Doha, QATAR – Qatar Duty Free, a subsidiary of Qatar Airways, has announced the latest winner of its US$1 million bumper raffle – its biggest ever prize – turning one lucky passenger into an instant millionaire.
And what a delight it was for winner Roopesh Kumar Kidavunil, from India, who bought his winning ticket en route to his home state of Kerala to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.
“This has really taken us by surprise,” said 31-year-old Roopesh, on learning of the win following the draw ceremony at Doha International Airport. He becomes Qatar Duty Free’s third US dollar millionaire.
Married with a four-month-old son, Roopesh lives in Doha and works for Qatar Petroleum. He said the news had brought “great joy” to his family. The Kidavunil family has lived in the Qatari capital for three years.
“What a great prize and a double celebration for my baby son and the family,” he added. When asked what he planned to do with his prize money, Roopesh said his priority would be towards supporting his family.
The US dollar millionaire raffle was launched in May 2006 giving passengers a great opportunity to win the bumper prize as each draw is made after 5,000 tickets are sold. Departing and transiting passengers at Doha International Airport are able to purchase raffle tickets, each priced at QAR950.
Vice-President Qatar Duty Free Krishna Kumari said: “Our congratulations go out to Mr Kidavunil and his wife – and what a great birthday gift for his new-born son.
“Qatar Duty Free has enjoyed tremendous success since launching the Qatar Riyal Millionaire Draw five years ago,” she said, adding, “since we upgraded to a bigger prize last year offering one million dollars, the response from the travelling public has been fantastic and now we welcome our third US dollar millionaire in what has proved an exciting and highly popular draw.”
Qatar Duty Free has been enjoying significant growth year on year, helped by a ramping up of its presence in the departures and arrivals area at Doha International Airport, the airline’s operational hub.
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. Qatar Airways 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 opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
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