Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways will complete its historical participation at the 2007 Dubai Air Show Thursday following landmark aircraft orders with Boeing, and deals with leading fuel and aviation companies to develop environmentally friendly aviation fuel.
HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar, was in Dubai as an honoured guest for the five day event.
During the show, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker inked a number of deals including firm aircraft orders from Boeing worth an estimated US$13.5 billion at list prices, for 30 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft and 27 Boeing 777s. A further 35 Boeing aircraft are on option. His Excellency Sheikh Hamad presided over the signing.
Qatar Airways also signed a Joint Agreement with Qatar Petroleum, Shell, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Woqod, and Qatar Science & Technology Park to investigate fuel-related benefits of using synthetic jet fuels to power aviation turbine engines. The ‘Working Together Agreement’ would see Qatar Airways become the first commercial airline in the world to operate flights using gas-to-liquids kerosene fuel.
Use of the new technology would provide an environmentally friendly alternative to current aviation fuels, helping to significantly reduce carbon emissions and reduce the impact on climate change.
The airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker was extremely delighted with events at the bi-annual air show, now the third largest in the world, saying Qatar Airways continues to pave the way as an industry leader and innovator.
“Reducing the airline’s carbon footprint by running our aircraft solely on GTL fuel will set a new standard in international aviation, making Qatar Airways the greenest airline in the world. We are extremely proud to be at the forefront of this movement.
Added Al Baker: “Dubai Air Show has proved a phenomenal success yet again. We have been delighted by the huge level of response from visitors to our chalet and our exhibition stand. Qatar Airways looks forward to participating at the next air show in two year’s time at Dubai’s new airport. “
Qatar Airways also signed a deal with UK-based company QinetiQ, to provide a foreign object debris (FOD) detection system that will be implemented along the runway at the Doha International Airport. The airline also discussed similar systems for the New Doha International Airport.
The Dubai Air Show, now in its 10th year broke records, with deals worth over US$130 billion signed amongst participants. Well over 40,000 visitors attended the week-long event with numbers expecting to be even greater when the show moves to the city’s new international airport in two years’ time.
The airline once again showcased its award-winning hospitality with a luxurious chalet draped in its burgundy corporate colours. The airline’s lie-flat First Class seat-cum-bed and two Business Class seats were on display at Qatar Airways’ exhibition stand.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 58 all-Airbus aircraft to 79 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Far East, Indian subcontinent and North America. The highlight of this year's expansion has been the launch of flights to New York (Newark) and Washington DC - the airline's first move into the North American market.
With a growing international network, more travellers have an opportunity to use Qatar Airways’ Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport, exclusively for departing First and Business Class passengers.
The Premium Terminal features facilities including a spa, jacuzzi, exclusive duty free shopping, business centre and fine dining restaurants. Built in just nine months, the US$90 million terminal is the world’s first commercial passenger building dedicated to First and Business Class passengers and offers departing and transit passengers an excellent opportunity to relax and unwind prior to their flight.
Qatar Airways is one of only five 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 12 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
Qatar Airways’ award-winning Privilege Club recently won an unprecedented eight accolades at the annual US-based Freddie Awards, designed to honour loyalty programmes across the global travel industry. For more information, visit www.qmiles.com
Doha-based Qatar Airways will have a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2015 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s in a deal worth more than US$16 billion, and 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter beginning 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 2009, when the first phase of the new facility is scheduled to open. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
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