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Posted On: 18 February 2020 05:00 pm
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15 things about Qatar Airways you may not know

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Most of us have travelled by Qatar Airways at one time or another and we know it's a 5-star airline that believes in pampering you with its exceptional services and an unparalleled travel experience throughout your journey on one of its modern and contemporary aircrafts to the more than 160 business and leisure destinations across the globe that are part of its routes. The onboard hospitality and service are world class and, not only can you satisfy your appetite with their extraordinary food and entertain yourself from the 4,000 entertainment options available, you can just sit back, relax and let Qatar Airways do the rest!

The airline, which was moved from strength to strength under the leadership of its Chief Executive Officer His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, has also won a multitude of awards over the years and the number of awards just keeps increasing. The airline was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’ title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.

These are the things we already know, but there are some things about this leading airline, that you may not know. Let's shed light on those!

Things you may not know about Qatar Airways

1. Qatar Airways Expansion

Qatar Airways already operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft through its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 170 destinations
worldwide. The airline is currently planning its new phase of expansion plans at a time, when many international are scaling back on their activities. These include:

New destinations

Qatar's national carrier will be launching 11 new destinations around the world. These include: Osaka, Japan; Santorini, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Almaty and Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; Accra, Ghana; Cebu, Philippines; Trabzon, Turkey; Lyon, France; Siem Reap, Cambodia; and Luanda, Angola.

More aircraft

Qatar Airways will be receiving 40 new aircraft out of 290 aircraft on demand, with a fleet of 14 aircraft departing in 2020.

2. Qatar Airways covers all corners of the globe

Qatar Airways is one of the world's few airlines that flies directly from their designated airports to all the seven continents of the world. Qatar's Hamad International Airport is also among five international airports that operates non-stop flights to different destinations in some of the continents, according to 24 Customer Service Number

3. Qatar Airways and One World

Qatar Airways was the first airline in the Gulf region to join the global airline alliance 'OneWorld'. With this alliance, passengers can now benefit from over 1,000
airports in over 160 countries, with approximately 14,250 daily departures.

4. Qatar Airways Qsuite

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Qatar Airways redefines the expectations of those travelling via Business Class on its selected fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircrafts through the Qsuite. Each Qsuite in the Business Class cabin has doors and the industry's first-ever fully-flat double bed first-ever. The Qsuite offers ambient mood lighting, fully lie-flat beds, generous storage space, a media panel where you can plug in almost anything you want, an elaborate entertainment system, a dining experience that's unforgettable creating a new standard in comfort.

If you're impressed with that, wait till you read what's next.

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The Qsuite also has a quad which is a private space fully adaptable to you and your companions’ needs. Whether travelling with family, friends, or business colleagues, movable panels will allow you to transform your space into a social area, allowing you to work, dine or socialise at 40,000 feet. And when you wish to relax or sleep, your space is transformed back into your own private room for the ultimate in privacy and comfort. It’s Business Class like never before.

5. Qatar Airways is FIFA's official sponsor

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When FIFA ended its contract with the UAE-based airline Emirates, it signed on Qatar Airways to be its official partner and official airline as part of a sponsorship package that will continue till 2022, as reported by 24 Customer Service Number. This partnership with FIFA reflects the value of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message -Going Places Together.

6. Qatar Airways global sports sponsorships

Qatar Airways is proud to have developed a wide range of global sports sponsorships, supporting top-level sporting events and some of the world’s biggest football clubs. The airlines sponsors AS Roma, CA Boca Juniors and FC Bayern Munich already and has just added a few more football teams to its cap of sports sponsorships:

Qatar Airways just became the sponsor of the French football team Paris Saint-Germain

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On 1 February 2020, Qatar Airways was announced as the premium partner and official airline partner of Paris Saint-Germain, and will also sponsor its women’s football team and the handball team until 2022, according to Get French Football News.

Qatar Airways will sponsor Philippines Football League till 2022

Qatar Airways has signed a partnership agreement with the Philippine Football Federation, under which Qatar Airways has become the main sponsor of the Philippine Football League for the next two years, according to QNA.

7. Qatar Airways supports cancer prevention and control

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For the last three years in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Qatar Airways has shown its support for the global campaign ‘Think Pink’ during Breast Cancer Awareness month every October with Limited Edition Amenity Kits and an all-female crew on a flight from Doha to Zurich.

In 2019, Qatar Airways commemorated the opening of its new ward at the King Hussein Cancer Centre in Jordan, which serves leukaemia in-patients through its 24 state-of-the-art rooms.

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Qatar Airways has also just announced that it is the Official Airline Sponsor of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support its efforts towards cancer prevention and control. The announcement comes on the 20th Anniversary of World Cancer Day. The UICC is a non-governmental organisation focused on leading initiatives that unite and support the cancer community to ensure cancer control continues to be a priority in world health.

8. Qatar Airways commitment to the environment

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As one of the world’s leading airlines, Qatar Airways flies to more than 160 destinations operating one of the youngest fleets in the sky. More than 200 new aircraft are on order to ensure that Qatar Airways continues to operate a fuel-efficient fleet. This investment underpins its commitment to the environment and ensures a first-class travel experience for its customers.

It also supports Air Traffic Control authorities to move towards more efficient airspace management and collaborating to enable passengers to use e-tickets throughout their global journey to reduce the printing of paper tickets.

Qatar Airways is collaborating with industry associations IATA and others to develop a global policy for managing aviation’s greenhouse gas emissions and is fully compliant with regional schemes such as the European Union Emission Trading Scheme.

Qatar Airways is enhancing the efficiency of air travel through a fuel optimisation programme which involves testing and implementing new ways to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions such as:

  • Identifying opportunities to reduce aircraft weight and fuel consumption
  • Optimising efficiency of flight routes
  • Reviewing the use of energy while taxiing to and from the runway.

9. Qatar Airways has a zero tolerance policy towards illegal transportation of wildlife

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In May 2019, Qatar Airways became the first airline to be certified under the Illegal Wildlife Trade Assessment and demonstrates Qatar Airways’ steady commitments towards raising awareness and stopping this illegal wildlife trafficking. Qatar Airways does not in any way endorse the illegal transportation of endangered wildlife. Wildlife trafficking is the world’s 4th largest illegal trade and is estimated to be worth approximately $19 billion per year. Illegal wildlife trade of endangered animals and plants is fuelled by the demand for jewellery, decorations and unproven medical treatments and has tragic consequences for global conservation. In response to this global threat, Qatar Airways is committed to:

  • Raising awareness
  • Improving detection
  • Sharing intelligence and best practice with the industry

Qatar Airways is proud to be an inaugural signatory to the United for Wildlife Transport Industry Declaration and a partner in the USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership.

10. Qatar Airways' stakes in other airlines

Qatar Airways has just bought 49% of the RwandAir, and with the Qatari government, is also investing in the Rwanda Airport. Rwanda Airport accommodates 10 million passengers and Qatar Airways has chosen Rwanda because of the country's sound investment prospects that stem from its security and political stability.

It already has stakes in British Airways-parent International, Airlines Group, China Southern, Cathay Pacific and Chile's LATAM Airlines Group, and a stake in an African airline like RwandAir would help widen Qatar Airways reach in one of the world's fastest-growing aviation regions. This would also help the company bypass airspace restrictions imposed on it by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt since June 2017 after a diplomatic rift broke out between Qatar and these countries, according to Al Jazeera.

The award-winning airline is also interested in buying a stake of Morocco's Royal Air Maroc and India's IndiGo, but so far deals have not been made.

All these stakes indicate Qatar Airways continued commitment and dedication to make travelling convenient and meaningful, and connecting travellers across all across the world, reports the BBC.

11. Qatar Airways code-share expansion

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A code-share flight is a flight that is marketed by one carrier and operated by another. Qatar Airways is able to offer code-share flights to its customers as a result of agreements made with its partner airlines to offer seats on their flights.

This code-sharing allows passengers from other airlines to book travel to a number of additional Qatar Airways gateways around the world and, in turn, Qatar Airways passengers will benefit from access to many exciting new destinations.

Qatar Airways has just expanded its code-share cooperation with Bulgaria Airlines starting 2 March 2020 and with Malaysia Airlines, starting from 27 January 2020.

To know which airlines Qatar code-shares with around the world, visit: https://www.qatarairways.com/en/partners-codeshare.html

12. Qatar Airways Cargo service

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Qatar Airways Cargo is one of the world’s top international air cargo carriers. It provides its superior services to over 60 freighter destinations across the globe through its world-class Doha hub - Hamad International Airport - and also delivers freight to over 160 focal business and leisure international destinations on over 250 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet is made up of two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 21 Boeing 777 freighters and five Airbus A330 freighters.

Qatar Airways Pharma Plus

The Qatar Airways Pharma Plus flights are a specialist cargo product and have been developed for pharmaceutical and healthcare products. Qatar Airways is the only cargo carrier in the Middle East to offer refrigerated or ‘reefer’ truck services for ramp transfers at its home hub. Temperature-sensitive commodities are delivered to and from the aircraft by reefer trucks to ensure the cool chain process is seamless, thereby completely eliminating temperature exposure. These flights offer both active solutions to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the transportation chain, as well as passive solutions, which keep the pharmaceuticals within a defined temperature band at all stages of the journey. As an industry leader, the cargo carrier ensures the fastest transfer at Doha through its unique Quick Ramp Transfer.

These flights were launched in 2015 and currently operate from pharmaceutical hubs such as Brussels, Basel, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad, transporting more than 30,000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals each year. These routes are served by the Airbus A330 freighter aircraft, offering 65 to 68 tonnes of capacity each way to around 71 destinations worldwide.

Qatar Airways sending medical aid to China in the fight against the Coronavirus

In fact, Qatar Airways will fly eight aircraft to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in China on 21 February 2020, carrying medical aid provided by Qatar, Qatar Airways, several other countries and Chinese embassies around the world. This step aims to send a message of support from the government and people of Qatar to the people of China. Qatar Airways is the only global airline that offered to transport medical aid to China for free, and it has not stopped shipping operations after the outbreak of coronavirus in China.

13. Qatar Executive Jet/Airline Charter

From its start in 2009, Qatar Executive has rapidly risen to become a leader in air charter services for individuals, businesses, corporations and the government. It will arrange your choice of aircraft, from any departure to any destination, at any time you choose. Meeting customer's requirements and providing travel solutions for medium and large groups with its aircraft from Qatar Airways is Qatar Executive's topmost priority. Whether you have a vacation charter, a larger business group or a football team, its professional team will help you with the right choice of aircraft for your worldwide destinations.

14. Qatar Airways’ Al Darb Qatarisation Programme

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This Programme is an initiative that brings young Qataris to develop themselves and their country through the national airline. It is a tremendous project that brings benefits and opportunities at a variety of different levels and aviation related fields. Programmes are tailored in such a way that young Qataris are able to choose the kind of career path and development opportunity that best suits them and their ambitions. It also means Qatari nationals get to work in a diverse environment and experience a culture of innovation in different disciplines. It is a hands-on project that offers a world of opportunities that seeks to train participants to apply what they learn in real-life situations, not just in Qatar, but in numerous locations across the globe.

For more information, please visit: https://www.qatarairways.com/en/nationalisation.html

15. Qatar Airways National Scholarships Programme

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The National Scholarships Programme offered by Qatar Airways provides financial and academic support to Qatari students studying in Qatar and overseas. Students are provided assistance during their studies, and upon completion of those studies, they join Qatar Airways as Graduate Developees. As part of this support, students are required to conduct one internship after their second year of study (sophomore year) and one internship after their third year (junior year). The Internship Programme is primarily in place for the development of students, however other students may apply for the programme.

For more information, please visit: https://www.qatarairways.com/en-qa/nationalisation/national-scholarship-programme.html
Current opportunities under the National Scholarships Programme can be found here: http://careers.qatarairways.com/qatarairways/VacancyDetail.aspx?VacancyID=82127&PageID=12040

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