SINGAPORE – Qatar Airways hosted guests and visitors today on the opening day of the Singapore Airshow 2016 on board its state-of-the-art fleet. The award-winning carrier had three of its latest-generation aircraft on static display at Asia Pacific’s largest aerospace event.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, also welcomed Mr. Pang Kin Keong, the permanent secretary for Singapore’s Ministry of Transport and other senior level officials, trade partners and members of the press on board the airline’s flagship A350 aircraft, for which it was the global launch customer.
Since its inception in 2008, the Singapore Airshow has evolved into Asia’s largest aviation event. This year marks the second time Qatar Airways is participating at the Singapore Airshow, traditionally a platform and opportunity for trade, media and aviation enthusiasts to experience industry developments.
H.E. Mr. Al Baker said: “Our presence at the Singapore Airshow this year is very much enhanced as compared to the last edition. Visitors at the showgrounds are greeted by some of the latest and most technologically advanced aircraft in our fleet. Our three aircraft on display – the A350, A380 and G650ER – are among the best in the market place right now, and we are extremely pleased to be able to showcase the future of aviation today for our visitors."
Among the stellar line-up of aircraft on display is Qatar Airways' A350, which has recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of operations in January. Qatar Airways now flies the A350 to four destinations – Frankfurt, Munich, Philadelphia and Singapore – and is the first airline to fly the A350 to three continents; Asia, Europe and North America. Singapore has the distinction of being the first country in Asia to host commercial service of the A350, in May 2015. Presently, all three of Qatar Airways’ daily flights from Singapore to Doha are serviced by the ground-breaking A350 aircraft – signifying the importance of the Republic to Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways’ Gulfstream G650ER also made its debut in the Southeast Asia region at the Singapore Airshow 2016. The business jet is the first of 30 latest-generation Gulfstream aircraft to be ordered by Qatar Executive, the private jet division of Qatar Airways Group. The Gulfstream is equipped with industry-leading cabin technology and unparalleled cabin comfort with seats that can be converted to fully flat beds for a good night’s rest. The G650ER joins Qatar Executive’s existing long-range fleet of eight modern Bombardier aircraft, including three Challenger 605s, four Global 5000s, a Global XRS, and a 40-seat Airbus A319 All-Premium Class aircraft, all available for worldwide charter.
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. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 176 aircraft flying to more than 150 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 launched Oryx One in 2015, 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 as well as select A320 and 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 176 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes seven Airbus 330, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.
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