DOHA: Qatar Airways (QA) recorded a runaway success at the Singapore Airshow 2014 where the airline was exhibiting for the first time, attracting more than 450 people over four days for an exclusive tour of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Qatar Airways welcomed hundreds of trade visitors and members of the media onboard its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which was on static display for the first time at the Singapore Airshow. Visitors were introduced to the new, premium aircraft with its unique features such as improved cabin pressure, dimmable windows and a more spacious seating configuration across both the Business and Economy cabins, the QA said in a press release issued here on Monday.
The airline also announced on the first day of the airshow that commencing 31 March, 2014, Qatar Airways will be operating a Boeing 787 Dreamliner alongside its existing fleet of Boeing 777s on its Singapore-Doha sector, the carrier’s first route in Southeast Asia to be using the 787 aircraft.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, who met with aviation industry leaders and the media at the airshow, said: "Asia is a very important market for Qatar Airways, and by exhibiting our Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the Singapore Airshow we are reinforcing our long-term commitment to Singapore and the rest of this region.
"Qatar Airways became the latest airline to join the oneworld Alliance last October, and through our membership we have been able to offer our customers across Asia greater connectivity and ease of access to the 134 destinations we fly to, as well as the opportunity to experience our world-class, in-flight service," he added.
Over the next few months, Qatar Airways will continue to invest in new aircraft and new routes as well as move its hub to the new, state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha. The carrier currently has nine Boeing 787 Dreamliners in its fleet, with 51 more on order.
Qatar Airways currently operates 14 flights each week between Singapore and its Doha base, and recently celebrated a decade of operations in the island-state.
Held biennially, the Singapore Airshow is one of the most prominent aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world and the largest in Asia.
Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the State of Qatar. Currently undergoing rapid expansion, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world.
Now in its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 129 aircraft flying to 134 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.
On October 30, 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the first Gulf carrier to join the global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.
Award-winning carrier Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France, last June.
The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.
During the 2013 Dubai Air Show the airline placed orders for more than 60 new aircraft, a mixture of Boeing 777X and Airbus A330 Freighters.
In total the airline has more than 280 aircraft on order worth more than US $50 billion.
The airline will move into its new hub and home, Hamad International Airport from early 2014. (QNA)