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Atlanta, USA – Qatar Airways hosted a private gala in Atlanta last night with legendary singer, dancer and actress, Jennifer Lopez as the headline act for more than 400 guests from the Atlanta business and travel community. Lopez, who returns to the Vegas stage this summer for her ALL I HAVE residency at the Axis Theatre at Planet Hollywood, performed a special 45 minute set at the historic Fox Theatre including hits such as “Let’s Get Loud”, “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” and “Jenny From The Block.”

The red carpet event included the Honourable Mayor of Atlanta, Mr. Kasim Reed and Chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, Philanthropist, Ms. Laura Turner Seydel in attendance, alongside representatives from the Falcons, Hawks, Coca Cola, Porsche and the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.  

The airline, which was recently named “airline of the year” by Skytrax for the third time running- celebrated the launch of its upcoming route between its hub in Doha, Qatar – Hamad International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The daily services will commence on 1 June with  a special flight on the first day, an A380 superjumbo, and thereafter with a Boeing 777. 

Qatar Airways currently operates nine destinations from coast-to-coast in the United States, with the Atlanta services marking its tenth route to the country in less than a decade.

The special evening featured  a three course meal resembling Qatar Airways  award-winning premium onboard service, which ended on a high note with four winners taking home a prize of a pair of Business Class tickets for travel to any of the 150 destinations the airline flies to. A formal address was made   by the  the Mayor of Atlanta, Mr. Kasim Reed as well as from Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive and host for the evening, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.

Stated His Excellency Mr. Al Baker: “We have waited a long time to include Atlanta on our route map, and with this formidable welcome and overwhelming response so far, we are looking forward to serving the people of Georgia with our renowned hospitality on board."

Qatar Airways will commence daily, non-stop service between Hartsfield-Jackson International and Hamad International Airport on 1 June, 2016. Atlanta will become the airline’s tenth gateway in the United States. From the start of the year until present, Qatar Airways added services to Los Angeles, Boston, and recently added a second daily flight on its New York - JFK route.

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About Qatar Airways:

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 184 aircraft flying to more than 160 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Qatar Airways won Airline of the Year, Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East at the 2015 Skytrax Awards. This is the third time the airline won the accolade of Airline of the Year.

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.

In 2015 Qatar Airways launched Oryx One, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 3,000. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the five-star airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways is one of the world’s leaders in sponsoring global sporting events, including the strategic team sponsorships of FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC. Qatar Airways’ strategy reflects 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 cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 184 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

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