Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways was officially unveiled as KidZania Singapore’s latest industry partner this morning, at a press conference and special preview of the KidZania Singapore establishment on Sentosa Island.
Visitors entering KidZania Singapore will be welcomed at the Qatar Airways branded airport terminal, complete with check-in desks and personnel dressed in Qatar Airways uniforms. The facility is also home to the Aviation Academy where kids can immerse themselves in the world of aviation and travel.
With the help of 'Zupervisors', aspiring pilots at KidZania Singapore can experience flying two of Qatar Airways’ flagship aircraft – the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the A380 superjumbo aircraft – using state-of-the-art flight simulators. The flight simulation facility was specially designed to demonstrate taking off and landing at Qatar Airways' home base and hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha, and Singapore Changi Airport.
Kids can also role-play as Qatar Airways’ cabin crew, learning how to ensure the safety and comfort of their passengers onboard. Parents can join in the fun as they role-play as on board passengers receiving award-winning inflight hospitality from their little ones.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to partner with KidZania once again to ignite children’s imagination and bring their aviation dreams to life in an educational and entertaining way. At Qatar Airways, we aspire to go places together with our passengers and through KidZania Singapore, we hope to introduce today’s budding aviation enthusiasts to the airline environment, helping them on their journeys into an aviation-related career when they grow up.”
Voted the world’s best airline in 2015, Qatar Airways will be the Official Airline Industry Partner for KidZania Singapore, due to open in April 2016. KidZania Singapore will be the second KidZania City that the multi-award winning airline is partnering with, after KidZania Kuwait.
On arrival at the Palawan Kidz City, at Palawan Beach where KidZania Singapore is housed, visitors will be greeted with the sight of a life-size decommissioned Boeing 737 that measures over 25 metres long with a full wingspan of 28 metres. Of all the 22 KidZania cities located worldwide, KidZania Singapore will be the only theme park to showcase the full fuselage of an actual plane within its city.
To date, this multi award-winning indoor edutainment centre has attracted over 26 million visitors worldwide, and KidZania Singapore is expecting to attract 500,000 guests annually.
Through the Aviation Academy, not only can kids inch closer to their dreams of becoming pilots and cabin crew, they also gain a greater appreciation for the responsibilities and skills required to be part of the airline’s operating crew.
Mr. Leong Yue Weng, General Manager of KidZania Singapore said; “The partnership with Qatar Airways is exceptionally significant, as the plane identifies KidZania City from afar. Parents and children will have the rare chance to come up close with a real plane body, and have their first taste of the level of realism which KidZania represents, as they check-in through the airport counters. The airline establishment, in all KidZania cities, offers some of the most popular experiences and a rare insight into the aviation industry. We look forward to working closely with Qatar Airways to offer a unique and enriching edutainment experience in Singapore.”
Designed to suit children aged four and above, KidZania Singapore complements school learning experiences through realistic role-play. Kids will have the option to choose among a diverse range of role-playing activities within KidZania Singapore. For more information on KidZania Singapore, check out www.kidzania.com.sg and https://www.facebook.com/KidZaniaSingapore/.
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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 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 and 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 50 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.
For more information, visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.
For Qatar Airways corporate images, please click here: http://www.qatarairways.com/corporateimages
KidZania is an indoor family education and entertainment centre, which offers an interactive learning and entertainment experience targeted at kids. KidZania combines role-play with real life, creating a kid-centric city experience designed to educate and inspire kids; from arriving at the airport, to visiting a city centre to exploring the city streets. As in the real world, kids choose activities – such as being a pilot, police officer, doctor, journalist or a customer – and earn money, which they can then spend or save.
KidZania operates just like a real city complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles, a functioning economy, and recognisable destinations in the form of “establishments” branded by leading international and local brands. The facilities are designed to educate through experience, fostering the development of life skills, but from a kid’s perspective it is all about fun which truly epitomizes learning through play.
Essentially the fastest growing educational and entertainment brand in the world, KidZania has won numerous awards, having been voted “Best Theme Park Worldwide” by The Themed Entertainment Association, “Top Family Entertainment Centre of the World” by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (“IAAPA”), “Global Leisure Operator of the Year” by Retail and Leisure International and “Concept of the Year” by MAPIC.
KidZania Singapore is a subsidiary of Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd., the investment holding company responsible for the development, management and operations of various hospitality and attraction destinations in Malaysia and Singapore.
ABOUT THEMED ATTRACTIONS RESORTS & HOTELS SDN. BHD.
Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd., (formerly known as Cameron Highlands Holdings Sdn. Bhd.) is an investment holding company incorporated to develop, manage and operate hospitality and attraction destinations. Established by the Malaysian Government’s strategic investment fund, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, TAR&H serves as a catalyst for the leisure and tourism industry in bringing premier world-class resorts, hotels and attractions to the region.
Its current key investment portfolio comprises Desaru Coast - Malaysia’s first integrated luxury destination, LEGOLAND® Malaysia - the sixth LEGOLAND in the world and the first in Asia, KidZania Kuala Lumpur and KidZania Singapore - an indoor family education and entertainment centre, Puteri Harbour – a quayside lifestyle retail and family entertainment complex, SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN – the first of its kind outside of Japan, The Little Big Club – a single themed attraction that is home to five popular global characters and Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour at the luxury waterfront of Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya, along with the award winning The Datai Langkawi and the first Els Club in Southeast Asia – Els Club Teluk Datai in Langkawi . The Els Club Malaysia will add two more championship golf courses to its stable with the opening of Els Club Desaru Coast and Els Club Desaru Valley, both located in Desaru Coast.
Working with renowned global and local partners and brands, TAR&H aims to be the leading Leisure & Tourism Group bringing world-class destinations to South East Asia, creating over 15,000 jobs.