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Qatar Airways Privilege Club Signs Taj Hotels Resorts And Palaces As Loyalty Partner

Doha, QATAR – Award-winning Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has signed up leading international hotel chain Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces as a new partner of its Privilege Club frequent flyer programme.

Members of Privilege Club can earn a minimum of 500 Qmiles for each stay at the majority of Taj Hotels’ 60 properties worldwide for redemption on flights of Qatar Airways and its partner airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Middle East Airlines and All Nippon Airways.

In addition, all Privilege Club members, whether they hold Gold, Silver or Burgundy status – have the opportunity to secure upgrades on Qatar Airways flights with their accrued Qmiles.

Qatar Airways currently operates scheduled flights from its hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar in the Arabian Gulf, to 56 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East.

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is a well-established hotel chain based in India and highly regarded as one of the finest groups in South Asia.

From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, and idyllic beach resorts to authentic Rajput palaces, each Taj hotel offers warm Indian hospitality, contemporary, efficient service and ultimate luxury. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has three brand categories – Luxury, Leisure and Business – to suit different travellers’ needs.

Across India, Taj has a presence spanning the length and breadth of the country, gracing industrial towns and cities, beautiful beaches, hill stations, historical and pilgrim centres and wildlife destinations.

The company opened its first hotel, the historic The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai in 1903 and the hotel remains its flagship property. Taj operates 47 of its 60 hotels in almost 40 locations across India, with the remaining 13 properties located in the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, UK, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.

Qatar Airways’ manager of Privilege Club, Gregory Epps said the agreement with Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces was the latest in the airline’s drive to secure partnerships with quality hotel companies and airlines for the benefit of its passengers.

“Taj Hotels is renowned around the world for hospitality and high levels of service and share the same philosophy we have at Qatar Airways,” he said.

“We are excited at giving our Privilege Club members the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of staying in Taj properties around the world. There are a number of destinations which Qatar Airways flies to, and Taj has properties in, so there is a lot of synergy between the two companies.”
These destinations include Mumbai, Hyderabad, Cochin, Colombo, Kathmandu, London, Mali, Muscat, Dubai and the Seychelles.

Privilege Club members can earn between 250 & 500 Qmiles for a qualifying stay depending on which Taj property they check into.

Added Epps: “This partnership gives our Privilege Club members more opportunities to earn Qmiles and redeem them on our flights and on our partner airlines.”

Qatar Airways’ network was boosted over the past three weeks with the addition of flights to Beijing, London Gatwick and Seychelles, allowing Privilege Club members to earn promotional double mileage for the first full month of the new services.

The airline steps up a gear next month when it launches flights to Yangon, capital of Myanmar in south-east Asia, on January 8, and both Johannesburg and Cape Town from January 16, with Osaka, Athens, Tunis and Algiers joining the flying programme from summer 2005.

By the end of 2005, the airline plans to serve at least 70 destinations, including cities in North America and Australia.

Qatar Airways operates a modern all-Airbus fleet of 36 aircraft, which will double in size over the next few years following a $5.1bn order for 34 additional Airbus jets.

As one of the fastest growing and youngest carriers in the world, Qatar Airways has made significant inroads in the global aviation industry to become an award-winning airline in just a short few years.

It is one of only three airlines in the world to be ranked a Five Star carrier for service and high standards by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency.

Skytrax has also ranked Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as the best in the Middle East for the second year running and fifth best in the world following a survey of more than two million passengers worldwide.

For further information on Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club, web users can log onto www.qmiles.com and for more information on Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, access www.tajhotels.com

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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