Great news and updates from Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways has resumed service to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, two important destinations in the Republic of Iraq. The airline previously suspended service to both routes in November 2017, per the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority’s directive to all international carriers at the time. The award-winning airline now operates seven weekly flights to each destination. From 1 May, the airline will further boost its service to Erbil with double daily flights.
Five 2018 TripAdvisor Awards
Qatar Airways has been named ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘Best Business Class: Middle East’ and ‘World’s Top 10 Airline’ by the highly-respected 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, complementing a growing number of esteemed accolades that the airline has already received in 2018. Qatar Airways garnered additional praise from TripAdvisor as it was recognised as a Travellers’ Choice Winner for ‘Airline: Middle East’ and ‘Economy Class: Middle East’.
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel website with more than 600 million traveler reviews of airlines, hotels, restaurants, and attractions worldwide. The Travellers’ Choice Awards are the highest honours presented by TripAdvisor, and are the only travel industry awards based on millions of reviews from travellers around the world, reflecting ‘the best of the best’ for service, quality, and customer satisfaction.
Investment in JetSuite, Inc.
Jet SuiteQatar Airways has taken a minority stake in JetSuite, Inc, a leading private aviation company in the United States, and indirectly in JetSuiteX, Inc. Qatar Airways joins JetBlue Airways, which will be increasing its investment, and a number of private investors as stakeholders in both JetSuite and JetSuiteX.
With this investment, Qatar Airways will help fuel the growth of JetSuite’s private aviation business, which currently focuses on light and very light jets. The investment extends to JetSuiteX, the sibling company to JetSuite, further accelerating the expansion of its acclaimed semi-private air service to the US West Coast and beyond. JetSuiteX fills a niche in ‘underserved’ short haul markets and small airports, and enjoys a Net Promoter Score over 90, higher than the major US airlines. JetSuiteX operates its fleet of Embraer 135 aircraft from private terminals in California and Nevada, with no lines, no waiting and no stress, at a price competitive with commercial travel. The Qatar Airways investment will enable faster expansion of this fleet and the ability to reach new destinations, including the potential to bring the semi-private model to additional regions in the US.
Qatar Airways to Buy Five 777 Freighters from Boeing
QR BoeingBoeing [NYSE: BA] and Qatar Airways signed a letter of intent to purchase five 777 Freighters, valued at $1.7 billion at list prices. When the purchase is finalised, it will be posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website. The letter of intent was signed during a ceremony attended by Qatari Minister of Finance and Qatar Airways Chairman Ali Sharif Al Emadi, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister.
Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of nearly 100 Boeing widebody airplanes and has about 100 more Boeing airplanes on order. The 777 Freighter is capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometres) with a payload of 112 tonnes (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kilogrammes). The airplane’s long range translates into significant savings as fewer stops mean lower landing fees, less congestion, lower cargo handling costs and shorter delivery times.
Boeing is the air cargo market leader, providing over 90% of the dedicated freighter capacity around the world.
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