General Information Qatar Airways
Founded: 22 November 1993
Fleet size: 233
Headquarters: Qatar Airways Towers, Qatar, Doha
History and Development
Qatar Airways was established on November 22, 1993; operations started on January 20, 1994. Amman was first served in May 1994. In April 1995, the airline’s CEO was the Sheikh Hamad Bin Ali Bin Jabor Al Thani who employed a staff of 75. By this time the fleet consisted of two Airbus A310s that served a route network including Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Cairo, Dubai, Khartoum, Kuwait, London, Madras, Manila, Muscat, Osaka, Sharjah, Taipei, Tokyo, and Trivandrum. During 1995, two ex-All Nippon Airways Boeing 747s were bought from Boeing. The airline acquired a second-hand Boeing 747SP from Air Mauritius in 1996.
On 27 May 2014, the touchdown of a flight from Bahrain at Doha’s Hamad International Airport marked the official transfer of Qatar Airways’ operations to its new hub, replacing Doha International Airport.
Fourteen additional destinations were added to the Qatar Airways network during 2012, including Addis Ababa, Baghdad, Belgrade, Erbil, Gassim, Kigali, Kiliminjaro, Maputo, Mombasa, Perth, Saint Petersburg, Warsaw, Yangon, and Zagreb.
As of December 2014, Qatar Airways served 146 points worldwide following the launch of flights to Asmara. The airline had previously added to the route network Dallas/Fort Worth, the carrier’s seventh destination in the United States and the second one in Texas along with Houston, Haneda, Miami, Edinburgh, its third destination in the United Kingdom, Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, its third point served in Turkey and Djibouti. Starting June 2015, the carrier will serve Amsterdam. Starting December 2015, it was announced the airline will serve Durban.
On October 8, 2012, Qatar Airways announced it would join Oneworld within the forthcoming 18 months. The entrance of the carrier into the alliance was mentored by British Airways. The joining ceremony took place on October 29, 2013, and Qatar Airways became the first major Gulf carrier to join an airline alliance.
Since June 2017, all of Qatar Airways’ flights are banned from Emirati, Saudi Arabian, Bahraini, and Egyptian airspace and airports due to the 2017 diplomatic crisis. All airlines from these countries are also banned from Qatari airspace and airports.
On 18 June 2019, Qatar Airways launched its first flight from Doha to Davao, Philippines.
On July 1, three months after announcing Doha-Mogadishu flights, Qatar Airways launched its first flight to Somalia.
In August 2019, the company introduced flights to Langkawi, as a part of its expansion plans in Southeast Asia. The route is Qatar Airways’ third destination in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
On September 8, 2019, Qatar Airways announced the launch of its flights to Luanda, Angola, starting March 2020.
In October 2019, Qatar Airways added a third South American destination to its list by signing a deal with Guyana to offer its routes to the country’s airports and operate both passenger and cargo flights.
Qatar Airways always tries its best to bring something special for their customers. To serve customers from all classes, Emirates Airlines maintains 3 classes namely First Class, Business class and Economy class.
Qatar Airways offers first-class passengers over 6.5 feet of legroom and seats that fold into flat beds with feather duvets. First-class seats are equipped with massage functions and an entertainment system. First-class, available only on A380s, features a 90-inch seat pitch, transforming into a fully flat bed, together with an expansive choice of entertainment options displayed on individual 26-inch television screens. It is configured as 1-2-1. All new Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft will be in a standard two-class configuration.
Qatar Airways offers business class passengers fully flat horizontal beds with direct aisle access in a 1-2-1 configuration onboard its Airbus A380, Airbus A350, Boeing 777, and Boeing 787 aircraft. On other long and medium-haul aircraft, business class seats are in a 2-2-2 configuration offering flatbed seats with 180 degrees recline, with massage functions.
Qatar Airways has introduced new business class seats onboard its newly delivered A320 aircraft with IFE seat-back PTVs in every seat. It will introduce the new seats in each upcoming new A320 aircraft, as well as retrofitting 4 existing A321 and 2 A319LR aircraft.
In March 2017, Qatar Airways revealed a new business class cabin, dubbed “Qsuite.” The new cabin offer suites with doors arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. Qsuite features single seats on the window sides, and the middle section suites can be converted into a quad room, allowing four passengers to face each other in a dining-room like set up. Additionally, select “couple” seat pairs in the middle section can be converted into a double bed, offering a product similar to what other airlines offer in First Class. Launched on new Boeing 777-300ER and A350 XWB aircraft from summer 2017 and initially introduced on the Doha to London Heathrow route, the seats will be retrofitted in the remaining fleet progressively. The Airbus A330 and Airbus A380 fleets will not get retrofitted with the Qsuites due to their upcoming retirement of the types beginning in 2019 and 2024 in favor of the Airbus A350, Boeing 787, and Boeing 777X.
Qatar Airways economy class was named best in the world in the 2009 and 2010 Skytrax Awards. Qatar Airways offers economy class passengers a seat pitch of up to 34 inches. Economy class passengers on A330 aircraft are offered individual seat-back TV screens. Passengers on Airbus A350, A380, Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft are offered touch-screen IFE monitors.
Qatar Airways has taken delivery of several A320 family aircraft so far with individual seat-back personal televisions in every seat in economy class. The IFE is equipped with the same Thales entertainment system as used in the widebody fleet. A further four A321s and the two A319LRs will be equipped with the new IFE, as well as new upcoming A320 family aircraft deliveries.
New economy seats will be introduced with the launch of the 787. These new seats will be produced by Recaro and are fitted in a 3-3-3 configuration. 16.9 inches of width and a pitch of 32 inches will offer less personal space than before. Furthermore, each seat will have a 10.6 inch in-seat TV monitor offering in-flight entertainment. The features will also extend to the possibility of Wi-Fi and GSM telephony usage and USB ports for connecting personal items such as digital cameras.
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