Doha, QATAR – Al Jazeera Channel in association with Al Majaz Telecom Company has signed an agreement with Qatar Airways to provide airline passengers with latest news from Al Jazeera Channel through Al Jazeera Mobile Prepaid Card. Starting from today, First Class passengers travelling on the twice-daily Doha – London Heathrow route will be able to receive latest news from around the world by registering on the Al Jazeera Mobile Prepaid Card. The service will eventually be available on other European routes over the next few months. Al Jazeera Mobile Prepaid Card is available in areas where people cannot register for Al Jazeera Mobile service through the local communication operators.
The cards will be available for sale onboard Qatar Airways’ in-flight duty-free service and passengers will be able to subscribe to whichever news service they choose on arrival at their final destination. Subscribers will be able to receive Breaking News, Political News, Business & Economic News, and Sports News in both English and Arabic anywhere in the world.
“Al Jazeera Channel” launched “Al Jazeera Mobile” in association with “Al Majaz Telecommunications Company” in October 2003. This service complements other services Al Jazeera Mobile offers such as: Text or Short Messaging Service (SMS), Text & Picture with the Multi Messaging Service (MMS). Al Jazeera Mobile also introduced (WAP) technology, where subscribers can visit the Al Jazeera Net website through their GSM, and finally introduced the Non-SMS content such as Video Streaming, where mobile owners are able to watch Al Jazeera Channel news & programmes on their GSM. Al Jazeera Mobile was launched through a number of local GSM operators in the Middle East starting with Qatar, Qtel, as the first provider of the “Al Jazeera Mobile” service; the UAE was the second country to benefit by cooperating with its local GSM operator, Etisalat. Jordan followed, through its two operators “Fastlink” & “Mobilcom”, Egypt, through “Vodafone”, Palestine, through “Jawwal”, and Yemen, through “Spacetel”.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to be able to provide its most loyal customers with an invaluable service while they are on their travels. Al Jazeera is a well-known international broadcaster and we are happy to be associated with a brand that excels in providing an up-to-date news service.”
The award-winning airline flies scheduled services to 59 destinations around the world, covering Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian sub-continent and Asia. By the end of 2005, the airline will serve 70 destinations, including three routes added in January alone - Yangon, Johannesburg and Cape Town. The carrier operates a modern all-Airbus fleet of 40 aircraft with an average age of less than three years old. In 2003, the airline placed a $5.1bn order with Airbus for 34 new aircraft to join the fleet over the next few years. Qatar Airways is also one of the launch customers of the A380 ‘super jumbos’ with two firm orders scheduled for delivery in 2009.
Commenting on the agreement signed between Al Jazeera Channel, in association with Al Majaz Telecom Company, and Qatar Airways, Al Jazeera Marketing Director Mr. Hamad Al Nuaimi stated: “Al Jazeera Channel has established itself as a global news broadcaster. Thus working with these two companies provides an opportunity to offer news service to our viewers anywhere in the world and, wherever their destination may be.”
Al Majaz Telecom Chief Executive Officer Mohammad A. Al-Obaidly expressed his delight at facilitating the Al Jazeera Mobile service onboard Qatar’s national airline. He said: “This is a very important step for Al Majaz Telecom that comes as part of its strategic plan to guarantee delivering the Al Jazeera Mobile News Service to news followers, through the fast and efficient use of the latest technologies available. In addition, Al Jazeera Mobile has rapidly become a distinguished brand name on GSM networks.
There are three ways to register for the Al Jazeera Mobile Service using the Prepaid Card. Firstly, through dialing the number written on the back of the scratch card and following the voice instructions in English or Arabic before choosing the desired news category. Secondly, via internet, by logging onto the Al Jazeera Net website, www.aljazeera.net, or Al Majaz Telecom website www.almajaztelecom.com and following the instructions. Thirdly, through direct contact with a customer service representative by dialing the number on the prepaid card.
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
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