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Qatar Airways' CEO To Speak In Australian Parliament

Doha – Chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, General Manager Finance and Administration Mr Richard Forson and a delegation of senior management have today travelled to Canberra to promote Qatar and its airline to the Australian people.

Mr. Al Baker was invited by the Hon. Bruce Baird, member of the House of Representatives, to speak in the Australian Parliament. He is expected to deliver his speech on June 24.

Before his departure, Mr Al Baker expressed his pleasure at having been asked to represent his country and airline in Australia: “The success of Qatar Airways has truly been recognised on an international level by this invitation by the Australian Government.

“Our delegation is scheduled to meet with a number of Ministers, such as the Minister of Tourism and the Minister of Finance and we will discuss our plans to fly to Australia in the near future.

“Earlier this year I had the honour of welcoming Victorian Premier Steve Bracks to Doha and we made the decision then to fly to Australia very soon, but cannot confirm specific dates as yet.

“Having the opportunity to address the Friends of Tourism Group, which is part of the Australian Parliament, is a great honour and close to Qatar Airways’ heart. The name of the group – Friends of Tourism – is very appropriate for Qatar Airways, as it symbolises the customer focussed way in which Qatar Airways operates, and our commitment to building strong relationships with our passengers as well as business partners.

“We would like to build on that commitment by developing business and tourism ties between Qatar and Australia, as Qatar offers numerous opportunities for Australians.

“We are offering a wide choice for individuals and businesses looking for new investment opportunities both within Qatar and outside its borders. Companies looking to tap into the requirement for skills and products as a result of the huge investment infrastructure in Qatar will find much scope.

“Australians, much famed for their desire to travel, will find Qatar a safe and culturally interesting destination, and at the same time a gateway to the rest of the Middle East.

“We are setting high hopes on a successful trip and forging close relations with our Australian counterparts, with a view of providing regular services between Qatar and Australia very soon, “ Mr Al Baker said.

Qatar Airways has recently inaugurated its services to Tehran and Luxor, and is planning to open more services to reach 60 destinations by early 2005, and 70 global destinations by the end of 2005, covering destinations on all five continents.

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
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E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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