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Qatar Airways will reveal the first aircraft featuring its revolutionary new First in Business Class on Paris Air Show

Qatar Airways will reveal the first aircraft featuring its revolutionary new First in Business Class on Paris Air Show
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DOHA, QATAR – Qatar Airways is set to steal the limelight at this year’s Paris Air Show, taking place from 19 to 25 June at Le Bourget in Paris, with the launch of the first aircraft in its fleet fitted with the revolutionary, award-winning new Qsuite, Qatar Airways’ First in Business Class concept.

First retro-fitted in a Qatar Airways Boeing 777 aircraft, Qsuite is a unique and patented seat design that will bring the First Class experience to the airline’s Business Class cabin, setting a new standard for Premium Class travel and redefining industry expectations, in tandem with the airline’s already award-winning Business Class service. The Paris Air Show will be the first time the seat has been displayed in an aircraft, allowing visitors a unique preview of the on-board offering.

Qatar Airways’ patented new seat design has already gained industry recognition after receiving the Best Airline Innovation of the Year award at the 2017 ULTRAS (Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards) for its launch of Qsuite. The prestigious award was presented at a ceremony at The Savoy hotel in London, attended by Sarah, Duchess of York and HRH Princess Eugenie of York, along with industry experts and VIPs. The win was significant in that the award was given before the seat has even commenced service, such is the anticipated impact of the design on the premium travel industry.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “The Paris Air Show 2017 presents the perfect platform for Qatar Airways to show to the world its first aircraft fitted with our unique, patented and game-changing product, Qsuite. I am sure that our new First in Business Class product will be a key attraction throughout the week for industry, trade, media and aviation enthusiasts alike, demonstrating once again Qatar Airways’ relentless pursuit of innovation and commitment to ensuring the highest-quality experience for our passengers.”

Qsuite features the aviation 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. In addition, TV monitors on the centre four seats can move to allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite for four to work, dine or socialise together.

New and patented features within Qsuite provide the ultimate customisable travel experience for Qatar Airways’ Business Class passengers, enabling them to create an environment specific to their own needs. Individually-crafted suites contain luxurious details such as hand-stitched leather and satin rose gold finishing, bringing an additional level of luxury, privacy and style to Qatar Airways’ Business Class offering.

To further complement the customisable on-board seating experience that passengers will now enjoy, Qatar Airways is also launching a new food and beverage concept to accompany the current Business Class dine-on-demand service. The delights of this new menu will also be on offer during the air show. The new Business Class menu will now offer an additional selection of snack ‘sharing dishes’ available throughout the flight, allowing travellers to turn dining at 35,000 feet into a social experience. A wake-up Express Breakfast for early morning arrivals will also be available for those who choose to sleep a little longer by making the most of the ‘Do Not Disturb’ option available on the door of their private Qsuite.

Known for industry firsts, Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the State of Qatar, and is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 200 aircraft flying to key business and leisure destinations across six continents. The airline was awarded the World’s Best Business Class by Skytrax in 2016, and its home hub, Hamad International Airport was also recently honoured with five stars at the Skytrax World Airport Awards.

Qatar Airways’ glbal operations running smoothly
Qatar Airways’ operations to and from its Doha hub are running smoothly, with the vast majority of flights operating as scheduled.

In the past week, the award-winning global airline has flown approximately 1,200 flights between Doha and its network of more than 150 destinations around the globe, with 90 per cent of those flights departing within 15 minutes of their scheduled departure time.

In the coming months, that network will continue to grow. Yesterday, the airline launched direct service to Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Qatar Airways’ service to Nice, France, will commence on 4 July, and flights to Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, on 17 July. Other new destinations planned for the remainder of this year and 2018 include Las Vegas (USA), Canberra (Australia), Douala (Cameroon), Libreville (Gabon), Medan (Indonesia), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Santiago (Chile) and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), as well as many others.

Earlier this week the airline released its annual report for the fiscal year 2017, revealing a net profit of $541 million, a 21.7 per cent year-on-year increase. The results also show an annual revenue increase of 10.4 per cent.

Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways’ global operations continue to run smoothly, with the vast majority of our network unaffected by the current circumstances. Our focus is on supporting any passengers impacted by the current situation and ensuring that we continue to deliver our award-winning service. Our network expansion continues with two new destinations launching in the next month. As far as we are concerned, it is business as usual.”

He added: “This blockade is unprecedented, and it is in direct contradiction to the convention that guarantees rights to civil overflight. We call upon the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to declare this an illegal act. We are not a political body, we are an airline, and this blockade has stripped us of the rights which are guaranteed to us.”

In light of the blockade, the airline has significantly increased the operations of its global call centre and social media to ensure concerned customers receive the best possible care, and has even extended its commercial policy to ensure greater flexibility for refunds and rebooking for any passengers whose flight is impacted by the recent travel bans. The airline has also introduced new functionality on Facebook to provide customers with flexible call-back options. The airline is widely recognised as offering the world’s best service and holds the title ‘Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East’ as awarded by the customer-voted Skytrax awards.

Qatar Airways’ revolutionary new “First in Business” seat, Qsuite, will be showcased to thousands of visitors at the Paris Air Show from 19–25 June before debuting on its first route, between Doha and London Heathrow, later this month. The 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 on the centre four seats allows colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialise together.

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

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