Senior Qatari delegation attended Paris Air Show headed by Qatar’s Minister of Transport, His Excellency Mr. Jassim Saif Al Sulaiti
Qatar Airways revealed its first Boeing 777 aircraft equipped with the revolutionary new Business Class seat design on day one of the show
Patented new Business Class seat to commence service on Doha-London Heathrow route on 24 June
PARIS, France - Qatar Airways captured the spotlight on the first day of the Paris Air Show, where it showcased the first of its aircraft fitted with its spectacular state-of-the-art and award-winning Business Class seat, Qsuite.
A senior Qatari delegation led by Qatar’s Minister of Transport and Communications, His Excellency Mr. Jassim Saif Al Sulaiti, joined Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, to reveal the first Boeing 777 equipped with the airline’s new and unique seat design in a ribbon cutting ceremony, close to its luxurious chalet at Le Bourget Airport. The airline also hosted other notable dignitaries, officials and guests of honour at the ceremony, including the Qatari Ambassador to France, His Excellency Mr. Khalid Bin Rashid Al Mansouri; Managing Director and CEO of Qatar Rail, Eng. Abdulla T. Al Subaie and Vice Chairman of the Boeing Company, Mr. Ray Conner.
Qatar’s Minister of Transport and Communications, His Excellency Mr. Jassim Saif Al Sulaiti said: “I am very proud to see the national carrier of the State of Qatar showcasing the unique Qsuite to the whole world as it continues to expand and innovate in every single way. I am also very pleased to see the national carrier of the State of Qatar proceed with its expansion plans more than expected, with endless ambition.”
H.E. Mr. Al Baker said: “We are tremendously excited to showcase the first aircraft fitted with our revolutionary new Qsuite here in Paris. This product will transform premium travel by bringing a First Class experience to the Business Class cabin. With this innovative offering – which features the first-ever double bed in Business Class - we have set a new standard for the industry, one which demonstrates our continued commitment to providing the finest possible experience for our passengers. We look forward to the debut of Qsuite on our Doha – London Heathrow route this weekend.”
Vice Chairman of the Boeing Company, Mr. Ray Conner said, “All of us at Boeing are proud that the Boeing 777 has been selected to debut Qatar Airways’ new and innovative Business Class interior. With Qsuite, Qatar Airways is introducing a new level of innovation that will make flying a truly remarkable experience.”
Qsuite, patented by Qatar Airways, features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, with privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room. Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the centre four seats allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialise together. These new features provide the ultimate customisable travel experience that enables passengers to create an environment that suits their own unique needs.
Immediately after the Paris Air Show the first destination to feature the Qsuite will be London from 24 June, followed by service to Paris and New York, with the airline’s fleet retrofitted at the rate of one plane per month.
The Paris Air Show, taking place this week at Le Bourget Airport, is one of the world’s most anticipated aerospace events, providing the global aviation community the opportunity to demonstrate the very best and latest advances in the industry.
Commencing 4 July, Qatar Airways will operate a five-times weekly service to Nice, France, served by the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, complementing the airline’s triple daily offering to the French capital, Paris.
Earlier this year, Qatar Airways officially opened its new and luxurious Premium Lounge at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The Premium Lounge features a brasserie and deli, two terraces with spectacular views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower, shower facilities, Mac computers, Wi-Fi and seating for more than 200 guests, all of which contribute to a warm and relaxing atmosphere.
One of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways recently added Dublin, Republic of Ireland, to its global route network, soon to be followed by Nice, France. The airline operates a modern fleet of 200 aircraft to a network of key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
The airline was awarded the World’s Best Business Class by Skytrax in 2016, and its home hub, Hamad International Airport, was also recently honoured with five stars at the Skytrax World Airport Awards.
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About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fast growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its network in 2017/18, including Dublin, Nice, Skopje, Sarajevo and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 200 aircraft.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.
Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, as well as F.C. Barcelona, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.
Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally with 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.
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