Qatar Airways will celebrate this year’s Qatar National Day (QND) by creating a host of special moments for passengers travelling both on board the ‘World’s Best Airline’, and via its home and hub Hamad International Airport (HIA).
QND commemorates the founding of Qatar on December, 18, 1878, by Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani, under whom Qatar became a single, coherent nation and an independent, unified country, the airline said in a statement.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar al-Baker, said: “Qatar National Day is a time to reflect on the nation’s incredible success and to celebrate its unique cultural identity. As the national carrier, we mark this day by extending our gratitude to our beloved country.
“We take pride in carrying the name ‘Qatar’ around the world, and our celebrations are a reflection of pride in our identity, embodying the nation’s values, spirit and vision."
First and Business Class passengers will be welcomed with a refreshing beverage created for this occasion – a special ‘Berries Fizz’ drink, nicely complimented with a specially designed bespoke menu, featuring a range of flavoursome dishes and a choice of exclusive National Day inspired desserts. Passengers will also be presented with a box of rich Läderach chocolate.
The Economy Class cabin will be dressed with Qatar National Day themed headrest covers, and passengers can select their meal preference from a bespoke digital menu, featuring a range of delicious dishes inspired by Qatari cuisine.
In addition, passengers flying with the airline on Qatar National Day will enjoy complimentary Super Wi-Fi for the duration of their flights across all cabin classes.
QND celebrations continue through to Al Safwa First Class Lounge and Al Mourjan Business Lounge at HIA, decorated in flower arrangements inspired by the colours of Qatar’s National flag. Passengers can enjoy the traditional and aromatic Arabic coffee and dates. The menu features Qatari culinary favourites which amongst many choices include Chicken Machboos, Chicken Maklouba, themed desserts, a special bread assortment, and signature mocktails.
The national carrier of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 140 destinations. With more frequencies being added to key hubs, Qatar Airways offers unrivalled connectivity to passengers, making it easy for them to change their travel dates or destination as required.
Earlier this month, Qatar Airways earned the title of ‘World Class’ airline and ‘2022 Five Star Global Airline’ at the APEX/IFSA Awards, in addition to securing two additional awards including APEX Passenger Choice Awards for Best Food & Beverage and Best Seat Comfort. Throughout the pandemic, the airline has been recognised for its continued emphasis on innovation and an unparalleled commitment to creating the most premium passenger experience in the industry.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was announced as the ‘Airline of the Year’ by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax, in addition to securing five additional awards including ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Airline Seat’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’. The airline continues to stand alone at the top of the industry having won the main prize for an unprecedented sixth time (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021). The airline’s hub, Hamad International Airport, was also recently recognised as the ‘Best Airport in the World 2021’, ranking at number one in the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2021.