Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways today ended its participation at the Farnborough Air Show in southern England, hailing one of the world’s leading aerospace industry events a huge success.
The airline’s Farnborough presence was in the form of a luxurious chalet overlooking static and aerial aircraft displays. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker hosted top airline industry figures during the week at the chalet, where the airline was proud to showcase its award-winning Five Star hospitality.
Highlight of Qatar Airways’ presence was an order for up to six Airbus A321 aircraft – four firm and two on option. Al Baker announced the deal with Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders at a packed press conference on day two of the show.
“Qatar Airways is delighted to have once again taken part in this prestigious show, which gave us significant brand presence and reinforced our position as a key player in the Middle East and global aviation,” said Al Baker.
The Farnborough Airshow, which celebrated its 60th anniversary this year, attracted tens of thousands of visitors and over 1,500 exhibitors, making it the largest show to date.
Static and aerial displays of military and civilian aircraft were a key feature at Farnborough and many visitors took advantage of being able to get up close to the industry’s latest products, as well as vintage aircraft. Highlights included the Airbus A380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world, and a trademark Farnborough display by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – The Red Arrows.
Qatar Airways operates a young and modern fleet of 62 Boeing and Airbus aircraft to 83 cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America. The airline currently has outstanding orders for more than 200 aircraft worth over US$30 billion.
Qatar Airways is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines and recognised among an elite group of only six carriers with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency.
The airline’s cabin crew have been voted Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 by Skytrax following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. During the 2007/08 financial year. Qatar Airways expects to have carried around 10 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. During 2007, Qatar Airways ordered 80 Airbus A350s, together with 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s. The airline has ordered five of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves 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
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