DUBAI, UAE – Just days before the 14th Dubai Airshow, Qatar Airways took delivery of its 24th and 25th Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s from the Boeing facility in Everett, Washington, USA.
Flying on the aircraft for the 14.5-hour journey was the airline’s Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.
Remarked Mr. Al Baker: “When the airline took delivery of its first Dreamliner in 2012 it marked a significant shift in our fleet, with a second next-generation Boeing wide-body joining our range of 777’s already flying to a wealth of destinations.
“We now proudly fly our fleet of 25 Dreamliners all across our network, and are pleased to be providing our passengers with a new travel experience, brought to life with the technological advancements introduced with the Boeing 787.
“When we first decided to include the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in our fleet plans, it was a decision purely based on optimal efficiency and providing the very latest in aircraft cabin aerodynamics and features,” Mr. Al Baker said. “Our passengers have been very pleased with the inflight experience, and it is a welcome addition to our fleet that in total flies to 152 destinations globally.”
As Qatar Airways prepares to feature several of its latest aircraft on display in Dubai at the 14th air show in the United Arab Emirates, the 25th Dreamliner flew straight from the factory lines to the airline’s hub in Doha, en route to Dubai for static display and tours.
As the Middle East launch customer for the Boeing 787, Qatar Airways received its first Dreamliner in November 2012. Since then the airline has continued to expand as one of the world’s fastest growing airlines and it now flies to more than 150 destinations, with its fleet of Dreamliners serving 30 of those global destinations, including Amsterdam, Casablanca, Cape Town, Rome, and Tokyo Haneda.
Made up of composite materials, the 787 Dreamliner is lighter and more fuel-efficient than any comparable aircraft of its size and range, and has unique features such as larger windows, reduced cabin noise and cleaner cabin air.
Qatar Airways 787 has 254 custom-made seats across its Business and Economy Class cabins with specially designed interiors. Business Class is configured 1–2–1 with 22 seats, while Economy has 232 seats in a 3–3–3 layout. All seats in Business Class are fully reclinable.
The airline’s 787s are the world’s first fully connected Dreamliners with wireless facilities for passengers to remain in touch with friends and colleagues on the ground through the internet and SMS mobile texting across both the Business and Economy cabins.
Notes to Editors:
Qatar Airways won Airline of the Year, Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East at the 2015 Skytrax Awards. This is the third time the airline has won the accolade of Airline of the Year.
Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Qatar Airways recently launched Oryx One, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 2,000. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the five-star airline’s on-board Wifi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 40 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 170 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes six Airbus 330, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.
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