Farnborough Air Show, UNITED KINGDOM – Qatar Airways is once again participating with a dedicated chalet at the Farnborough Air Show in southern England – one of the world’s leading aerospace industry events.
Tens of thousands of visitors from around the world are expected at the biggest ever show in the event’s 60th anniversary year when it kicks off tomorrow (July 14). More than 1,500 exhibitors are taking part in the show, set to attract aerospace industry professionals, aviation enthusiasts and members of the public.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker will lead a delegation of management from head office in Doha to the week-long event, which runs from July 14 – 20. The airline has a luxurious chalet featuring a reception area, lounge, dining and private meeting rooms showcasing its award-winning Five Star hospitality.
During the show, the world’s media is set to descend on a press conference hosted by Al Baker, at which he will make a significant announcement.
“Farnborough Air Show is one of the key events on the aerospace industry calendar, where we are able to meet our industry colleagues from the aircraft manufacturing sector and discuss our future aircraft needs,” said Al Baker.
“At a time of doom and gloom facing the global aviation industry, Qatar Airways is showing its commitment to what it believes is an industry with a vibrant future. We are proud to be flying the flag for the Middle East and global aviation industry as a whole.”
Static displays of military and civilian aircraft will be a key feature at Farnborough. Airlines and global manufacturers of commercial aircraft, military jets, helicopters and engines will be on hand to display their latest products.
Qatar Airways operates a young and modern fleet of 62 Boeing and Airbus aircraft to 83 cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent, Far East and North America. Qatar Airways currently has outstanding orders for more than 200 aircraft worth over US$30 billion.
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 2011 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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