Paris, FRANCE – Award-winning Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, is exhibiting at the high-profile Paris Air Show, being held at Le Bourget Airport in the French capital between 13 – 19 June 2005.
More than 250,000 people are expected to attend the event, one of the most prestigious on the aviation industry calendar.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker will be leading a large delegation of airline officials from head office in Doha to the show.
The airline will showcase its fine hospitality with a two-tier chalet draped in its burgundy corporate colours.
The chalet features a hospitality seating area on the ground floor with a garden terrace backing onto the airfield, together with an upper floor VIP lounge and meeting area.
Qatar Airways is among hundreds of exhibitors – comprising aircraft, engine, military jet and helicopter manufacturers – participating throughout the week.
Al Baker said he was delighted that Qatar Airways was once again taking part in the event, following the success of the airline’s participation at the Paris Air Show in 2003.
“The Paris Air Show is regarded as one of the top aviation industry events of the year and we are pleased to be able to use this opportunity to showcase our hospitality to visitors.
“We look forward to a highly productive week as it will be a perfect opportunity to network with existing business partners and build new relationships.”
Earlier this month, Qatar Airways held onto the coveted Skytrax Five Star award for excellence, service and high standards, being one of only four airlines in the world – and the only Middle East carrier – to earn such an illustrious accolade.
The airline’s cabin crew retained their award-winning status by being named Best in the Middle East for the third year running, while maintaining their position as being among the top five inflight crew in the world.
And the carrier was recognised in the Skytrax survey for having the Best First Class and Business Class in the Middle East.
Qatar Airways currently operates scheduled flights from Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, to 64 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East. The Greek capital Athens joins the global network on June 15.
New destinations added in recent weeks have included Osaka, Tunis, Algiers, Mashad and Alexandria. By the end of 2005, the airline plans to serve at least 70 destinations.
Qatar Airways operates a modern all-Airbus fleet of 40 aircraft which will double in size over the next few years following a $5.1bn order for 34 additional Airbus jets signed in 2003.
The airline is one of the launch customers of the twin-deck A380 ‘super jumbos’ with four aircraft on order, scheduled for delivery from 2009, to coincide with the opening of the $5.5bn New Doha International Airport.
“Qatar Airways was just a small airline with only a handful of routes and destinations at the time of its relaunch in 1997. Today we operate to 64 destinations around the world with a young and modern fleet which is growing at a phenomenal rate,” added Al Baker.
“Qatar Airways is no longer a small player in a big market. We can compete with the bigger players who have been around a lot longer than us and recognition demonstrates our ability to prove to the global marketplace that we can successfully compete with the highest standards.”
Qatar Airways’ current fleet includes the Airbus A330 long-haul aircraft, one of the most spacious jets in the sky featuring Qatar Airways’ seat-cum-flat beds in First and Business Class.
With an award-winning interactive Audio Video On Demand system which allows passengers in all three classes to view a large selection of programmes on their individual TV screens and listen to scores of audio options, Qatar Airways is widely seen as an airline of choice.
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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