Hamad International Airport unveils Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan Business Lounge

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Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar’s state-of-the-art gateway to the world, has unveiled its new Al Mourjan Business Lounge for Qatar Airways’ Premium passengers. As one of the largest lounges in the world, with 10,000 square metres of bespoke design features, Al Mourjan offers Qatar Airways’ Premium travellers unrivalled Qatari hospitality with its signature five-star service.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways has been known for years for our award-winning Premium Terminal at DIA. We are now very pleased to be able to offer our Premium passengers our new premium lounge, which sets new benchmarks in airport luxury and will far exceed our passengers’ expectations. Qatar Airways does not compromise on quality and the Al Mourjan lounge is the perfect example of this as it is the epitome of comfort, convenience and five-star service that our Premium class passengers have come to expect from us. We look forward to welcoming them to this superior lounge experience.”

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Passengers who visit Al Mourjan will be able to enjoy the fresh and relaxing ambience courtesy of an abundance of natural sunlight throughout the lounge, paired with our state-of-the-art lighting technology. Passengers will also be impressed by the sheer size of the lounge: spread out over two levels, and equivalent to the size of 10 Olympic size pools, Al Mourjan can accommodate up to 1,000 visitors at a time. And for those looking to satisfy a hunger craving they can enjoy one of the many sumptuous dining options on offer, from light bites to seated dining in the mezzanine area. After enjoying a meal, passengers can also continue their journey through the mezzanine and enjoy the calm and serenity of the 15m x 7m infinity pool water feature which sits at the base of the spiral staircase, lit by a stunning four-tiered chandelier, to the second level of Al Mourjan.

For those looking to relax, there is a wealth of options available to help passengers rejuvenate before their flight, from the private quiet rooms and relaxing family spaces, to the games rooms for children offering PlayStation pods and an F1 driving simulator. Added to this Al Mourjan also offers prayer rooms, restrooms, a smoking area, a nursery and shower rooms with free amenities.

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Qatar Airways’ Premium travellers can also avail of a dedicated business centre offering a conference area, personal internet workstations, or printers and scanners, all to ensure a smooth and seamless transition from the office to the passengers’ final destination. Multi-purpose executive seating is also available throughout the lounge with a private Flight Information Display System monitor and reading light, as well as personal power and data outlets.

The Al Mourjan Business Lounge is open to Qatar Airways and oneworld First and Business Class passengers until the Al Safwa First Class Lounge opens as part of HIA’s phased development.

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The opening of Al Mourjan lounge is the latest in a vastly enhanced travel experience that passengers can expect when transiting through Qatar’s new Hamad International Airport. The airport, which opened in the second quarter of 2014, boasts over 600,000 square metres of space, 40,000 of which are dedicated to top of the line retail outlets and a wide variety of food and beverage options. Additional features include a hotel, a spa, squash courts, gym, activity nodes and art installations throughout the terminals.

Meanwhile the 16 lounges throughout the airport provide additional comfort to those that are looking to relax and unwind during their journey. In addition to Al Mourjan, Hamad International Airport offers a range of lounges for passengers to enjoy both in Departure and Arrival areas regardless of airline preference or travel class including; Oryx lounge, Al Maha service lounges, Gold, Silver and Premium lounges.

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Qatar Airways increases operations to Madrid with three additional flights per week

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Commencing November 16, Qatar Airways will be increasing its operations to Madrid, Spain, with the addition of three extra flights per week. The increase in frequency will bring the total number of flights up from seven to 10 per week, resulting in a significant increase in flight options for passengers.

With the addition of the three new frequencies, the route, which is serviced by a Boeing 777 aircraft will offer an additional 252 Business Class and 1,758 Economy Class seats per week, for an overall increase of 2,010 seats.

The additional flight timings will offer passengers even more choice when connecting to any of Qatar Airways’ 144 destinations throughout its global network. This includes excellent connection times for business and leisure passengers travelling to routes in the Middle East and Asia.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “In the short time that we have been flying to Madrid, we have witnessed a steady increase in the demand for flights to and from the city. I am happy to say that a direct result of that is the number of travellers that choose to fly with us has also increased, and this is why we are thrilled to be able to satisfy the demand of our passengers by offering three additional flights per week. We look forward to welcoming both our current and new passengers onboard, where they will have an opportunity to have an enhanced five-star travel experience with Qatar Airways.”

Direct flights to Madrid, both the capital and the most populous city in Spain, were launched in December 2005. With a population of more than three million, the Spanish capital is considered one of the world’s major global cities thanks to its influence in the areas of politics, education, environment, fashion, science and the arts.

Qatar Airways, the State of Qatar’s national airline, has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 134 aircraft to 144 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

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Qatar Airways to increase capacity on Perth route

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Qatar Airways will be increasing the capacity on its Perth route with an aircraft upgrade to a Boeing 777-300. The increase in capacity will go into effect on October 1 of this year.

The Perth route, which has seen exceptional growth over the last two years, provides excellent connections for passengers to the airline’s numerous destinations in the Middle East and Africa as well as 33 destinations in Europe, through the airline’s new state-of-the-art home, Hamad International Airport, in Doha, Qatar.

The capacity increase from a Boeing 777-200 to a 777-300 will bring a 30% increase in seats on the direct daily flights to Perth Airport, with the number of seats rising by 1,064 per week.

Along with the increase in capacity, the airline is also celebrating its two-year anniversary since the launch of its direct flights to Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Perth, first launched in July 2012, became the second Australian destination for the airline, joining Melbourne which was launched in 2009.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways was very pleased to be able to expand our operations in Australia by adding Perth to our network of destinations just two years ago. It has proven to be a very sound move as we have had great success with the route. And now, just two years later, we are already increasing our capacity to meet the needs of our Australian passengers who are extremely keen and avid travellers, with a great sense of adventure. We are very pleased that they continually choose to fly with us and have the opportunity to enhance their overall travel experience with our five-star service and product.”

Australia, with its stunning landscape of idyllic beaches and rugged outback, along with its rich history and culture, draws millions of visitors each year. The beautiful city of Perth, with its ocean side location, sandy beaches, comfortable Mediterranean-like climate, numerous parks, cultural events and outdoor activities is one of the top tourist destinations in Australia.

Passengers flying from Perth to Doha, or onwards to their final destination, will have the opportunity to experience the new state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport for themselves. The airport, boasts a capacity of 600,000 square metres, features 138 check-in counters; family friendly activity nodes; 40,000 square metres of retail, food and beverage outlets; an array of lounges with five-star facilities; squash courts; a gym juice bar and swimming pool. The airport also offers a unique gallery-like experience, featuring artwork and sculptures from international artists throughout the terminals.

It has been a year of milestones for Qatar Airways as along with the opening of HIA, it became the first Gulf carrier to join a global alliance when it became an official member of oneworld on October 30, 2013, offering both Qatar Airways and oneworld alliance member passengers unprecedented benefits, including 14,250 daily departures, when travelling.

Additionally, Qatar Airways was recognised by Skytrax at their 2014 World Airline Awards held at Farnborough this year. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, Best Airline in the Middle East and Best Business Class Airline Lounge.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operations, and is currently flying a modern fleet of 134 aircraft to 144 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Flight schedule between Perth and Doha:

Daily Flight Schedule

Depart Perth: QR901 at 2330 hrs, arrive Doha 0550 hrs.

Depart Doha: QR900 at 0200 hrs, arrive Perth 1755 hrs.

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Qatar Airways launches daily non-stop service to Dallas

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Qatar Airways yesterday commenced daily, non-stop services between the newly unveiled Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The new route increases Qatar Airways’ extensive global network to seven gateways within the United States and 144 destinations worldwide.

Dallas/Fort Worth becomes Qatar Airways’ second destination in Texas, representing the airline’s enduring commitment to the region. Along with Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth will serve as a crucial junction between Qatar Airways’ global network, via Doha, and other key destinations across the Southwestern USA, including Austin, San Antonio and Oklahoma City, through its oneworld alliance partners.

“We are delighted to welcome Dallas/Fort Worth into our expanding global network,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “We are particularly pleased to begin serving the home city of our oneworld alliance partner American Airlines. Together, we can provide North Texas and the surrounding region with unparalleled service and better connections to Doha and around the world.”

Dallas/Fort Worth is a world centre for major American corporations, including Justin Boots, Texas Instruments, Frito Lay and AT&T. The region is also home to major oil and gas companies, including Exxon Mobil.

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“Our partnership with Qatar Airways and today’s inaugural flight from Doha is exciting for the Airport and the millions of passengers we serve. Dallas/Fort Worth customers now have nonstop access to a new destination in the Gulf Region,” said Sean Donohue, DFW Airport’s Chief Executive Officer. “DFW is an integral economic driver to the region and this new nonstop service will add approximately $200 million annually to our economy.”

The new route flies daily between Dallas/Fort Worth and Doha, departing from Doha at 8:10am and arriving into Dallas/Fort Worth at 3:35pm the same day. Overnight service to Doha departs Dallas/Fort Worth at 8:00pm and lands in Doha at 6:20pm the following day. The route is operated with a Boeing 777-200LR configured with 217 Economy Class seats and 42 Business Class seats.

Outbound passengers to Doha will enjoy fast, convenient connections to key destinations throughout the world, including Delhi, Beijing, Tokyo, Bangkok and Perth, via the world’s newest international hub, Hamad International Airport.

Officially commencing full operations on 1 May, Hamad International Airport offers state-of-the-art facilities and is capable of handling over 360,000 flights and 30 million passengers annually, with a capacity of 50 million passengers after full completion.

As one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, Dallas/Fort Worth represents Qatar Airways’ tenth new destination of 2014. The airline operates one of the youngest fleets in the sky and will be adding the highly anticipated Airbus A380 and A350 in the near future.

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Qatar Airways makes its Miami debut

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Qatar Airways’ maiden voyage to Miami International Airport (MIA) touched down yesterday, commencing service to the airline’s sixth US gateway.

The service marked its 142nd destination worldwide from the central hub in Doha, Qatar.

With this new route, Qatar Airways is the first and only airline to offer non-stop service between the Middle East and Miami, Florida.

Today’s launch continues a major expansion by the airline into the United States. Non-stop service to Philadelphia International Airport began in April, and the airline will commence flights to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in July.

The airline’s Chief Executive Officer was on-board the maiden flight and led a high level delegation, including the Director of Miami Airport, Emilio Gonzalez; the Vice Chairman of the Greater Miami Visitors and Convention Bureau, Mr. Bruce Orosz; senior officials from the airline and a group of international media travelling on the first flight.

“Miami is an essential destination in our expanding global network,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker.

“Our aim is to bring the world closer together through a five-star unparalleled aviation experience, and we are particularly pleased that for the first time, Florida is being served from the Middle East market.”

With Doha’s centralized location, travelers from Miami can reach cities such as Bangkok, Nairobi, Colombo, and Mumbai in an impressive 20 hours or less through a quick transfer in Doha.

The airline recently moved its entire operations to the State of Qatar’s new airport – Hamad International Airport, an architectural marvel – 60 per cent of which is built on reclaimed land.

From one major hub to another, Miami International Airport is one of the largest in the United States, handling over 40.5 million passengers in 2013. It is the country’s second busiest airport for international travel and the busiest for international freight.

“At Qatar Airways we take great pride in connecting with the communities we serve, both in the air and on the ground,” said Mr. Al Baker.

Qatar Airways’ Doha to Miami route is being operated with a Boeing 777-200 in a two-class configuration of 42 seats in Business and 217 seats in Economy. The aircraft offers seatback TV screens providing passengers with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system and a choice of more than 1,000 audio and video options.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operations and is currently flying a modern fleet of 134 aircraft to more than 140 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Miami is known for year-round sunshine and beautiful beaches. From museums, art galleries and shopping to wildlife parks and a vibrant dining and entertainment scene, the activities are endless. Cultural attractions also include the Art Basel in Miami, which is attended by over 50,000 visitors every year, while sports lovers can watch the Miami Heat (NBA), Miami Dolphins (NFL), and the Miami Marlins (MLB).

Miami joins the airline’s existing Americas destinations: Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Montreal, Sao Paolo, and Buenos Aires. Qatar Airways is set to launch services to a diverse portfolio of new routes during the coming months, including Tokyo Haneda, Japan (June 18), Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1) and Djibouti (July 27).

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Qatar Airways launches “My Q-Tag”

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Qatar Airways has developed an innovative new online system for passengers who wish to print their own baggage tags before arrival at the airport.

Designed to take advantage of a seamless five-star experience from the moment of checking in online, My Q-Tag enables customers to arrive at the airport and proceed directly to the web check-in bag drop counter, where a Customer Service representative will process their already labelled baggage.

Currently available to 103 destinations for those passengers exiting Doha, the innovative process adds a further layer of customer service to the online check-in process by enabling customers to proceed quickly into the departures area where they can avail of more time to relax before boarding their flights.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “With the capacity to handle 8,700 customers per hour, HIA will provide a seamless, hassle-free experience to our passengers, from check-in to passport control and boarding. Qatar Airways passengers will be thrilled to take advantage of our new My Q-Tag service, along with the comfort and functional design of the new airport, and the exceptional shopping and dining choices it offers.”

The HIA Passenger Terminal Complex houses a total of 138 check-in counters across five islands, including 108 counters for Qatar Airways Economy passengers and all other airlines, 16 counters dedicated to Qatar Airways Business Class travellers and 14 luxury, bespoke, seated check-in counters for Qatar Airways First Class passengers. In addition, the new airport is also equipped with 34 self-check-in kiosks to further streamline the process and enable customers to print their own boarding passes.

Hamad International Airport offers 40,000 square metres of combined retail, food and beverage facilities, establishing the airport as a premier shopping and dining destination. With more than 70 retail outlets offering an unprecedented selection of designer labels, high street fashion, electronics, gourmet foods and much more, Qatar Duty Free at HIA caters to passengers, every taste. In addition, more than 30 cafes and restaurants offers a sumptuous selection of global and local cuisine.

The new airport is located on the coast of the peninsula and just 16km from the centre of Doha. Thanks to a sophisticated newly-built road infrastructure surrounding HIA, arrival time to the airport is around 25 minutes, depending on the traffic. Qatar Airways passengers can travel to HIA via car, bus, taxi or limo services.

Qatar Airways, the country’s national airline has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 134 aircraft to 141 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

Over the next few months, the network will grow further with new routes to Miami, USA (June 10, 2014), Tokyo Haneda, Japan (June 18, 2014), Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1, 2014) and Djibouti (July 27, 2014).

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Qatar Airways all set to move full operations to Hamad International Airport

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Qatar Airways is all set to move and commence its flight operations from Hamad International Airport on 27 May at 09:00 Doha time. This historic move will enable Qatar Airways’ passengers to enjoy a comprehensive Qatar Airways’ five-star experience at the world’s newest international gateway.

The move will mean that as of 09:00 Doha time on 27 May, all commercial passenger airlines operating into Qatar will be arriving and departing from Hamad International Airport.

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“The move of our entire operations to HIA is a momentous occasion for Qatar Airways, and one that we have been preparing for extensively for a long time,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “Our move to HIA heralds a new beginning for Qatar Airways, as we will now be based in a world-class hub that has been entirely designed to meet the needs and expectations of even the most discerning passengers.

“With the capacity to handle 8,700 customers per hour, HIA will provide a seamless, hassle-free experience to our passengers, from check-in to passport control and boarding. Qatar Airways passengers will be thrilled to enjoy the comfort and functional design of the new airport, along with the exceptional shopping and dining choices it offers.”

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The HIA Passenger Terminal Complex will house a total of 138 check-in counters across five islands, including 108 counters for Qatar Airways Economy passengers and all other airlines, 16 counters dedicated to Qatar Airways Business Class travellers and 14 luxury, bespoke, seated check-in counters for Qatar Airways First Class passengers.

Check-in Row:

  • Qatar Airways First Class – Row 1
  • Qatar Airways Business Class – Row 2
  • Qatar Airways Economy Class – Rows 3, 4 and 5

All passengers are advised to arrive three hours before their flight, with check-in closing one hour before departure for Economy Class, and 45 minutes before departure for First and Business Class. e-Gates are already operational in both the departures and arrivals areas, offering holders of an e-Gate Card an even swifter journey through the new airport. Helpful HIA staff will also be readily available to assist at the numerous information desks and throughout the airport.

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Hamad International Airport offers 40,000 square metres of combined retail, food and beverage facilities, establishing the airport as a premier shopping and dining destination. With more than 70 retail outlets offering an unprecedented selection of designer labels, high street fashion, electronics, gourmet foods and much more, Qatar Duty Free at HIA will cater to passengers every taste. In addition, more than 30 cafes and restaurants will offer a sumptuous selection of global and local cuisine.

The new airport is located on the East coast of the peninsula, just 16km from the centre of Doha and 4km from DIA. Thanks to a sophisticated newly-built road infrastructure surrounding HIA, arrival time to the airport is around 25 minutes, depending on the traffic. Qatar Airways passengers can travel to HIA via car, bus, taxi or limo services.

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