QATAR AIRWAYS BRINGS REVOLUTIONARY QSUITE TO MIDDLE EAST FOR FIRST TIME

Doha, – Qatar Airways made a host of exciting announcements to kick-start day one of the Middle East’s biggest travel show in Dubai today.

At the highly anticipated annual press conference Qatar Airways announced it will be the first airline in the Middle East to launch high-speed broadband on flights starting this summer, along with a brand new graphic user interface (GUI) for improved usability and a complimentary new entertainment application for early access to thousands of entertainment options. Combined with the regional reveal of its impressive and ground-breaking Qsuite, Qatar Airways undoubtedly stole the show on the opening day of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the Airliner said in a statement.

Qatar Airways also revealed an additional 12 new destinations to be launched in 2018: San Francisco, U.S.; Cardiff, United Kingdom; Utapao, Thailand; Chittagong, Bangladesh; Mykonos, Greece; Malaga, Spain; Accra, Ghana; Lisbon, Portugal; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Prague, Czech Republic; Kiev, Ukraine and Mombasa, Kenya. This news comes after the airline had already announced an impressive 14 new destinations for 2017-18, further adding to the airline’s global network of more than 150 destinations.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways constantly strives to create the ultimate passenger experience. It is this simple methodology that continues to place us ahead of our competitors when offering the best service in the skies. Seamless connectivity is part of our passenger’s lifestyle requirements on the ground and is fast becoming a minimum expectation for travel in the air. In order to not just meet these expectations, but to exceed them, I am delighted to announce this partnership with Inmarsat, the leading provider of airborne broadband connectivity.

This, alongside our recently launched Qsuite, will offer premium passengers a new level of sophistication, privacy and connectivity in the skies from this summer.

The new destinations announced today mean that we can now bring these innovative and world-class products to even more travellers around the world.” Leading the announcements was the launch of the new high-speed broadband in partnership with Inmarsat (GX Aviation).

This offering heralds a new chapter in connectivity for the airline, enabling both premium and economy passengers the ability to stream content and browse the internet with the same speed and efficiency as if they were on the ground.

Initially available on the Boeing 777 and Airbus 350, Inmarsat’s ‘GX Aviation’ product will offer seamless connectivity through its proprietary Global Xpress Ka-band satellite network, designed perfectly for use in commercial aviation.

Qatar Airways also announced the launch of its redesigned website, set to go live in early May. The new website was developed to showcase the airline’s destinations and service, and features more than 2000 new destination and fleet images, and over 400 videos, including 360 degree videos and panoramic images.

These significant announcements came on the day that the Doha-based airline proudly unveiled its new Business Class experience, Qsuite, to consumers in the Middle East for the first time. Al Baker revealed the finer details of the recently launched Qsuite at the press conference, before revealing the Qsuite in person to gathering crowds of media and VIP attendees at the airline’s stand.

Qsuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, with privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room. Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialize together.

These new features provide the ultimate customizable travel experience that enable passengers to create an environment that suits their own unique needs.

Qatar Airways continuously revolutionizes the passenger experience, enabling passengers to enjoy First Class features within the airline’s Business Class cabin.

The first Qsuites will be retrofitted onto existing Qatar Airways aircraft from June onwards, at a rate of about one plane per month. The first destinations to feature the Qsuites are due to be London, Paris and New York.

Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 195 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.(QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency