Doha, QATAR – More than 200 travel trade industry executives from across Qatar were treated to national airline Qatar Airways’ renowned hospitality during an exclusive Sohour during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Representatives from local travel agencies and related travel industry companies were invited to an evening of fine food and entertainment in the colourfully decked out Al Dasha Room within the five-star resort complex of Sharq Village & Spa in Doha.
Hosted by the airline’s Doha Sales team, the annual Ramadan event is a highlight of the airline’s Doha Sales’ office calendar and is seen as an ideal opportunity to network with the local travel trade.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the local market in Qatar remained buoyant, continuing to see strong sales despite the state of the current global economic climate.
“Qatar Airways is proud to join together with its partners and celebrate the spirit of giving generously, which is honoured during the holy month of Ramadan,” said Al Baker.
“The local travel trade has been as supportive as ever of our business and we are extremely delighted to see so many of our partners join us for a nice evening of relaxation and networking.
“Our home market in Qatar is one of the most important for Qatar Airways and we look forward to strengthening ties to develop business even further.”
The Sohour was hosted by Qatar Airways’ Senior Vice President Commercial Fathi Al Shehab, who oversees commercial operations in Doha, and Regional Manager Qatar Ehab Abdel Fattah Amin. The airline’s Executive Vice President Commercial Bart Vos also attended the function.
“Qatar Airways recognises the importance of these strong relationships between the airline and the local travel trade,” said Fathi Al Shehab, adding, “we value their contribution and great support.”
Light entertainment by a live Arabic musical ensemble provided a traditional ambience to the evening, which also included a lavish buffet spread. Guests received gift boxes at the end of the night.
The event marked the end of a busy Ramadan month of preparations for Qatar Airways, which is gearing up for three route launches over the next three months.
Qatar Airways will begin services to two Indian cities in October. Flights to Amritsar are being launched on October 11 followed two weeks later by services to Goa on October 25. Beginning December 6, Qatar Airways will begin its first scheduled services to Australia when it launches flights to Melbourne.
The airline is also expecting deliveries of new aircraft at an average of one new plane a month over the next two years, including the latest state-of-the-art Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft which will serve Melbourne, followed by Sydney in 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 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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