Qatar Executive’s commercial charter revenue grew by 18% in fiscal 2020, driven by an increase in commercial flying hours, Qatar Airways Group's Annual report has shown.
During the fiscal year 2020, Qatar Executive, the private jet division of Qatar Airways, received four brand new Gulfstream jets made up of two G650ER and two G500, expanding its fleet in response to growing global demand.
Despite the operational challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the private jet division increased flying hours by 34% in March this year.
According to the annual report, Qatar Executive successfully underwent an audit on two international standards in April 2019: IS-BAO (International Standard for Business Aircraft Operators) and Wyvern Wingman.
These are two internationally recognised aviation safety standards in the business and charter jet fields; IS-BAO is based on ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) standards while Wyvern, popular in the US market, also follows IS-BAO standard but dictates additional stringent requirements. The audits concentrated on, among other critical subjects, the Safety Management System (SMS) implemented in Qatar Executive as an operator.
In February this year, Qatar Executive was awarded ARGUS Gold status. ARGUS Rating is well known worldwide as a standard of excellence and safety in the business and charter jet fields.
In July 2019, Qatar Executive, using a Gulfstream G650ER, together with the ‘ONE MORE ORBIT’ team, made history by beating the world circumnavigation speed record for any aircraft flying over the North and South poles, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
The aircraft landed at Kennedy Space Centre on July 11, successfully setting a new world record of flying pole to pole in 46 hours, 39 minutes and 38 seconds.
In addition to this incredible achievement, Qatar Executive’s flight attendant during the mission, Magdalena Starowicz, became the first woman in history to complete the polar circumnavigation of the earth. In October 2019, Qatar Executive was announced as the Gulfstream G700 launch customer with the purchase of 10 G700 aircraft in addition to earlier orders of additional all-new Gulfstream G500 and high-performing G650ER aircraft.
The G700 boasts business aviation’s longest cabin and can fly further at faster speeds than any other competitor aircraft in the business-jet industry.
Offering an “extra-large ultra-galley” with lounge or crew compartment, up to five living areas and a large, bespoke master bedroom with ensuite master bath, the G700 is unparalleled.
Along with 20 panoramic windows and the Gulfstream cabin environment of 100% fresh air, low cabin altitude and whisper-quiet sound levels, the G700 promotes in-flight wellness and greatly reduces the physical impact of travelling halfway around the world, nonstop.