DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways today celebrated the arrival of its 25th Boeing Dreamliner at the Dubai Airshow, in a ceremony hosted by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker and attended by Ray Conner, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and the United States Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Her Excellency Dana Shell Smith.
“This is a milestone event for Qatar Airways and Boeing, and we are happy to celebrate with everyone at the Dubai Airshow,” said Mr. Al Baker. “Qatar Airways has grown significantly since our first Dreamliner delivery in 2012, when we were the Middle East launch customer of the aircraft. In three short years, we have taken delivery of 25 787s and fly it nearly two million kilometres a week from Doha. This aircraft provides more comfort for our passengers and better efficiency for our airline, and we are thrilled to be the airline with the most Dreamliners in its fleet in the Middle East.”
One of the unique features of the Dreamliner are its windows with automatic shades with pre-set levels. To celebrate the delivery of its 25th Dreamliner, Qatar Airways has launched an online community art project via its Instagram account, called “#787Filter.” Instagram enthusiasts are invited to use these pre-sets as their “filter” and submit original art work using the tag #787Filter on their Instagram accounts. Instagram popularized the use of filters to enhance photos, and the social network is now the most popular image-posting site in the world, with more than 300 million users world-wide.
Qatar Airways’ 25th Dreamliner sports a signature decal on its nose, identifying it as the milestone delivery from Boeing’s Everett facility in Seattle, Washington. This aircraft, officially delivered to the airline in a ceremony in Everett on November 4th, then flew directly to the Dubai Airshow, with a brief stopover in Doha.
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, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. 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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