DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways celebrated its one year anniversary of A350 operations by hosting royal guests, media and trade partners at its dedicated chalet on the first day of Bahrain International Airshow, the first aviation show of the year.
At the event, which marked the anniversary, were Qatar’s Minister of Transportation, His Excellency Mr. Jassim Al Sulaiti; Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker; President & CEO of Airbus, Mr. Fabrice Brégier; Chairman of the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority Mr. Abdullah Nasser Turki Al Subaey; Qatar’s Ambassador to Bahrain, His Excellency Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani; Director General of General United Arab of Emirates Civil Aviation Authority, His Excellency Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi and; Director General of Qatar Aeronautical College, His Excellency Sheikh Jabor bin Hamad Al Thani.
Qatar Airways’ A350 was the first A350 to enter commercial service in January 2015, and now flies to four destinations – Frankfurt, Munich, Philadelphia and Singapore – across three continents; Asia, Europe and North America.
Held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) 2016 was opened by His Highness Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Personal Representitive of His Majesty the King and Chairman of the Supreme Organising Committee of BIAS and is taking place at the Sakhir Airbase in Bahrain. A number of VIP delegates visited Qatar Airways’ chalet on the opening day and were given an exclusive tour of the airline’s A350, A380 and G650ER by H.E. Mr. Al Baker.
H.E. Mr. Al Baker, who met with local and international media, said: “Qatar Airways is excited to participate in the region’s first air show of the year, and Bahrain has already delivered beyond our expectations. We chose this event to celebrate the one year anniversary of our A350 operations, and the public and industry are welcome to tour the very latest in aircraft technology, and we look forward to celebrating this milestone with them.”
On the first day of the show, Qatar Airways’ A350 drew the attention of visitors including aviation enthusiasts and members of the news media with its custom-designed interiors and innovative aircraft design. Offering the latest in design and technology, and combined with Qatar Airways’ award-winning service, the A350 has taken the passenger experience to the highest level. Qatar Airways operates the largest number of A350s in the world with seven of this aircraft type in its young fleet. During its one year of operations the Qatar Airways A350 flies to Frankfurt, Munich, Singapore and Philadelphia. Upcoming A350 routes include Adelaide in Australia and Boston in Eastern USA.
Qatar Airways’ modern fleet of 175 aircraft, comprising of the A380 and A350, and along with the 787 Dreamliner, is among the youngest and most efficient fleets in the world, meeting long-haul passenger demand on the airline’s rapidly expanding network.
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 175 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 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 175 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes seven Airbus 330, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.
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