DUBAI, UAE – Qatar Executive, Qatar Airways’ corporate jet division, has been recognised with an award for its ‘Outstanding Growth’ since its foundation at the annual Gulf Aviation Networking Event (GANE 2015) held at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.
The annual ‘Aviation Achievement Award’ recognises players from commercial and business aviation as well as airports and aviation solution partners for their exceptional contributions to the region’s aviation industry.
The award was presented to Qatar Executive against the backdrop of the division’s major expansion across its entire service portfolio and operations, including the ground-breaking order for 30 Gulfstream aircraft in May 2015.
The first Gulfstream G650ER will join Qatar Executive’s fleet in the last quarter of this year and strengthen the company’s position as one of the premier private jet operators in the region and worldwide.
The order will triple Qatar Executive’s fleet and establish Qatar Airways’ business jet division as the largest Gulfstream operator in the Middle East.
Executive Vice President of Qatar Executive David Edwards, who also participated at a panel discussion on business aviation at the event, received the award on behalf of Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker during a ceremony attended by leading figures from across the regional travel and aviation industry.
Al Baker said: “Being recognised for Qatar Executive’s ‘Outstanding Growth’ is a significant achievement and proud moment for the national airline’s corporate jet division.”
He added: “Winning this award is a great honour and testament to the hard work which has been put into our corporate jet division, and we are looking forward to introducing our new Gulfstream G650ER into service as well as continuous service level enhancements for our most discerning customers.”
The award took into account Qatar Executive’s growth and other major accomplishments achieved during its history.
Qatar Executive’s aircraft management service, for example, recently received a significant boost as the operator added three privately owned jets to its growing fleet.
In addition, Qatar Executive also received a 40-seat A319 All-Premium aircraft in February 2015, which is available for worldwide charter for larger groups. The aircraft has been designed to meet the elite requirements of corporate travel, VIP delegations and sports teams.
Geographically, Qatar Executive continued its expansion by reinforcing its strategy to tap into global growth markets. After gradually developing the market for more than a year within Greater China and South-East Asia, Qatar Executive now has a well-established presence in the region enabling customers to charter its Bombardier Global 5000 which is stationed in Hong Kong and Macao.
Last but not least, the construction works at Qatar Executive’s new Fixed Based Operation facility in Doha are advancing. The full service private aviation hub is set to be completed by the end of 2015 and promises to create a memorable travel experience for Qatar Executive’s guests as well as operators through its elegant design, exclusive offer of services and genuine hospitality.
Qatar Executive currently operates a long-range fleet of eight modern Bombardier aircraft including three Challenger 605s, four Global 5000s and a Global XRS with a two cabin configuration and a capacity for up to 13 passengers.
Notes to Editors:
About Qatar Executive:
Qatar Airways first announced at the Paris Air Show in 2009 the formation of a corporate jet subsidiary – Qatar Executive – as part of the airline’s ongoing robust global growth strategy, and continued commitment to the Middle East and global business travel community. Headquartered at Hamad International Airport, luxury jet services are available for worldwide charter onboard the operator’s wholly-owned all-Bombardier fleet. The fleet comprises four Global 5000s, one Global XRS and three Challenger 605s. In May 2015, Qatar Executive announced the purchase of up to 30 aircraft from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, including firm orders and options that are a combination of both of Gulfstream’s new wide-cabin aircraft, the G500 and G600, and the flagship G650ER. Qatar Executive's service portfolio includes Aircraft management, Airliner Charter, Maintenance and FBO services.
About Qatar Airways:
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. Now in its 18th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 166 aircraft flying to 152 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. 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 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 fifth 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 166 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes six Airbus 330, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.
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