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Qatar Airways.(Africa/Middle East)(Brief Article)

Posting a robust 47% revenue increase during the 2003-04 financial year ended March 31, the airline was buoyed by a 35% rise in passengers. Cargo revenue soared 73%, driven largely by introduction of its first freighter. Overall earnings and operating results were not disclosed. CEO Akbar Al Baker stated that the passenger count climbed 26.9% over the previous year and should grow another 36.4% in 2004-05, adding, "We will continue to position the airline for continued strong growth." Delivery of 13 new planes in 2004, building the fleet to 38 by year end including an additional aircraft for the Amiri VIP fleet, will boost capacity 35%. …

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