Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways is pleased to announce legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong and fellow spacewalkers Jim Lovell and Gene Cernan recently experienced the carrier’s award-winning Five Star service on a ‘Legends of Aerospace Tour’ mission to the Gulf.
Armstrong – the first man to set foot on the moon – Apollo 13 mission commander Jim Lovell and the last man on the moon, Gene Cernan, flew from the United States to Bahrain via Doha.
The ‘Legends of Aerospace Tour’ takes legendary American aviators and astronauts around the world to meet U.S. military personnel stationed overseas.
Qatar Airways transported the entourage from Washington DC to Bahrain, where troops greeted them aboard the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. A panel discussion by the group, moderated by David Hartman, the first host of the TV show Good Morning America, was followed by opportunities to meet troops.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “On behalf of the entire Qatar Airways Group, it was a great pleasure to have such an elite and legendary group of astronauts and aviators, who have made a significant mark on the history of mankind, travel on our airline.”
Upon the tour’s return to the United States, Al Baker personally hosted the trio at Qatar Airways’ Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport. The Premium Terminal, for exclusive use by the airline’s First and Business Class passengers, features facilities ranging from exclusive concierge-style seated check-in, to duty free shopping, spa treatment rooms and fine dining.
The ‘Legends of Aerospace Tour’ is organised by Armed Forces Entertainment and the USO in association with Morale Entertainment.
Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 93 aircraft to 95 diverse business and leisure destinations from Doha to cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North and South America. By 2013, it plans to serve over 120 destinations with more than 120 aircraft. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 24 Airbus A320 Family 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 is scheduled to open. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com
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