Qatar Airways is gearing up for two key travel industry events next week by participating at the prestigious Dubai Air Show and World Travel Market b
Chairman of Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority, Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, will head a delegation, including Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker, from Doha to the Dubai Air Show, where the airline will have a dedicated chalet together with a stand in the exhibition hall.
The Dubai Air Show, now in its 10th year, takes place at Dubai International Airport between November 11 – 15 and will feature static displays of commercial and military aircraft, together with aerial displays. Tens of thousands of visitors from around the world are expected at the five-day event, one of the most prestigious in the aviation industry calendar.
The airline will showcase its fine hospitality with a luxurious chalet draped in its burgundy corporate colours. The airline’s award-winning lie-flat First Class seat-cum-bed and two Business Class seats will be on display at Qatar Airways’ exhibition stand.
World Travel Market is one of the industry’s premier travel trade events bringing together airlines, hotels, car rental companies, tourist boards and cruise lines for four days of business.
Qatar Airways will be showcasing a mock-up of its unique First Class lounge which is fitted onboard the carrier’s long-range Airbus A340-600 aircraft, currently used on flights between Doha and both London Heathrow and Washington DC.
Al Baker said both events were highly important for Qatar Airways to maintain its high profile across the travel industry.
“Dubai Air Show and World Travel Market are key events where we have traditionally enjoyed our participation – and this year is no exception as we are again privileged to be taking part in such prestigious shows,” he said.
“We look forward to a highly productive week to build and renew business partnerships, welcoming visitors to our chalet and exhibition stands at both events.”
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 58 all-Airbus aircraft to 79 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Far East, Indian subcontinent and North America. The highlight of this year’s expansion has been the launch of flights to New York (Newark) and Washington DC – the airline’s first move into the North American market.
With a growing international network, more travellers have an opportunity to use Qatar Airways’ Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport, exclusively for departing First and Business Class passengers.
The Premium Terminal features facilities including a spa, jacuzzi, exclusive duty free shopping, business centre and fine dining restaurants. Built in just nine months, the US$90 million terminal is the world’s first commercial passenger building dedicated to First and Business Class passengers and offers departing and transit passengers an excellent opportunity to relax and unwind prior to their flight.
Qatar Airways is one of only five airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 12 million passengers. During the 2006/07 financial year, Qatar Airways carried more than 8 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
Qatar Airways’ award-winning Privilege Club recently won an unprecedented eight accolades at the annual US-based Freddie Awards, designed to honour loyalty programmes across the global travel industry. For more information, visit www.qmiles.com
Doha-based Qatar Airways will have a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2015 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s in a deal worth more than US$16 billion, and 22 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter beginning in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2009, when the first phase of the new facility is scheduled to open. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com