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Qatar Airways Supports World Diabetes Day

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways collaborated with the Qatar Diabetes Association to promote healthy eating in recognition of World Diabetes Day on November 14.

As part of the promotion, the airline teamed up with the association in designing an in-flight menu made up of healthy food options. The special one-off menu was served onboard Qatar Airways intra-Gulf flights on World Diabetes Day.

The airline’s Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the Doha-based carrier already served the highest quality food and welcomed the chance to highlight Qatar Airways as a conscientious and socially responsilble airline.

“Qatar Airways understands the importance of eating healthy in order to prevent the onset of sicknesses like diabetes. I certainly encourage my staff to eat well and live healthy lifestyles. Highlighting quality food intake on board our flights is a great way to let our passengers know that we care for their wellbeing. 

“With the Gulf region having among the highest rates of diabetes in the entire world, the initiative from Qatar Diabetes Association is one that Qatar Airways welcomed and fully supported.”

Al Baker added: “The menus turned out to be very similar to what we already serve our passengers on a day-to-day basis, which is a great compliment to the quality of our in-flight meal service – that Qatar Airways presents healthy nutritious food to its passengers.”

In addition to the special meal service, Qatar Airways is also featuring an article on preventing diabetes in the current November issue of its in-flight magazine, Oryx. The editorial features recipes and tips on which foods are best to have – and best to avoid.

Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world to be awarded a five-star ranking by independent industry monitoring agency Skytrax, an accolade the airline has maintained since 2004.

In the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2008, Qatar Airways’ First and Business Class food offerings were ranked among the top five in the world. Its Economy Class menu selection was also highly praised.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 64 Airbus and Boeing aircraft from its Doha hub to 83 key business and leisure cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America.

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

Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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