Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA – Qatar Airways recently partnered with Cambodia Airports offering 15 youngsters the opportunity to tour one of its aircraft on International Children’s Day and celebrating the carrier’s 100th flight to the capital Phnom Penh.
The aircraft visit was a dream come true for the children as they were welcomed by Qatar Airways’ pilots and cabin crew onboard the airline’s Airbus A330.
Aged between 9 and 12 years, the children were from Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (For a Child’s Smile), a non-government organisation which focuses on educating orphaned children.
From visiting the cockpit to meeting the crew, the youngsters were thrilled to see the aircraft up close and personal.
There were smiles all round as Qatar Airways’ cabin crew gave away special gifts onboard. Through this initiative, Qatar Airways hopes to open up the wonderful world of aviation to these children inspiring them to become the aviators of tomorrow.
The event also coincided with the celebration of Qatar Airways’ 100th flight to Cambodia’s capital city. Qatar Airways has been operating daily flights from Doha to Phnom Penh International Airport since February.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he was delighted the airline could help fulfill the dreams and provide smiles all around for the youngsters.
“To bring smiles to children is always a great pleasure and Qatar Airways is thrilled to have given these young children an opportunity of a lifetime to see a plane close-up and tour the aircraft with our crew.”
Added Qatar Airways Country Manager Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos, Rohan Seneviratne: "Participating in the event was both a privilege and a humbling experience. It was most gratifying for us at Qatar Airways see so many excited children onboard our aircraft.”
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 124 aircraft to 128 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.
The airline has so far launched six destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman) and Basra (Iraq).
Over the next few months, the network will grow further with Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Chengdu, China (September 3), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 28) and Philadelphia, USA (2 April 2014).
Qatar Airways was recently named worldwide partner of Educate A Child (EAC), a global education programme designed to ensure every child has access to a quality education. Launched by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar in November 2012, Educate A Child addresses the plight of 61 million out-of-school children around the world.
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Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. In addition to winning Skytrax’s prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 and 2012, Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best Premium Service Airport for the third consecutive year in 2013. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry. In October 2012, Qatar Airways became the first of the major Gulf carriers to officially announce plans to join a global alliance having been invited into the oneworld group. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com