Le Bourget, PARIS AIR SHOW – Qatar Airways has appointed Ted Button as Senior Vice-President of its new corporate jet subsidiary Qatar Executive.
Button, a veteran of the aviation industry, brings with him more than 25 years experience in jet aircraft management in the United States and over 30 years as a professional pilot.
He takes charge of the new subsidiary, which will begin operating with an initial fleet of three Bombardier corporate jets next month, based in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar.
Button joins the company from New Jersey-based ProFlite, an aircraft charter and management company, where he was President and Director of Operations from 2006 until recently.
The setting up of Qatar Executive demonstrates Qatar Airways’ ongoing robust global growth strategy and continued commitment to the Middle East business travel community, particularly the premium market segment looking for more flexibility as well as value for money.
Said Button: “I am delighted to be joining Qatar Airways at such an exciting and challenging time in the global aviation industry.
“The Middle East is underserved in the corporate aircraft segment, and by utilising the Five Star service of Qatar Airways as a model to build a new corporate jet venture is, I believe, the right way forward to capitalise on this key market segment.”
Button will be responsible for the entire operation of the corporate jet subsidiary, which will comprise two new Bombardier Challenger 605 aircraft, due to be delivered later this month. They will join a recently-delivered Bombardier Challenger 300 aircraft to Qatar Executive.
Qatar Executive has also launched a website www.qatarexec.com.qa for prospective customers to make enquiries.
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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