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Qatar Airways Launches World's First Instant Frequent Flyer Enrolment Kiosk

London, UNITED KINGDOM – Qatar Airways has announced another world first with the launch of an instant frequent flyer enrolment kiosk for new Privilege Club members at Doha International Airport.

Located in the Qatar Airways Business Class lounge at the airport, the kiosk dispenses membership cards within seconds of passengers completing their registration details when signing up for the card.

Using simple touch screen technology, the kiosk enables Qatar Airways’ Business Class passengers using the lounge, who are not already members, to instantly enrol into Privilege Club and receive a 500 Avios welcome bonus.

Within seconds of signing up, the kiosk processes the data and delivers their Burgundy card on the spot with their personalised membership number and name laser printed.

Announcing the new service for frequent flyers during World Travel Market in London, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the kiosk was yet another service-led initiative from the airline.

“Qatar Airways is proud to be innovators, offering passengers unique levels of service which the industry can only talk about with envy,” he said.

“The Privilege Club enrolment kiosk we have introduced at Doha International Airport enables passengers who are not already members to enrol easily, quickly and receive their loyalty card instantly. This is a unique feature, which we believe many passengers will take advantage of. “

The kiosk is yet another unique service being offered by Qatar Airways for loyal customers travelling in the premium cabins.

Qatar Airways is just weeks away from opening its brand new Premium Terminal for exclusive use by the airline’s First and Business Class passengers at Doha International Airport.

“The Premium Terminal is the world’s only passenger terminal dedicated to First and Business Class passengers and we look forward to welcoming our loyal customers to use this wonderful facility – and convert other passengers to choose flying Qatar Airways,” added Al Baker.

The new US$90 million facility, built in just nine months, will feature a spa, jacuzzi, fine dining restaurants, together with duty-free and exclusive check-in for premium passengers flying with Qatar Airways.

The Premium Terminal will be ready in time for the 15th Asian Games taking place in Doha between December 1 – 15. Qatar Airways is the Official Airline and Prestige Partner of the Asian Games, which promises to be the biggest ever in Games history.

Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club recently won three accolades at the annual Freddie Awards – for Best Elite Level Programme, Best Website and Best Bonus Promotion.

Qatar Airways recently relaunched the Privilege Club website to provide members with greater benefits and easier management of their accounts.

Through the Privilege Club website, www.qatarairways.com/privilegeclub members are able to log on and check their account balance online, as well as request reward tickets for travel on Qatar Airways and partner airlines.

Qatar Airways currently operates 51 all-Airbus aircraft to 70 destinations worldwide. The fleet size will more than double to 110 aircraft by 2015. The airline has ordered 20 Boeing 777s with deliveries scheduled to start from the end of 2007. The B777s will form the backbone of Qatar Airways’ long-haul, wide-body fleet for use on new routes across North America and Australasia.

Qatar Airways expands its international route network during 2007 with direct, non-stop scheduled services from Doha to New York, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Lagos and Dar Es Salaam.

Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started 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 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

Qatar Airways is one of only six 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 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com

Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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