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Qatar Airways
Founded 1995- Relaunched 1997
Hubs Doha International Airport
Frequent flyer program Qatar Airways Privilege Club - Qmiles
Member lounge Qatar Airways First and Business Lounges
Fleet size 81 (+182 orders) incl.cargo
Destinations 85 incl.cargo destinations
Company slogan World's 5-star airline
Parent company Government of Qatar
Headquarters Doha, Qatar
Key people Akbar Al Baker (CEO)

Qatar Airways Company Q.C.S.C. (Arabic: القطرية‎) is the flag carrier airline of Qatar, based in Doha. It operates a hub and spoke network, linking over 80 international destinations. It is among the only six airlines awarded 5-star rating by Skytrax along with Kingfisher Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Asiana Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines.[1]

Qatar Airways operates services to over 85 destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Indian subcontinent, North America, Far East, Africa, Central Asia, and Oceania.

Qatar Airways is currently undergoing a major expansion and is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. Qatar Airways also operates one of the youngest fleets in the world.[citation needed]

Qatar Airways has more than 15,000 employees including 10,000 working for the airline and 5,000 working in the airline's subsidiaries.[citation needed]



Qatar Airways has many divisions including: Qatar Aircraft Catering Company, Doha International Airport, Qatar Airways Holidays, United Media Int, Qatar Duty Free, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Distribution Company and Qatar Executive.


As of December 2009 Qatar Airways serves 85[2][3] destinations and Qatar Airways Cargo serves 19 (including 15 destinations served by Qatar Airways also) destinations in 53 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Australia from its hub at Doha International Airport.

Qatar Airways recently announced that it will launch 8 new destinations during 2010. These new destinations include Ankara, Bangalore, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Sao Paulo, Tokyo and Sydney. The introduction of these new destinations will bring the number of destinations Qatar Airways serves from 85 to 93 destinations worldwide.


Qatar Airways Cargo, the airlines freight branch, has ordered seven Boeing 777F. The first Boeing 777-F will be delivered to the airline in 2009 to coincide with the opening of the New Doha International Airport, which will have freight facilities able to handle 750,000 tonnes of cargo per annum during its first development phase. The Boeing 777F will be used primarily on Qatar Airways' Far East and European routes and will be supplemented by Airbus A300-600F freighters that operate on regional routes feeding the airline's hub.

Dedicated cargo flights to Cairo International Airport were launched in June 2009 complementing the passenger services already operated.[4]

Qatar Executive

Qatar Executive is a corporate jet subsidiary of Qatar Airways. It operates a fleet of one Bombardier Challenger 300 and two of the larger Bombardier Challenger 605 aircraft. The jets are painted is a different paint scheme than the rest of Qatar Airways' fleet, sporting a white fuselage with an slightly smaller Oryx painted in the airline's traditional colors of burgundy and gray.



Current Fleet

Qatar Airways Airbus A330-300 at Manchester Airport, UK

Qatar Airways formerly flew an all-Airbus fleet but now has a mix of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The fleet consists of the following aircraft (including Qatar Executive fleet) as of March 2010:

Qatar Airways[5]
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
Entry into service
Airbus A300-600RF 3 0 Cargo In service
Airbus A319-100LR 2 0 110 (8/0/102) In service
Airbus A319-100CJ 1 0 36 (16/20/0) In service
Airbus A320-200 14 17 144 (12/0/132) In service
Airbus A321-200 9 3 177 (0/12/165)
196 (0/0/196)
In service
Airbus A330-200 16 0 228 (12/24/192)
232 (8/24/200)
260 (0/24/236)
272 (0/24/248)
In service
Airbus A330-300 13 0 259 (12/24/223)
305 (0/30/275)
In service
Airbus A340-600 4 0 306 (8/42/256) In service
Boeing 777-200LR 6 2 259 (0/42/217) In service
Boeing 777-300ER 10 20 335 (0/42/293) In service
Bombardier Challenger 300 1 0 7 (7/0/0) In service
Bombardier Challenger 600 2 0 11 (11/0/0) In service
Total 81 43

Future Aircraft

Qatar Airways placed orders for over a hundred new-generation aircraft to replace existing aircraft and add extra capacity to its world-wide network. Six new types of wide-body aircraft are expected to join the fleet within the next five years.

Qatar Airways[5]
Aircraft Orders Passengers
Entry into service
Boeing 777F 3 Cargo 2010
Boeing 787-8 30 TBD 2011
Airbus A380-800 5 TBD 2012
Airbus A350-900 40 TBD 2013
Airbus A350-800 20 TBD 2014
Airbus A350-1000 20 TBD 2015
Total 118

Previous Aircraft Operated

Qatar Airways has operated various types of aircraft over its history.

Qatar Airways[5]
Aircraft Number Operated
Airbus A300-600R 7
Airbus A310-200 2
Boeing 727-200ADV 3
Boeing 737-200 1
Boeing 747 SP 2
Boeing 757-200 1
Total 11


All classes onboard Qatar Airways aircraft (except A319/some 320/321) have video screens at every seat. Only a few A320s have personal televisions in every seat, and more are to be fitted in the near future. Live digital satellite television can be accessed on the A330 and A340 aircraft, offering European and Arabic channels. All long-haul fleet aircraft and some short-haul aircraft are equipped with on-demand IFE systems featuring movies, TV programmes, music, games, interactive maps, and a personal telephone.

Interior of Qatar Airways Airbus A330-200

Qatar Airways has introduced new flat-bed seats in Business Class on its fleet of new Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.

First Class

Qatar Airways offers First Class passengers over 6.5 feet of legroom and seats that fold into flat beds with feather duvets. First Class seats are equipped with massage functions and an entertainment system. Qatar Airways plans to eliminate First Class cabins from existing A340 planes, as well as new aircraft deliveries [1]. Al-Baker has announced that all upcoming 777 deliveries will be in standard two-class configuration.

Business Class

Qatar Airways offers Business Class passengers fully flat 180-degree horizontal beds in a 2-2-2 configuration onboard a fleet of new Boeing 777 aircraft. The Boeing 777 aircraft are used exclusively on flights to the USA and Australia - New York (JFK), Washington, DC (IAD), Houston (IAH) and Melbourne (MEL) - and also on some routes throughout the Qatar Airways network including Bangkok (BKK), Singapore (SIN), Hong Kong (HKG), Manila (MNL), Jeddah (JED), and Kuala Lumpur (KUL). Business Class passengers onboard other long-haul aircraft have up to 172-degree recliner seats, with massage functions. Passengers are served a delicatessen such as foie gras, caviar, and smoked salmon. Customers can choose fine wines and champagnes, including vintages exclusive to Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways has introduced new Business Class seats onboard its newly delievered A320 aircraft with IFE seat-back PTVs in every seat. It will introduce the new seats in each upcoming new A320 aircraft, as well as retrofitting 4 existing A321 and 2 A319LR aircraft.

Qatar Airways will introduce a whole new business class cabin starting from 2011. Details as to what the new cabin will feature have not been made public [2].

Economy Class

Qatar Airways Economy Class was named best in the world in the 2009 Skytrax Awards. Qatar Airways offers Economy Class passengers a seat pitch of up to 34 inches. Economy class passengers on A330/A340 aircraft are offered individual seat-back TV screens. Passengers on 777 aircraft are offered touch-screen TV's.

Qatar Airways has taken delivery of three A320 and one A321 aircraft so far with individual seat-back personal televisions in every seat in economy class. The IFE is equipped with the same Thales entertainment system as used in the widebody fleet. A further four A321s and two A319LRs will be equipped with the new IFE, as well as new upcoming A320 family aircraft delieveries. The A319LR are set to be retrofitted with the new PTVs before the launch of Copenhagen.

Cabin crew

Qatar Airways cabin crew was voted World's Best Cabin Crew in the Middle East for the seventh consecutive year at the 2009 Skytrax airline awards.

Privilege Club

Qatar Airways' Privilege Club loyalty programme has reciprocal agreements with bmi's Diamond Club, Lufthansa's Miles and More, Middle East Airlines' Cedar Miles, All Nippon Airways' Mileage Club, United Airlines' Mileage Plus, and US Airways' Dividend Miles frequent flyer schemes. Privilege Club also has tie-ups with international hotel and car rental companies.

Qatar Airways Exclusive Premium Terminal

The Premium Terminal, Qatar Airways' dedicated terminal for First and Business Class passengers, opened at Doha International Airport in Winter 2006. Built in nine months at a cost of US$90million, the 10,000sqm Premium Terminal features facilities include check-in, duty-free shopping, conference rooms, nursery and play area, spa treatment rooms, sauna, jacuzzi and restaurants. The business class lounge has undergone renovation that has increased the seating capacity by more than 80%. CEO Akabar Al Bakar is also leading the development of the New Doha International Airport, which opens in phases from 2011.

Codeshare partners

Qatar Airways office in the Houston Pavilions in Downtown Houston

Natural gas to liquid fuel demonstration

On 12 October 2009, a Qatar Airways Airbus A340-600 conducted the world's first commercial passenger flight using a mixture of kerosene and synthetic Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) fuel, produced from natural gas, on its flight from London's Gatwick Airport to Doha.[6] The experiment's purpose was to demonstrate the viability of jet fuel made from a source not subject to rapidly fluctuating oil prices. In addition, positioning natural gas in particular as an alternative source of jet fuel is in the interests of the Qatari government; Qatar is the world's leading exporter of natural gas. However, some experts believe that GTL fuel is likely to remain a marginal choice due to an expensive production process.[7]

Incidents and accidents

  • An Airbus A330-200 (Flight QR889) suffered a double engine flameout on approach into Shanghai on June 1, 2006 after a flight from Doha. Both engines were restarted and an emergency landing made at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The aircraft, registered A7-ACI, had just been delivered.[8]
  • On April 19, 2007, an Airbus A300-600R (registration A7-ABV) was written off as a result of a hangar fire during maintenance at Abu Dhabi International Airport (GAMCO maintenance center).

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Simple English

Qatar Airways (in Arabic: القطرية, al-Qatari'ya) is in airline company. This is in Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Its office can be found in the Doha International Airport. There will be another airport in Doha in short time. It is one of the fastest growing airlines, and one of the four airlines that are rated "five stars" because of its good service.


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