Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is supporting efforts to celebrate the country’s State National Day. A number of initiatives have been sanctioned by the airline’s Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker to support the growing appreciation of the December 18 anniversary that recognises a pivotal moment in the history of the formation of modern-day Qatar.
As part of the celebrations, airline staff will be handing out Qatari flags to its passengers travelling through Doha International Airport on Thursday. Boarding passes will be stamped with a special National Day celebration symbol, while a link to the Qatar National Day website on qatarairways.com and an editorial in the airline’s December in-flight magazine highlight the occasion to a global audience.
The latest edition of the airline’s in-flight magazine features an article on Sheikh Jassim bin Muhammad bin Thani, a man who assumed leadership over Qatar on 18 December 1878, and is widely credited as being the founding father of the State of Qatar.
Al Baker emphasised the airline’s commitment to carry the story of Qatar around the world:
“Qatar Airways proudly represents the State of Qatar in over 80 destinations. The airline is one of the leading lights in marketing Qatar globally and we are extremely dedicated and proud to promote this country and its history with our award-winning 5-star service,” he said.
Further actions include special holiday packages from Qatar Airways Holidays – the tour-operating arm of Qatar Airways – in celebration of the festive season and coinciding with the State National Day holiday.
Packages include something to suit all holidays and budgets. Family vacations, romantic getaways, sun and sand beach escapes or culture and shopping city break, there are plenty of deals on offer, taking advantage of Qatar Airways’ extensive network of routes across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America.
About Qatar Airways: 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 one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012. At the Farnborough Air Show in July, the airline also ordered six Airbus A321s. Qatar Airways is due to move to the New Doha International Airport in 2011 when the first phase of the new facility is scheduled to open. 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 sixth year running in 2008 and the airline was voted Best in the Middle East for the third year in a row following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
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