Ahmedabad, INDIA – Qatar Airways rounded off a busy year of expansion on a high note with a spectacular concert by Bollywood playback singer Sonu Niigaam in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.
The singer song-writer, actor and TV host kept the specially-invited guests captivated with hit after hit of Hindi songs from the Indian movie industry in which he has worked for more than 15 years.
Known as the ‘Golden Boy of Indipop’, Sonu Niigaam and his Mumbai musicians thrilled the crowd with a gripping two-hour exclusive concert, held at an outdoor venue in Ahmedabad.
Bollywood actress Mandira Bedi was compere for the evening, during which two pairs of tickets were raffled giving lucky winners the choice of flying to anywhere on Qatar Airways’ global network.
The evening, hosted by Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, rounded what has been a remarkable year of growth for the Doha-based airline as Ahmedabad also marked its 11th route launch of 2007.
Al Baker said afterwards: “It’s been a wonderful night of entertainment and I am glad to see our guests from across the corporate world and travel industry here in Ahmedabad fully enjoy themselves.
“2007 has been an incredible year for Qatar Airways with our daily Doha – Ahmedabad services being our newest and last route launch of 2007, taking our international network up to an incredible 81 destinations worldwide.”
Ahmedabad, the gateway to Gujarat State, is the region’s commercial and cultural capital – and sixth largest city in India.
Qatar Airways now operates 51 flights a week between Qatar and eight cities across India – the others being Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Trivandrum, Cochin, Hyderabad, and Nagpur.
The airline offers an excellent choice of connections for passengers from India to destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America and, even the Far East with a modern fleet of 59 aircraft.
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. During the 2006/07 financial year, Qatar Airways carried more than 8 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
The airline will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2015 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, together with 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started last month. 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 2009, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com