Qatar Airways purchasing Bombardier Challenger(i) 300 super midsize business jet
Qatar Airways Wednesday announced it is purchasing a Bombardier Challenger(i) 300 super midsize business jet for regional and transcontinental on-demand travel.
The Qatar Airways Challenger 300 is scheduled for delivery in March 2005, and will be operated by the Amiri Flight Division of Qatar Airways from its base at Doha International Airport. It will join Qatar Airways' large and growing VIP fleet, which will soon include a second Bombardier Global Express ultra long-range business jet.
"We selected the Challenger 300 after a thorough analysis of all aircraft in this category and determined that the Challenger 300 is the superior offering," stated Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Airways. "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."
Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing international airlines in the world. Over the past 18 months, its fleet has grown from 18 aircraft to 33 with further increases predicted. Qatar Airways presently flies to 53 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the Far East, and will offer flights to 70 destinations including Australia and the US, by the end of 2005.
"Qatar Airways, one of only three airlines worldwide to have been awarded the 5-star ranking by independent aviation quality control monitor Skytrax, is recognized worldwide for superior quality and service, and this positive development underlines the suitability of the new Challenger 300 aircraft for charter operations in the Gulf Region," said Mike Fahey, Regional Vice-President, Sales, Middle-East and Africa, Bombardier Aerospace, Business Aircraft. (menareport.com)
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