What kind of airline would you build if you had the financial resources for the very best? Qatar Airways began in 1994 as a regional carrier with just four aircraft. The airline was re-launched in 1997 under the mandate of His Highness The Father Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who envisioned Qatar Airways as a leading international airline with the finest standards of service and excellence.
And as His Excellency Mr. Al Baker, GCEO of Qatar Airways, said at a press conference the Ritz Carlton in Boston on Monday, April 11, they are “constantly raising the bar.”
Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, is one of the world’s fastest growing and most highly awarded airlines. Skytrax rated it Airline of the Year 2015, 2012, 2011 and runner up in 2014 and 2013.
Qatar, the desert peninsula and independent emirate on the west coast of the Persian Gulf, might be smaller than our state of Connecticut, but it is an economic powerhouse. Fueled by the oil and gas industries, this former fishing and pearling region has one of the highest per-capita incomes in the world and the resources to create a fleet of aircraft like no other.
It is the launch customer for the Airbus A350 XWB, an extra-wide body technologically advanced aircraft with wider seats in Business and Economy class, the widest seats of any jetliner in its category,
The Airbus A350 XWB has the lowest twin engine noise level of any aircraft, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED mood lighting. This combines to enhance passenger comfort and reduce fatigue after a long flight. The seats and special amenities in each of the cabin classes are proprietary to Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways’ A350 XWB has a state-of-the-art Oryx entertainment system with up to 2,000 entertainment options on individual screens in all classes. It includes a digital handset with a second screen for enjoying two experiences, such as having the moving map that follows the journey displayed on the handset while a movie plays on the main screen.
A USB and Apple IPort socket is available in all classes for enjoying entertainment from a passenger’s own device and for recharging the device. GSM, GPRS and Wi-Fi is also available in all classes for use on laptops, phones and tablets.
Window seats have wide panoramic windows that offer the flexibility of going from fully transparent to 100% light-blocking. The flat floor design creates extra legroom for all passengers. LED mood lighting adds to passenger comfort and reduces the effect of jet lag.
There is advanced air conditioning technology and unique control of humidity level, making for a more comfortable and relaxing flight and less fatigue on arrival. The air is exchanged every two to three minutes.
The A350’s advanced flight control system constantly adapts to minimize gust-induced wing loading for a smooth flight.
All business class seats are aisle seats. Celebrity chefs create the business class menu and His Excellency Mr. Al Baker noted “nothing goes on the airplanes until I have first smelled and tasted it.”
By 2011 Qatar Airways reached 100 destinations and was named Airline of the Year 2011 at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. In July 2012, Qatar Airways was again named Airline of the Year. In June 2015 it was honored with the title once again.
The airline extended its network when it became affiliated with oneworld in 2013.
Qatar Airways now flies 181 aircraft to more than 150 destinations across six continents. With double digit growth year-after-year, it is one of the fastest growing airlines on earth. It serves a continuously expanding global network in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
More than 320 new aircraft worth more than US$70 billion are pending delivery over the next few years.
Boston is but one of the routes added in 2016. The airline also launched routes to Los Angeles (USA), Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), Sydney (Australia) and Birmingham (UK) so far in 2016.
In the next few months the airline is further expanding its network to Atlanta (USA), Adelaide (Australia), Yerevan (Armenia), Marrakech (Morocco), Pisa (Italy), Sarajevo (Bosnia), Windhoek (Namibia), Helsinki (Finland), Skopje (Macedonia), Auckland (New Zealand), Krabi (Thailand), Seychelles, Chiang Mai (Thailand), Nice (France), Lusaka (Zambia), Douala (Cameroon), and Libreville (Gabon). The frequency and capacity to many existing routes is also being expanded.
Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the eighth year. In 2015 it was also awarded Best Business Class Airline Seat. In 2014, Qatar Airways won the Best Business Class in the World for the second consecutive year and World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge for the second year consecutively.
Qatar Airways was the first airline in the world to pass the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit with a perfect 100% compliance in 2003 and passed the test again during the two-year renewal periods in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and in June 2015. The airline was assessed on flight and ground operations, aircraft engineering, maintenance, operational security, cabin operations and management systems.
In 2012, Qatar Airways negotiated a worldwide partnership with a global education program , Educate A Child (EAC), which is designed to address the plight of 61 million children worldwide who lack access to quality primary education This partnership was initiated by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar.