Qatar Airways Chicago flight from April 10

March 04, 2013 - 3:37:43 am

Dr Hatem Khalaf

DOHA: Qatar Airways is to launch passenger flights to Chicago with a reduced schedule from April 10. Originally planned to be daily, the non-stop Doha-Chicago route will now be operated three-times-a-week, rising to a planned daily service from June 15. Chicago will be the airline’s fourth US gateway.

In addition, scheduled flights between Doha and Chengdu, the carrier’s sixth point in China, were due to start with three-flights-a-week from March 19, but the launch has been postponed.

Qatar Airways’ corporate planners have been actively working on adjusting capacity on routes across its network as a result of the grounding of its Boeing 787s which has impacted operations.

Passengers booked on the affected flights are being contacted by Qatar Airways and re-booked on alternative flights and routings.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “We sincerely apologise to our customers for the inconvenience of the capacity adjustments caused by the grounding of the 787s, which is out of our hands.

“We are making every effort to ensure our valued customers are aware of these service updates and are accommodated accordingly.”

Qatar, Netherlands discuss legal cooperation

Doha: The Minister of Justice, H E Hassan bin Abdullah Al Ghanem, met yesterday Dutch Ambassador to Qatar John Groffen.

Talks during the meeting dealt with aspects of legal and judicial cooperation between Qatar and the Netherlands, focusing on the implementation of the outcomes of the First Gulf Judicial Seminar on Cross-Frontier Legal Co-operation in Civil and Commercial Matters, held in Doha from June 20 to 22, 2011, especially in the fields of protection of the family and children. 

HMC consultant elected PALTS president

Doha: The leading role played by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Qatar in the field of liver transplant medicine was recognised by the Pan Arab Liver Transplant Society (PALTS) with the recent election of Dr Hatem Khalaf (pictured), Senior Consultant at HMC, as PALTS President.

“This spectacular success is due to the boundless support that the Qatar Centre for Organ Transplant receives from the wise leadership of Qatar, especially from H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser,” said Dr Khalaf. 

Dr Khalaf commended cooperation among GCC countries in sharing expertise and knowledge, saying that these countries are also jointly benefiting from their collaboration on organ transplant initiatives. He also mentioned the agreement between HMC and the International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement, which will soon arrive in Doha to assist in the establishment of a Donors’ Registration Programme.

Dr Khalaf said: “The Pan Arab Liver Transplant Society was founded in 2006 at the initiative of three doctors: Dr Ibrahim Mustafa from Egypt, Dr Mohamed Sabeel from Saudi Arabia, and myself. The PALTS’ current membership is 300 physicians representing more than 29 liver transplant centres from all over the Arab region.”

Kahramaa department  gets ISO certification

Doha: The Electricity System Control Department at Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) received an ISO certification (ISO:9001/2008) recently for its quality management system.

The achievement has added a new dimension to Kahramaa’s recognitions and appreciations from across the world, a press release issued by the company said yesterday. The certification is the outcome of  dedicated attention and commendable team work among others at the department.

Appreciating the team, Engineer Essa bin Hilal Al  Kuwari, Kahramaa’s President, said: “The certification is the reflection of high quality and performance efficiency of Kahramaa employees. It should be a motivation for us to keep on the high performance and excellence,.”

He lauded the ISO team at System Control and Quality and Continual Improvement departments headed by managers, Engineer Abdul Azeez Al  Hammadi and Engineer Abdulla Al Deyab, respectively and all departments that contributed to this achievement.

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