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Qatar Airways brings its award-winning Qsuite to the U.S. Capital

Qatar Airways has released this statement and photos:

Qatar Airways’ revolutionary, award-winning Qsuite officially landed at Washington, D.C.’s Washington Dulles International Airport on January 6, 2018, making the capital city the second U.S. destination to offer the innovative new Business Class product. The groundbreaking Qsuite was first introduced on flights to London Heathrow Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and, most recently, made its highly-anticipated U.S. debut last month at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, is already fast collecting awards for bringing a First Class experience to the Business Class cabin. Qsuite 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 proudly launched Qsuite at ITB Berlin in March 2017 to outstanding global acclaim, and has set a new standard for luxury travel with this innovative product.

Qatar Airways was recognized for its launch of Qsuite by receiving the ‘Best Airline Innovation of the Year’ award at the 2017 ULTRAS (Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards) held in London last year.

Qatar Airways celebrated 10 years of flying to the United States capital in 2017, with its first flight to Washington Dulles International Airport from Doha on  July 19, 2007. In the past year, the airline has carried more than 185,000 passengers from Washington, D.C. to destinations across Asia, Africa, the Pacific, and the Middle East. Qatar Airways also remains the preferred carrier for people traveling from Washington, D.C. to the airline’s 13 destinations in India.

One of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways recently added an array of new destinations to its extensive global route network, including Chiang Mai, Thailand; Sohar, Sultanate of Oman; Prague, Czech Republic and Kyiv, Ukraine. Additionally, the airline has announced upcoming service to Pattaya, Thailand; Canberra, Australia; Penang, Malaysia and many more. Qatar Airways serves 10 cities across the U.S., including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

All photos by Qatar AIrways.

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Qatar Airways launches a new route to St. Petersburg, Russia

Qatar Airways Airbus A320-232 A7-ADG (msn 2121) DXB (Paul Denton). Image: 911706.

Qatar Airways made this announcement:

Qatar Airways kicked off an important year ahead in Russia for both the airline and the State of Qatar with the touchdown of its first daily nonstop flight to St. Petersburg on December 19, 2017. 2018 will be a milestone year for Russian-Qatari relations as Qatar Airways sponsors the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the State of Qatar partners with Russia for the 2018 Year of Culture program, delivered by Qatar Museums.

The launch of this daily direct service to Russia’s cultural capital will increase the airline’s number of flights a week into the country to 28. Already operating to Moscow since 2003, Qatar Airways recently increased its service to the city from twice daily to three times daily to meet growing demand.

Qatar Airways will operate its daily St. Petersburg service with an Airbus A320 aircraft, which features 12 flatbed seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class. Passengers will be able to enjoy the airline’s superior entertainment system offering passengers various entertainment options.

Qatar Airways has added many new exciting destinations to its network in 2017, including Auckland, New Zealand; Dublin, Republic of Ireland; Nice, France and Prague, Czech Republic, to name a few. The airline will continue its rapid expansion throughout 2018 by adding new destinations such as Canberra, Australia; Cardiff, United Kingdom; and Penang, Malaysia to its global route map.

Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Airbus A320-232 A7-ADG (msn 2121) DXB (Paul Denton). Image: 911706.

Qatar Airways reconfirms and upsizes its order for 50 Airbus A321 ACF aircraft

Qatar Airways has reconfirmed and upsized its earlier order for 50 Airbus A320neo with a firm order instead for 50 of the larger Airbus A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration).

This updated order replaces the original one placed in 2011.

Joining Qatar Airways’ fleet of 50 A320neo from 2019 onwards, the A321neo ACF will support the continuous development of Qatar Airways’ global network leveraging from the A321neo range capability and the unprecedented customer experience. The total value of the deal is at $6.35 billion at list prices.

The airline will also soon welcome the Airbus A350-1000.

The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances, and cabin innovations, the A321neo offers a significant reduction in fuel consumption of at least 15 per cent per seat from day one and 20 per cent by 2020.

The A321neo ACF introduces new door and fuselage enhancements, allowing airlines to make better use of the cabin space and also provide provision for more underfloor fuel capacity for up to 4,000nm transatlantic range.

Qatar Airways will be adding flights to many more destinations to its network throughout the remainder of this year and 2018, including St. Petersburg, Russia; Canberra, Australia; and Cardiff, UK.

Image: Airbus.

 

Qatar Airways acquires a share of Cathay Pacific

Delivered on May 27, 2016

Qatar Airways has announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase an amount of 378,188,000 shares of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, being approximately 9.61 percent of the total issued share capital. Completion of the transaction is expected to take place on November 6, 2017 in Hong Kong.

This investment further supports Qatar Airways investment strategy which already includes 20% investment in International Airlines Group, 10% investment in LATAM Airlines Group and 49% investment in Meridiana.”

Copyright Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRA (msn 029) LGW (SPA). Image: 935059.

Qatar Airways launches the longest air route

Qatar Airways Boeing 777-2DZ LR A7-BBB (msn 36013) AKL (Colin Hunter). Image: 936880.

Qatar Airways released this statement on February 6, 2017:

It was a historic moment for Qatar Airways on February 6, 2017, as it launched its new record-breaking Auckland service on one of the country’s most significant days of the year – Waitangi Day. As the first Qatar Airways flight touched down on the North Island of New Zealand, just after sunrise – a new chapter in the airline’s history began.

Celebrations to commemorate the launch of the world’s longest commercial flight, which takes 17 hours and 30 minutes and covers a distance of 14,535 kilometers, began at the airport with a traditional water salute as the Qatar Airways Boeing 777 taxied down the runway (above).

Qatar Airways’ first flight to New Zealand flies over the city of Auckland on its final approach to the airport.

The new daily flight to Auckland is served by a Boeing 777, which has a two-class configuration with 42 seats in Business Class and 217 seats in Economy Class.

Passengers travelling on the inaugural flight were welcomed on board with special cupcakes, in addition guests travelling in Business Class received a celebratory Kiwi Rose Fizz mocktail, both created to commemorate the new service. Bespoke menu cards and beverage lists inspired by a traditional Maori carving were also designed especially for the occasion.

Auckland is the first new destination launch of the year for the airline that added 14 new destinations in 2016 and plans to launch more in 2017/18 including: Yanbu and Tabuk, Saudi Arabia; Dublin, The Republic of Ireland; Nice, France; Skopje, Macedonia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina; Libreville, Gabon; Douala, Cameroon; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Canberra, Australia; Medan, Indonesia; and Las Vegas, U.S.

Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Boeing 777-2DZ LR A7-BBB (msn 36013) AKL (Colin Hunter). Image: 936880.

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Qatar Airways places a large Boeing order for 30 787-9 Dreamliners, 10 777-300ERs and a LOI for up to 60 MAX 8s

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Qatar Airways and Boeing have announced an order for 30 787-9 Dreamliners (above) and 10 777-300ERs, valued at $11.7 billion at list prices, validating the value, reliability and performance of Boeing’s twin-aisle airplanes.

The airline also signed a Letter of Intent for up to 60 737 MAX 8s (below), valued at $6.9 billion at list prices.

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This announcement builds on Qatar Airways’ current fleet of 84 Boeing aircraft, a combination of 787s and 777s, all delivered over the last nine years. With this new order, Qatar Airways increases its firm order backlog of Boeing widebody airplanes from 65 to 105, including 60 777Xs.

The announcement was attended by the State of Qatar’s Minister of Finance, His Excellency Ali Shareef Al Emadi, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken and the Ambassador of Qatar, His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al-Kuwari.

Qatar Airways’ relationship with Boeing was renewed in 2006. Since then, there have been many milestones in the partnership. The airline was the first to operate the 787 in the Middle East and is a launch customer for the 777X. With the commitment for the 737 MAX 8, it would be the first Boeing single-aisle airplane model to join Qatar Airways’ fleet in more than 15 years.

Images: Boeing.

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Qatar Airways announced a major cargo expansion with a new Luxembourg base

Qatar Airways announced a major cargo expansion with a new Luxembourg base

Qatar Airways has announced it plans to become a major player in three new cargo markets: Transpacific, Australia and South America in the next nine months.

This major enhancement of the carrier’s network is made possible by the constant growth of its fleet, which now includes nine Boeing 777F, eight Airbus A3330F and two Boeing 747F aircraft, as well as the opening of its new European hub in Luxembourg.

The cargo carrier projects that its pure cargo fleet will grow to 22 aircraft by 2017 and from July 1, 2016, the carrier will double its flights into and out of Luxembourg providing better connectivity for its customers.

Qatar Airways Cargo will add Halifax (Canada) and New York (JFK) to its freighter network in July 2016.

Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777-FDZ A7-BFD (msn 41427) AMS (TMK Photography). Image: 913423.

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