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Qatar Executive Receives European Air Safety Agency Certification Approval For Its Maintenance Facility In Doha

Corporate Jet Provides Maintenance Operations To Enhance Customer Support For Challenger And Global Aircraft

Qatar Airways’ Private Jet Offers Maintenance & Repair Services To Bombardier Operators From Europe And Middle East

12 Dec 2012

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways’ private jet division Qatar Executive has received a European Air Safety Agency (EASA)certification approval to provide maintenance and repair services for Bombardier Challenger 604, Challenger 605 and the manufacturer’s entire global family of business jets.

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Qatar Executive Hangar at Doha International Airport

Qatar Executive, can now offer scheduled maintenance, repair and warranty services for European registered Challenger and Global aircraft at its Doha hub.

The new EASA PART 145 certification complements the existing approval from Qatar's Civil Aviation Authority and underpins Qatar Executive’s status as an Authorised Service Facility (ASF) in the Middle East by Bombardier.

The award of the certificate follows a stringent audit performed by the European Air Safety Agency, in which Qatar Executive demonstrated its compliance to the highest international aircraft maintenance standards.

Commenting on the new certification, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: "We are extremely proud to have obtained this EASA approval. This is a testament to the quality of our highly experienced staff and the outstanding service levels we offer to our valued customers.

"The new EASA PART 145 approval is an important step towards establishing Qatar Executive, not just as a leading charter operator, but also as a premier Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility for private jets in the region.”

Founded in 2009, Qatar Executive today operates a wholly-owned all-Bombardier fleet, currently comprising three Challenger 605s, two Global 5000s and one Global XRS, but set to grow.

Through the operators’ long-term working relationship with the Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier, customers will benefit from a 30-strong team of engineers and technicians who support the 24-hour, 7-day operation with their solid expertise and detailed knowledge of Bombardier aircraft.

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Qatar Executive Global 5000

The Technical Operations team receives regular training from the manufacturer to keep up with the latest technical developments and customers’ needs to quickly resolve maintenance issues ranging from minor defects to scheduled maintenance and modifications.

The team works closely with the client to develop and schedule maintenance work packages to minimise costly aircraft downtimes and achieve high aircraft utilisation rates.

Client aircraft suffering from technical defects outside of Doha can rely on Qatar Executive to quickly dispatch a Mobile Technical Team to quickly repair the aircraft with minimal schedule disruption.

It further rounds off Qatar Executive’s maintenance service portfolio, which also comprises services for spare parts and aircraft interior deep-cleaning, exterior washing as well as bright work polishing to keep up client aircraft sparkling – services which can all be carried out in Qatar Executive’s 6,400 square metre dedicated hangar at Doha International Airport.

Qatar Executive’s Maintenance Service Centre provides scheduled inspections and repair services and can be reached via its 24-hour customer support number at +974-5530-7756 or email at technical@qatarexec.com.qa.

Being part of a well-established award-winning full service global network airline Qatar Airways, Qatar Executive customers can be rest assured to receive highest standards of service in terms of
quality, comfort, confidentiality and security provided by highly trained crew.

Notes to Editors

About Qatar Executive
Qatar Airways first announced at the Paris Air Show in 2009 the formation of a corporate jet subsidiary – Qatar Executive – as part of the airline’s ongoing robust global growth strategy, and continued commitment to the Middle East and global
business travel community. Headquartered at Doha International Airport, luxury jet services are available for charter to Europe, Asia, North America, Africa, Australia and the Middle East. In November 2012, Qatar Executive was honoured with the Best Business Aviation Operator of the Year 2012 award by the prestigious Middle East industry publication Aviation Business.

About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. In addition to winning Skytrax’s prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 and 2012, Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best Premium Service Airport for the second consecutive year in 2012. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com

For further information

Qatar Airways Group Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 44496956
Fax: +974 44620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com