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Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Qatar Duty Free, a subsidiary of Qatar Airways, has launched its biggest ever jackpot raffle prize giving lucky passengers the chance to win US$1million in its new millionaire draw.Passengers flying to and from Doha International Airport will be able to purchase raffle tickets, each priced at QAR950. Purchases can be made on departure, arrival, as well as the VIP area of the airport.For every 5,000 tickets sold, Qatar Duty Free will conduct a draw within the duty free shopping area at Doha International Airport in the presence of passengers and the glare of international media.One lucky person will emerge as an instant Dollar Millionaire.Qatar Duty Free is not restricting the initiative to just one draw. Passengers will have the chance to win the jackpot prize each time 5,000 tickets are sold.Qatar Duty Free and Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the US$1million draw would be the biggest-ever cash prize in the history of the company and, indeed, in the State of Qatar.“We are extremely delighted to launch this exciting new initiative which promises to appeal to passengers flying to and from Doha International Airport, as well as transiting through the airport.“Qatar Duty Free has enjoyed tremendous success since launching the Qatar Riyal Millionaire raffle draw three years ago. Today, we are pleased to take a step further by announcing the launch of yet another prize draw, which gives passengers the opportunity to win a mammoth US$1million and become an instant millionaire.“This is a cash promotion that we have been working on for some time. Doha International Airport today handles around 8 million passengers a year, representing an average 35 per cent growth year on year. So more passengers have the opportunity to purchase these wonderful tickets.”Added Qatar Duty Free Assistant General Manager Krishna Kumari: “It’s been three years since we launched our first millionaire initiative and so far we have been able to bring excitement and joy into the lives of six lucky people who have become instant millionaires.“We hope to replicate this success with the launch of our new millionaire raffle and look forward to drawing a money-spinning winning ticket and presenting our first Dollar Millionaire cheque to a lucky winner in the next few weeks or months.”Qatar Duty Free, a profitable subsidiary of Qatar Airways, has been enjoying significant growth year on year, helped by a ramping up of its presence in the departures and arrivals area at Doha International Airport, the airline’s operational hub.The store has undergone substantial refurbishment to improve its appearance and product assortment. The new-look Qatar Duty Free offers passengers a wider choice of products at competitive prices, together with a thoroughly enjoyable shopping experience. Qatar Duty Free stocks a large number of product lines ranging from perfumes, cosmetics, beverages, snacks, toys, jewellery and watches featuring leading international brands. A dedicated men’s fashion area and a premium jewellery section are the latest additions.Qatar Airways currently carries more than six million passengers a year with a modern fleet of 46 all-Airbus aircraft, which will almost triple in size to 110 jets by 2015. The airline plans to acquire up to 80 new aircraft in orders worth a total US$16billion.
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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