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Qatar Airways And Flexjet Announce Alliance

New Premium Service Offered In North America By Airline’s Corporate Jet Division Qatar Executive

Convenient Premium Connections To Over 5,000 Airports Across North America Via Qatar Airways’ Gateways Of Houston, New York, Washington And Montreal

Qatar Executive Tailors Seamless Premium Travel Via Flexjet Connect Programme, Operated By U.S. Air Carrier Jet Solutions

14 May 2012

Geneva, SWITZERLAND – Qatar Airways today announced a strategic alliance with fractional jet programme provider Flexjet to offer customers access to over 5,000 destinations beyond the Doha-based airline’s four North American gateways.

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Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker (centre) at a press conference in Geneva to announce an alliance with Flexjet offering customers access on private jets to over 5,000 destinations beyond the Doha-based airline’s four North American gateways. Also pictured are Flexjet President Fred Reid (left) and Executive Vice President of Qatar Executive Tilmann Gabriel.

Flexjet is aircraft manufacturer Bombardier’s fractional ownership business, providing access to more than 80 modern executive aircraft. Aircraft available as part of the Flexjet Connect programme, are operated by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions.

The new agreement, effective today, May 14, enables customers travelling on Qatar Airways’ scheduled flights to and from New York, Washington, Houston and Montreal, to book a private premium jet service in a single transaction to cover over 5,000 airports across the region.

The exclusive partnership, managed by the airline’s private jet division Qatar Executive as part of Qatar Airways’ premium product portfolio, will ensure passengers have seamless and hassle-free onward connections in America, Canada, as well as parts of Mexico and the tropical islands of the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos**.

No matter if the final destination is in California, Florida or British Columbia, Qatar Airways’ customers from across its global network travelling to or from North America via its Doha hub can conveniently connect in the privacy and exclusivity of a private jet to their final destination with Bombardier* Challenger* aircraft operated by Jet Solutions.

All Qatar Airways’ customers will receive the same industry-leading customer service provided to Flexjet’s fractional jet owners.

Speaking at a press conference at EBACE, Europe’s premier business aviation show, in Geneva today, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the new service was yet another enhanced product offering by Qatar’s national carrier.

“We are extremely pleased to be launching this new programme and are confident that it is an attractive product offering for individuals and large multi-national companies alike,” said Al Baker.

“Today’s customers want flexibility, extensive reach, confidentiality and convenience all from a single source.

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Pictured after a press conference announcing a strategic alliance between Qatar Airways and Flexjet are, from left, Flexjet President Fred Reid; Executive Vice President of Qatar Executive Tilmann Gabriel and Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.

“This new alliance gives customers from Qatar and the rest of the airline’s international network the ability to book their travel on Qatar Airways’ commercial service and on-demand private jets to their onward destination within North America with a single phone call. Vice versa we look forward to providing the travelling public from North America a premium door-to-door service when heading to the Middle East and beyond.”

Flexjet President Fred Reid said: “With a growing focus on the international business market, we have seen an increase in demand for travel to the Middle East and the surrounding regions. Today’s alliance with Qatar Airways – an award-winning airline that shares Flexjet’s passion for high levels of customer service – is an ideal way for us to provide a global aviation solution to our owners. It’s a win-win situation for all.”

While Qatar Airways’ customers can obtain guaranteed access to a wide range of top-of-the-range Bombardier business jet aircraft, operated by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions, and access to over 5,000 airports in North America with as little as 24-hours advance notice, Flexjet fractional owners gain premium travel benefits beyond their North American service area, including access to Qatar Executive’s ultra-modern fleet of Bombardier private jets.

At Qatar Executive, a dedicated concierge-style customer service team is available for all Flexjet Connect enquiries on 24 hours / 7 days basis to fully address all passengers’ needs and requirements, from flight arrangements to ground transportation and special requests.

The Concierge team will arrange the required Qatar Airways’ tickets, as well as the contract, invoice and itinerary of the business aircraft sector, whether it is on aircraft available through the Flexjet Connect programme in North America or Qatar Executive out of the Middle East. Anyone can book this service starting today, May 14. The business jets on offer provide between 8 and 13 passenger seats, which are all available to the individual customer booking the flight.

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

For further information and bookings, the Qatar Executive Concierge service team is available 24/7 on +974 4445 3800 or request@qatarexec.com.qa. Further details are available at www.qatarexec.com.qa or on www.qatarairways.com.

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 108 aircraft from its Doha hub to 114 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

Flexjet Connect programme is operated under Part 135 by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions, LLC.  Flexjet and Qatar Airways act as agents for Jet Solutions, LLC, in connection with the Flexjet Connect programme.

*Registered or unregistered trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

**The Primary Service area boundary of the programme extends 200 nautical miles from the continental US border, plus the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos.

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.

About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways has orders worth over US$ 50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. The rapid expansion of Qatar Airways prompted the State of Qatar to embark on one of its biggest projects – the construction of a brand new international airport in Doha, which is scheduled to open in 2012. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com

About Flexjet
Texas-based Flexjet — a division of Bombardier, the world’s largest business aviation manufacturer   first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. Flexjet offers whole aircraft ownership and management, fractional jet ownership, jet cards and charter brokerage services. Flexjet’s fractional aircraft programme is the first in the world to be recognised as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard, and Flexjet is the first and only company to be honoured with its 13th FAA Diamond Award for Excellence. Flexjet’s fractional programme fields an exclusive family of Bombardier business aircraft—the youngest in the fractional jet industry with an average age of approximately five years—including the Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45 XR, Learjet 60 XR, Challenger 300 and Challenger 605 business jets.  For more details on innovative programs and flexible offerings, visit www.flexjet.com

Flexjet has an approved fractional ownership program pursuant 14 C.F.R. Part 91, Subpart K, and manages flights for individual aircraft owners under Part 91 whole aircraft management program. All other flights (e.g. Flexjet 25 jet card program, charter brokerage services, etc.) are provided by certificated air carriers in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, as Flexjet is not an air carrier.

About Jet Solutions, LLC
Texas-based Jet Solutions, established in 1995, is one of the largest FAR Part 135 air carriers, having operated more than 1,000,000 flight hours for customers throughout the world. Jet Solutions is the first air carrier in the world to be recognised as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundations Industry Audit Standard, and is the exclusive provider of the Flexjet 25 Jet Card programme. www.jetsolutions.com.

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Dec 31, 2011, were $18.3 billion, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

The Flexjet 25 Jet Card program is operated under Part 135 by Jet Solutions, LLC, a U.S. air carrier. Flexjet acts as an agent for Jet Solutions, LLC, in connection with the Flexjet 25 Jet Card program. Flexjet acts as an agent for the customer with on-demand charter broker services when arranging transportation operated under Part 135 by U.S. air carriers.

For further information

Qatar Airways Group Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 – 44302072, Fax: +974 – 44302069
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Web: www.qatarairways.com