Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways is once again participating at the Farnborough Air Show in southern England with its own dedicated chalet at one of the world’s leading aerospace industry events.
The Doha-based airline is the only carrier exhibiting at this year’s show, being held between July 17 – 23.
Professionals from the worldwide aerospace industry will gather at the week-long event, which will also attract aviation enthusiasts and members of the public.
Static displays of military and civilian aircraft will be a key feature of the show, aside from the usual business-to-business meetings between airlines and manufacturers from around the world of commercial aircraft, military jets, helicopters and engines.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker heads a delegation from the airline’s headquarters in Doha to Farnborough, where the airline has a luxurious chalet to showcase its award-winning Five Star hospitality.
Al Baker said: “Farnborough Air Show is one of the key events on the aerospace industry calendar where we are able to meet aircraft manufacturers and look to the future for our aircraft needs.
“We look forward to welcoming industry professionals to our chalet and are proud to say that we are the only airline with a physical presence at the show. It is a clear indication that we want to be among the movers and shakers in an industry that is growing at a phenomenal rate.”
He added: “The event gives us the opportunity to network and meet our business partners – and we look forward to a highly productive week.
“Qatar Airways is already a leading player in the international aviation arena and we are determined to strengthen our position even more.”
Qatar Airways’ chalet features a reception, lounge, dining and private meeting areas. There will be a large complement of Qatar Airways cabin crew present and the airline will be highlighting its new-look premium cabin inflight service, which has been gradually introduced on long-haul flights to destinations such as London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Paris, Osaka and Hong Kong.
Qatar Airways is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines and recognised among an elite group of only four carriers with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency.
With a fleet of 47 all-Airbus aircraft, Qatar Airways operates to 70 destinations worldwide from its operational hub of Doha, capital of the State of Qatar.
Akbar Al Baker has been instrumental in turning around the airline’s fortunes, relaunching it in 1997 from a small regional carrier to a fully-fledged international operation. He has earned huge recognition for his work, including being named Airline Personality of the Year at the World Travel Awards in 2005 and guiding the company to become Airline of the Year at the recent Middle East and North Africa (MENA) annual awards.
The State of Qatar is focused on developing Qatar as a key aviation hub in the Middle East over the next few years. The opening of the New Doha International Airport in 2009 is one step towards achieving the goal.
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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