Qatar Airways ‘steals limelight’ on opening day of Eurasia Airshow
April 25 2018 09:22 PM
Akbar al-Baker with Turkish dignitaries.
Akbar al-Baker with Turkish dignitaries.

Doha

Qatar Airways was in the spotlight during the opening day of Eurasia Airshow, a new aviation industry event hosted for the first time in Antalya, Turkey.

Visitors to the airshow were able to experience two of the airline’s aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000 and the premium Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER.

VIP visitors to the Qatar Airways aircraft included Turkey’s Deputy Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communications, Yuksel Coskunyurek; the Governor of Antalya, Munir Karaloglu; and the deputy director-general of Civil Aviation Turkey, Bahri Kesici.

The airline said in a statement that it “showcased its most advanced passenger aircraft featuring the revolutionary Qsuite Business Class seat, the Airbus A350-1000, as well as the Gulfstream G650ER, a premium Qatar Executive aircraft, and an industry-leading long-range business jet”.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar al-Baker said, “We are delighted to have attended and participated in the newly-launched Eurasia Airshow in Antalya, Turkey. With more than 100,000 visitors from across the world, this successful airshow is the perfect platform to showcase both our latest aircraft, the A350-1000 and our premium G650ER.”

Visitors, including VIPs and media, were welcomed on board both aircraft to experience the “bespoke interiors and the award-winning service provided by the five-star airline”, the statement noted.

Qatar Airways currently operates direct flights to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport twice daily, to Istanbul Atatürk Airport 10 times weekly, to Adana Airport three times weekly, a daily service to Ankara’s Esenbo?a Airport and three times weekly to Hatay Airport, bringing the total to 37 weekly flights between Doha and Turkey.

Qsuite features the industry’s first Business Class fully lie-flat double bed, a quad design offering passengers a private and fully adaptable space – ‘the first and only of its kind’ – in addition to movable TV monitors and privacy dividers, which transform the space into an area perfect for socialising.

The airline recently took delivery of its fourth Gulfstream G650ER executive aircraft, the fastest ultra-long-range business jet in the world, making Qatar Airways the world’s largest owner-operator of Gulfstream G650ERs. Qatar Executive has a total of 30 Gulfstream aircraft on order, a combination of the G500, G600 and G650ERs.

Starting July 1, Qatar Airways will begin operating a Boeing B787 between Doha and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Istanbul, to accommodate for the summer traffic increases to and from this renowned destination.



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