Qatar Airways to operate first A350 XWB to Philadelphia on Jan 1, 2016


Qatar Airways, the global launch customer of the A350 XWB, has said that Philadelphia will be the first destination it will fly to in the USA using the state-of-the-art aircraft. Qatar Airways plans to begin operating an A350 on its daily service from Doha’s Hamad International Airport to Philadelphia International Airport from January 1, 2016. The date will coincide with the launch of services to Los Angeles, one of three new Qatar Airways destinations in the USA for 2016.

Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO, Qatar Airways, said, “We are very pleased to announce the launch of our first A350 service to the USA. Philadelphia is the sixth largest metropolitan area in the USA and is an important international business hub that is home to seven Fortune 1000 companies. With the launch of the new A350 service from January 1st next year, Qatar Airways will be further strengthening its position in Philadelphia and the USA overall as an airline offering passengers a world-class travel experience.”

Starting on March 1 and March 16, 2016, the A350 will fly on one daily flight to New York and Boston; meaning three of Qatar Airways’ USA destinations will all be served by the A350.

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Qatar Airways bets big on education

qatar-airwaysQatar Airways has partnered with the United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF) as the official airline partner for the Pre-departure Orientation for students who have applied to US universities for further education. The airline will be participating at the pre-departure orientation sessions for the second successive year.

The orientation programme is expected to reach out to more than 2,500 students across seven cities in India. During the sessions, the students will get an opportunity to interact with USIEF experts and receive the most updated, relevant and authentic information about the education programmes, systems and processes of several American institutions.

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Qatar Airways launches Asia Pacific’s first A350 XWB flight to Singapore

qatar airways latest newsAs the global launch customer for the world’s newest aircraft, Qatar Airways became the first airline to operate A350 XWB plane to Singapore and the Asia Pacific region yesterday, with the inaugural flight arriving in Singapore Changi Airport. Upon touching down at the airport, flight QR944 was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute.

Speaking at the welcome ceremony, Marwan Koleilat, Chief Commercial Officer, Qatar Airways, said, “The A350 XWB is the third and final major new aircraft in a decade and Qatar Airways is delighted to be the first global airline to fly this state-of-the-art aircraft into Singapore and Asia Pacific. Singapore is a key market for Qatar Airways and we remain committed to offering our Singapore-based passengers the best in-flight experience possible. With the A350 XWB, all 283 passengers can be assured of unprecedented levels of comfort across all classes when travelling to Doha and onwards to key destinations in Europe and the Americas.”

Qatar Airways remains the only airline to currently fly the world’s newest wide-body aircraft. Following Frankfurt, Singapore is the second route for the world’s newest aircraft.

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Qatar Airways launches online competition to desing your own football dreams africa team jersey

qatar-airwaysFor anyone who has ever dreamed about designing their very own football jersey, Qatar Airways is now giving them the chance to do so.The airline has launched an online competition for football fans everywhere to design and customise a Football Dreams Africa jersey to help support the team in their most awaited for friendly match against FC Barcelona Under 15s Youth Team on May 22, 2015 at Team B, Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

Twenty-two lucky ‘designers’ will have a chance to win a range of fabulous exciting prizes including Business Class tickets, FC Barcelona jerseys and tickets to tour Camp Nou.Once the jersey design is complete, participants can share their design before submitting them to the public gallery at which time they will have them entered into a draw to win one of the 22 exciting prizes, including a first prize pair of return Business Cass tickets to any of Qatar Airways’ destinations, and one pair of return Economy Class tickets for the runner-up.

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Qatar Airways starts ‘Double The Luxury’ offer on Business Class for Indian travellers

qatar-airwaysQatar Airways is offering ‘Double The Luxury’ promotion for Premium Class travel to Indian travellers, stated a release.

Passengers booking a Business Class or First Class ticket (where Business Class is not available) will receive a
complimentary ticket for a companion by just paying the taxes and applicable surcharges. The promotion will run till May 17,
2015, and is valid for travel from May 15 to December 10, 2015.

Passengers can make bookings through or through any Qatar Airways sales office or its travel
agency partners.

Ihab Sorial, Vice President Indian sub-continent, Qatar Airways, said, “This is a special promotion for our loyal customers
travelling with Qatar Airways to experience the world’s best Business Class and also the award-winning lounge facilities at
Hamad International Airport. We want to thank our loyal passengers for their ongoing support, loyalty and appreciation of our
award-winning five-star in-flight product and onboard service. All around the world, our passengers can take advantage of our
ever-growing network which now includes more than 140 destinations, with convenient flights via Doha.”

Qatar Airways serves 146 destinations including London, Paris, New York, Milan, Mumbai, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Frankfurt and Dubai via the airline’s state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport.

Qatar Air keen to pick up 49% stake in IndiGo


NEW DELHI / DUBAI: Qatar Airways has yet again expressed its desire to acquire up to 49 per cent stake in India’s only profitable airline, IndiGo. However, the management of the low-cost carrier says that it has no plans to sell its stake to a foreign airline.

“We’re not in talks, we have a personal relationship between us and the owner of IndiGo…. He (IndiGo promoter) has indicated they are not planning to sell a stake in IndiGo, but once they consider I’m interested,” Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker told the media in Dubai Wednesday.

Al Baker has several times in the past also said that his airline wants to pick up a stake in IndiGo. While IndiGo has not responded to these repeated offers, at least two existing Indian airlines are trying to find investors along with some other desi players, who have been given licences to start airlines here.

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Qatar Airways eyes stake in IndiGo, warns Airbus on A380neo


Qatar Airways would be interested in buying up to 49 per cent of IndiGo though the owners of the sub-continent’s largest carrier by market share have no immediate plans to sell, the Doha-based airline’s chief executive said on Wednesday.

IndiGo, owned by hospitality and travel company InterGlobe Enterprises and founded in 2006 by entrepreneur Rahul Bhatia and ex-US Airways chief executive Rakesh Gangwal, is preparing to file a draft prospectus by May for a stock listing to raise $300 million to $400 million, sources told Reuters in March.

Qatar Airways would ideally like to buy to 49 percent of IndiGo, Akbar Al Baker, chief executive of the Doha-based carrier, told a news conference in Dubai.

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