announced further expansion to its European network with the launch of scheduled flights to Serbia and Poland by the end of the year taking the airline’s coverage across the Continent to 32 destinations.

 

Services to the previously announced destination of Belgrade, capital of Serbia, have been confirmed for a November 20 start with a thrice-weekly schedule via Ankara. Two weeks later, beginning December 5, the airline will add the Polish capital Warsaw to its rapidly growing European network operating flights four-times-a-week.

News of the expansion follows this week’s announcement by Qatar Airways that it will begin daily flights to Chicago – the carrier’s fourth USA gateway – from April 10 next year. Both the Belgrade and Warsaw routes will be operated from Qatar Airways’ Doha hub with an Airbus A320 configured in two classes – 12 seats in Business and 132 in Economy. Each seat features an interactive audio and video entertainment system offering hundreds of movies, TV programmes and music channels.

Since the beginning of 2012, Qatar Airways has launched flights to Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq), Baghdad, Perth (Australia) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania).

Over the next few months, Qatar Airways will launch services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Yangon, Myanmar (October 3); Maputo, Mozambique (October 31); and Chicago, USA (10 April 2013).

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MALDIVES – THE IDYLLIC INDIAN OCEAN

HRVATSKA VERZIJA: MALDIVI – IDILA INDIJSKOG OCEANA

The Sunny Side Of Life – this is the motto of the Maldives Tourist Board. Turquoise coral reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees … sounds like a cliché from the tropics, but it really is!

Photo by Conrad Maldives The Over Water Spa

Inspired by frequent comments on the Facebook site Posvudusha whenever it comes to exotic photos, I had to explore the Maldives and find out more information for my readers and myself.
How to introduce the Maldives? Very simple I would say – if you decide to go for a vacation in the Maldives, there no one will blame you if you choose to sit all day at the beach, sip a cocktail and wait almost a perfect sunset over the Indian Ocean. Yes, that sounds like a holiday in the Maldives!

Maldives is an archipelago of some 1190 coral islands located southwest of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. The capital is Malé in which live most of the approximately 350.000 inhabitants (all are Muslims). The main industries are tourism and fishing (tuna). The national currency is the Rufiyaa (100 Laar).

In this great archipelago 200 islands are inhabited while 99 of them are resort islands. About the history of the island locals will tell you a few legends and myths, but the fact is that the Maldives were mentioned for the first time in the first century, and one of the is stories associated with the real events of the 16th century when the inhabitants prevented attack of the Portuguese. Maldives have twice declared a republic (last 1968) and for a while they were even sultanate. The first resort was built back in 1972.

People of Maldives take care of their culture and customs, but are always open to new modern things. Some of the touristic tours will take you to the islands inhabited by locals where you can get an insight of the life – a life that depends on the sea and where human relationships mean a lot. On these islands you can buy local handicrafts.

I personally am not a fan of a classical type of holiday, and for me is pretty important to know what more can I do at the destination except relaxing. What can you really do here? If you check the tours there are a couple of things: a tour of the island where the locals live, tour to the “virgin islands” where humans rarely set foot, going to the Big Game Fishing, dolphin cruise or even swimming with whales. Those seeking for a more active vacation, they will be thrilled by the fact that the Maldives are a paradise for surfers! Time of the large waves is from June to September when the southwest monsoon blows. With surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, other water sports like sailing, jet skis, water skiing, catamaran rides, parasailing, snorkeling and scuba diving course are possible!

Now, why would you actually want to go there? For most, the real reason is relaxing and leisure which exclusive holiday resorts give them; plus a luxury spa and wellness experience with the scent of coconut oil… For a total recovery of body and soul you’ll just have to forget about the phone and connection to the rest of the world, because why spoil this holidays? Did I say that many people come here on a honeymoon or to get married?

Now, since I have not had a chance to hop on the Maldives, and I’m sure that time will come, I leave you with idyllic pictures from those lucky ones who were in paradise, and with pictures that we often (too often) watch on the TV commercials.

Dheebu Dhivehi Mee, Old Maldivian Folk song:

 In horizon of the vast Indian Ocean grow green palms
This is my homeland, this is the Maldives
From the clear blue seas, we grow like pearls,
This is my homeland, this is the Maldives

Do you really want to enjoy the Maldives, be faster than the global warming and fast rising sea level. All the atolls of the archipelago aren`t higher more than 1.2 meter and if the sea level continues to rise this little paradise will be gone forever.

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World Airline Award

Staged as part of Farnborough International Airshow (England), Skytrax`s World Airline Awards event was held on 12 of July 2012. The most popular award for the World’s Best Airline went again to the Qatar Airways.

The World Airline Awards measures the level of passengers` satisfaction of airlines throughout the world. Air travelers were surveyed by telephone, questionnaires and online about their experiences with airlines on the ground and in the air during a 10-month period. The survey measured passenger satisfaction across more than 38 key performance indicators of airline front-line product and service. The Survey covered over 200 airlines, from the largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers. Finally Skytrax collected opinions from 18 million international fliers between July 2011 and June 2012 on different aspects of airline passenger experience — from check-in to in-flight entertainment.

Comparing results from the last year, it seems that some companies did improve their services and were ranked higher, while others stumbled, some even for 10 places. Top 10 places were dominated by the Asian and the Middle Eastern airlines.
First five places went to:
1. Qatar Airways
2. Asiana Airlines
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Cathay Pacific Airways
5. ANA All Nippon Airways

Top 10 status lost two companies (Air New Zealand and Qantas Airways). While Virgin Australia made improvement and went from 32nd place to 12th, China Eastern Airlines was named the World’s Most Improved Airline.
In the category of the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline first five places looked like this:
1. AirAsia
2. Virgin America
3. Jetstar Airways
4. AirAsiaX
5. easyJet
The top 5 European Low-Cost Airlines were: easyJet, Norwegian, NIKI, Germanwings, Wizzair

For results in other categories please check: World Airline Award