Bilateral Ministerial meeting takes place between France and the State of Qatar signalling continued support
The airline's new ‘No Borders, Only Horizons’ ad campaign viewed more than 20 million times by those who share a common belief that the skies should be open
Success occurs the same week as the airline is once again named Airline of the Year, and wins Best Airline in the Middle East, the World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Lounge by Skytrax and unveils its new Business Class Qsuite
DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is enjoying a week of success and celebration as Qatar’s Minister of Transport and Communications, His Excellency Mr. Jassim Saif Al Sulaiti, met with France’s Minister for Transport, Ms. Élisabeth Borne, to reaffirm the countries' ongoing support and affliliation. Fresh from winning the Skytrax Airline of the Year award for the fourth time, Qatar’s national carrier received overwhelming support for its bold new global television and social media commercial, aimed at bringing people together through travel without prejudice, which has already been viewed by more than 20 million people from all corners of the world.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “This week has been a significant signal of Qatar Airways' ongoing role not just as a leader in the aviation industry, but as a connector in people’s day-to-day lives. At a time of judgement, prejudice and illegal actions, Qatar Airways has triumphed through a simple yet central belief in bringing people together beyond borders in the sky, whether it be work colleagues, leisure passengers, or of course family members and friends. Our new commercial states our core values of travel as an independent human right against the backdrop of a changing and dynamic landscape, because, quite simply, we believe the world is all of ours to explore, and it is a strange thing for people to be apart.”
Launched on Sunday through the airline’s social media channels, the commercial gained more than 20 million views within the first two days, from those inspired by the airline’s core messages that travel goes beyond borders, and is an independent right and necessity, while also teaching compassion and an understanding of others.
The success of the commercial falls during the same week as this year’s Paris Air Show, where Qatar Airways revealed the first aircraft retrofitted with its new, award-winning Business Class concept, Qsuite, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to gathered crowds of industry representatives and international media.
The ceremony, on the opening day of this year’s air show, was attended by Qatar’s Minister of Transport and Communications, His Excellency Mr. Jassim Saif Al Sulaiti, where the revolutionary new Qsuite was presented by His Excellency Mr. Al Baker to notable dignitaries including 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.
The following day the airline was proudly named Airline of the Year for the fourth time, and also collected the World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best First Class Lounge and Best Airline in the Middle East by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards.
Mr. Akbar Al Baker continued: “The Paris Air Show 2017 has once again been a tremendous success for Qatar Airways. With the debut of our first aircraft fitted with the state-of-the-art, patented Qsuite, we have truly set a new standard for the industry by bringing First Class to our Business Class cabin, while also winning a raft of Skytrax awards, including Airline of the Year
The first destinations to feature the Qsuite will be London on 24 June, followed by Paris and New York, with the airline’s fleet retrofitted at the rate of one plane per month. Qsuite, features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, while adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the centre four seats allows colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialise together.
One of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways last week added Dublin in the Republic of Ireland to its global route network. This will shortly be followed by Nice, France, on the 4 July, reaffirming the airline’s commitment to progress with its rapid expansion plans.
Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 200 aircraft to a network of more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
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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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