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Qatar Airways Flew In VIPs And Delegates To Doha

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways flew in high-profile VIPs and Delegates to the Second South Summit of the G77 & China in Doha from around the world.

The Qatari capital hosted the week-long event, which runs until June 16 for what is one of the biggest occasions ever staged in the city.

The airline’s award-winning service will came under the spotlight as many of the 5,000 officials and journalists flew with Qatar Airways for a summit of more than 130 member countries.

Nations from as far afield as south-east Asia, South America and the Caribbean are among those participating in the summit.

Qatar Airways is also showcasing its award-winning Business Class product in a dedicated stand at the Qatar International Exhibition Centre in Doha where delegates held key workshops.

Government leaders and heads of state were be joined by senior officials as the Group of 77 and China discussed issues covering trade cooperation, economic growth and challenges faced by the participating nations, many of which are developing countries.

The G77 is the largest Third World coalition in the United Nations with the main aim of promoting collective economic interests and enhance joint negotiations on a global scale.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he was honoured that the airline was flying in high-profile delegates and help enhance Qatar’s position on the global map.

“Qatar Airways is privileged to be a key ambassador for such high-level participants at the G77 & China Summit. We hope our onboard hospitality is an excellent introduction to the high level of hospitality Qatar as a country is renowned for.”

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 40 all-Airbus aircraft to 64 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Indian sub-continent and the Far East. By the end of 2005, the airline plans to serve at least 70 destinations.

Qatar Airways recently placed significant orders worth US$15.2 billion with both Airbus and Boeing. While it had placed $5.1bn order for 34 additional Airbus aircraft signed in 2003. The airline is one of the launch customers of the twin-deck A380 ‘super jumbos’ with four aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2009 to coincide with the opening of the New Doha International Airport.

Qatar Airways is one of only four airlines in the world to be ranked a Five Star carrier for excellent service and high standards by Skytrax.

Skytrax also ranked Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as the best in the Middle East in 2005 for the third year running and fifth best in the world following a survey of more than 12 million passengers worldwide.

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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