Qatar Airways Chief Technical Officer Ali Ahmed Al Khuzaei (pictured left) and Qatar Airways Vice President Technical – Aircraft Programs Syed Masroor Hasan received a commemorative plaque from Airbus following a comprehensive retrofit project, which saw the cabins of three Airbus A321 and two Airbus A319 LR aircraft being converted with a totally new look.
The five retro-fitted Airbus aircraft were upgraded to the latest standards of enhanced cabin architecture and now offer seat-back TV touch screens accessing over 700 audio and visual interactive entertainment programmes in all seats across both cabins, as well as the airline’s OnAir service allowing passengers to use their mobile phones onboard for SMS, MMs, emails and internet. The 16 month-long project was successfully completed earlier this year.
Qatar Airways has been voted third best airline in the world following the annual Skytrax survey of 18 million international passengers. In the poll, the airline was also voted as having the best Business Class service and catering in the world, as well as being honoured as the Best Airline in The Middle East for the fifth consecutive year.
Qatar Airways also became the first airline to receive the Staff Service Excellence Award for the Middle East. The new award replaces the Best Cabin Staff in the Middle East category, which Qatar Airways has won for the past seven years. The expanded category now includes airline staff at all passenger touch points, including onboard, reservations, check-in and airport personnel.
Qatar Airways has orders for 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 37 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.qatarairways.com
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