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Qatar Airways Celebrates More Than 10 Years of Service to New York With Gala Dinner at Cipriani

Qatar Airways celebrates more than 10 years of serving the ‘The Big Apple’

 

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways hosted a private VIP gala dinner with influential business leaders and political dignitaries to celebrate more than a decade of the award-winning airline’s successful service to New York City at the historical and renowned venue Cipriani.

The glamorous evening was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, along with many prominent business and cultural leaders, including Permanent Representative of State of Qatar to The UN, Her Excellency Sheikha Alya Al Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States, His Excellency Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani and Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Investment Authority, His Excellency Mansoor Al Mahmoud.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said: “Congratulations to Qatar Airways on its 10th Anniversary connecting the United States from The State of Qatar. Qatar Airways is a model of what is possible when excellence and determination are the goals. The airline’s philosophy of bringing people together, providing the right for all to travel is more important than ever. Qatar Airways provides a way for Americans and Qataris to travel and offers jobs for thousands of families, helping to grow the economies of both nations.”

At the gala event, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Tonight is an exciting one for Qatar Airways, as it is a celebration of more than a decade of serving the people of the United States. We have a very special relationship with the people of New York, as it was our first gateway into this country just over 10 years ago. We are also very proud of the contribution we have made, and continue to make to the U.S. economy as a large portion of American-made aircraft in our fleet are testament to the faith we have in American products.

“We also continue to develop strong relationships with our U.S. partners including JetSuite, Boeing, G.E. and Gulfstream. Tonight we reaffirm our commitment to build on the strong relationship we have already established here in the U.S., and to continue to expand our presence here, offering an outstanding product and providing even more choice for U.S. travellers.”

In October, Qatar Airways became the Official Global Airline Partner of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the team’s home, Barclays Center, the Brooklyn, New York venue that hosts many of the world’s most exciting entertainment and sporting events. This marks the first major partnership between the airline and an NBA team or venue.

Qatar Airways’ A350-1000, the world’s most technologically advanced passenger aircraft, landed in New York in October 2018, marking the airline’s first U.S. route to operate commercial flights on the ultra-modern aircraft. The five-star airline is the global launch customer for the innovative A350-1000 aircraft, the latest member of the Airbus wide-body aircraft portfolio. The aircraft offers enhanced levels of passenger comfort, thanks to the lowest twin-engine noise level of any aircraft, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting.

In December 2017, the award-winning airline launched the ground-breaking Qsuite on direct flights to New York. Qsuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, with privacy panels that stow away, so that passengers in adjoining seats can create their own private room. Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the centre four seats let colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialise together. These new features provide the ultimate customisable travel experience that enables passengers to create an environment that suits their own unique needs.

Qatar Airways’ first flight to the U.S. was to John F. Kennedy International Airport on 28 June 2007. Currently, the award-winning airline operates two daily direct flights between John F. Kennedy International Airport and Hamad International Airport.

The multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’.

One of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to over 160 business and leisure destinations across six continents. The airline plans to launch a host of new destinations before the end of 2018, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Mombasa, Kenya; and Da Nang, Vietnam.

Notes to Editors:

About Qatar Airways: 

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating more than 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 160 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2018, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; Mombasa, Kenya, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft. 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

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.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2022 World Cup, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 160 key business and leisure destinations globally on more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 15 Boeing 777 freighters and eight Airbus A330 freighters. 

For further information, please contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200

 

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