Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways has introduced a new section to its website qatarairways.com/corporate to allow the airline’s corporate customers easier access to relevant functions related to their travel needs.
The new Corporate Travel section consolidates information found throughout Qatar Airways’ comprehensive website into a concise reference guide, and allows corporate users to conduct their travel business online without having to spend time searching for their desired information and tasks.
Access to the new web page is made through the quick links box on the qatarairways.com homepage.
Included in the Corporate Travel section is brief information and links to Qatar Airways’ loyalty programme Privilege Club, as well as the recently introduced Q-Biz programme, which allows small and medium-sized companies and their employees to jointly earn air miles from their flights.
Passengers can access the online check-in facility, select their preferred seat, and have their boarding pass sent to them by email or mobile phone, and even book hotel rooms through the qatarairways.com website.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the airline had made strategic developments to its online features over the past 12 – 18 months to better serve its corporate travel client base and to attract new clientele to the award-winning airline.
“The airline recognises the need to provide its customers with the latest technology and quality services to assist with their travel requirements. This is true for all aspects of our business, from the in-flight entertainment system through to innovations such as online check-in and mobile phone boarding passes,” said Al Baker.
“Qatar Airways places significant importance on its corporate accounts, and the new section on the website allows for easy access to the services they need, such as the recently introduced Qbiz programme.”
The airline was recently voted Airline Of The Year 2009 at the annual Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) Awards in London, the premier UK travel industry awards ceremony. TTG Editor Lucy Huxley said Qatar Airways won in part because of the transformation of its corporate trade relations.
This included making online offers available to travel agents; establishing new partnerships with tour operators; initiating a series of trade roadshows and familiarisation trips; and the launch of a new online training programme for agents.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 71 aircraft to 84 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America. Beginning 6 December, Qatar Airways will launch flights to Australia with non-stop direct services to Melbourne. The new route will offer passengers one of the quickest travel options between London and Melbourne. Direct non-stop services to Sydney are schedule to begin operating in early 2010.
Qatar Airways’ Economy Class has been voted Best in the World in the annual Skytrax passenger survey, in which more than 16 million travellers were polled. Ranked Five Star for service and excellence by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency also voted Qatar Airways’ cabin crew Best in the Middle East for the seventh year running in 2009 and Best Airline in the Middle East for the fourth consecutive year. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 24 Airbus A320 Family of aircraft, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline has aircraft orders for more than 220 jets worth over US$40 billion and is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012, by which time the New Doha International Airport would have opened. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
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