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PressRelease_10Jan09

Qatar Airways Introduces Inflight Yoga

Qatar Airways Introduces Inflight Yoga


Doha, QATAR – As many passengers pledge New Year resolutions to remain fit and healthy, Qatar Airways is taking steps to help them meet their goals with the introduction of a new onboard yoga guide and tips on how to stay relaxed and rejuvenated in flight.



Especially customised for long-haul fliers, the new four-page “Fly Healthy, Fly Fit” guide has been prepared by Qatar Airways in association with “The Chopra Center for Wellbeing” and its world-renowned co-founder Deepak Chopra.



Qatar Airways presents a simple and effective range of relaxation techniques, which have been specially created by Deepak Chopra for the airline’s passengers. Deepak Chopra’s holistic approach fuses modern medical knowledge with the ancient science of Ayurveda and the art of yoga. It provides passengers with easy exercise routines, enabling them to feel more balanced and relaxed during long flights.



Gentle stretches to encourage blood circulation, with soothing self-massages of the neck, arms and hands, as well as step-by-step yoga postures to relieve tension can all be done from the comfort of their seat even with the seat belt fastened. The guide, printed in English and Arabic, allows passengers to easily navigate their way through a variety of techniques with clear illustrations of the exercises.



In an attempt to make the in-flight experience more enriching and less a means to pass time, the guide contains meditation practices to reduce stress, so travellers reach their destination relaxed and rejuvenated. In particular, being aware of one’s breathing – the conscious in- and exhale process – is a powerful tool to fight anxiety and jet lag.



While Qatar Airways’ “Fly Healthy, Fly Fit” guide has been tailored to enhance the quality of the in-flight experience, all of the techniques shown can be used pre- and post-flight for a more healthy and balanced life.



With the new wellbeing in-flight programme, Qatar Airways emphasises its most important goal of enhancing the customer experience onboard.



Speaking about the new programme, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to have teamed up with the world renowned Deepak Chopra and hisChopra Center for Wellbeing to offer our passengers the ultimate relaxation techniques during their flights.



“We recognise the importance of air travel for today’s travellers, particularly frequent fliers, and how essential it is for them to remain healthy during long journeys. The new programme administered in association with Deepak Chopra will help ensure passengers have a positive, stress-free and fully refreshing flying experience.”



The Indian-American medical doctor Deepak Chopra is regarded as one of the world’s greatest leaders in the field of mind-body medicine. He has written numerous best-selling books, is a popular keynote speaker at prestigious events and has lectured at renowned universities such as Harvard Medical School. Alongside Deepak Chopra’s travelling tips, the guide also provides passengers with useful health advice on motion sickness and travelling with medical conditions.



For more information on Deepak’s workshops and healing center, visit www.chopra.com.



To find additional tips for staying balanced and healthy when you travel, please visit www.chopra.com/qatar.


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 was named as having the ‘World’s Leading Business Class’ by the World Travel Awards in December 2008 and 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’ first route launch of 2009 will be to Houston – its third US gateway city – on March 30. The daily non-stop service will operate using a brand new Boeing 777-200LR aircraft and make the Doha – Houston route one of the longest in the world with a flight time of almost 17 hours. Qatar Airways today operates a young and modern fleet of 65 Boeing and Airbus aircraft serving 83 cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America.



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