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Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free Unveil the First-Ever Qatar Airways Store at Hamad International Airport (HIA)

Shoppers will be immersed into the luxurious world of Qatar Airways at this unique airline retail concept, now open to the public in HIA’s Concourse A

 

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free unveiled the award-winning airline’s first-ever Qatar Airways Travel Boutique on 9 January 2019 at the airline’s home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), marking the airline’s first-ever brand shop. Complete with burgundy lighting, curved walls, a Business Class desk and an A380 First Class seat to experience, the shop is specially designed to enable customers to feel as though they have stepped on board a Qatar Airways aircraft.

The grand reveal of the one-of-a-kind boutique took place at an exclusive event at HIA, officiated by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. VIPs in attendance included the Qatari Ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani; the German Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Mr. Hans-Udo Muzel; Hamad International Airport Chief Operating Officer, Eng. Badr Al Meer; and Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations, Mr. Thabet Musleh.

The unveiling was attended by VIP guests, including General Manager of Al Sadd Sports Club, Mr. Turki Al-Ali; representatives of the media; as well as professional football players from the legendary German football club FC Bayern München Kingsley Coman, Mats Hummels, Niklas Süle, and football star Gabriel Arenas from the Qatar football club Al Sadd Sports Club.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to launch our first-ever boutique to engage shoppers in a unique way by enabling them to enjoy the Qatar Airways experience on the ground. We are excited to launch this new retail concept at our magnificent home and hub, Hamad International Airport, a further testament to our vision of redefining the perfect travel experience for our travellers.”  

Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations, Mr. Thabet Musleh, said: “We are proud to launch such a unique concept to our customers, enabling them to experience the unique luxury of Qatar Airways. This boutique takes shopping to the next level, where customers can experience an A380 First Class seat, grab the latest football strip from one of the world’s top global teams, play their own penalty shoot-out and shop from an exclusive range of branded travel essentials including a high-end luggage collection, a kids’ range of travel games and accessories. This truly is the embodiment of an experience worth travelling for.”

Qatar Duty Free was awarded 'Airport Retailer of the Year' at the 2018 DFNI Global Awards. In April, the leading airport retailer was recognised at the PAX International Readership Awards, when Qatar Airways won ‘Best In-Flight Duty Free Program’ for the Middle East and Africa, and was acknowledged as an industry leader for its outstanding in-flight duty free service, which is operated by Qatar Duty Free.

Later this year, Qatar Duty Free, along with Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport, will host the world's most influential airport commercial revenues conference, The Trinity Forum. The conference, organised by The Moodie Davitt Report, ACI World and ACI Asia-Pacific, will take place in Doha from 30-31 October 2019.

 

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 on board a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft. The world’s fastest-growing airline added a number of exciting destinations to its growing network including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; and Mombasa, Kenya in 2018, and several new destinations are due to be launched in 2019, including Isfahan, Iran and Valletta, Malta.

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 Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways has been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, four times.

Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry.

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, B777, 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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