SINGAPORE – Demonstrating its commitment to the vibrant Asian business aviation market, Qatar Executive, Qatar Airways’ corporate jet division, is participating for the first time at the Singapore Airshow. Completing the stellar line-up of aircraft on display for Qatar Airways is the airline’s flagship A350 and A380 aircraft, which continued to be big crowd-pleasers on day two of the Singapore Airshow.
The Singapore Airshow also provided the opportunity for key business meetings to take place. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker met with President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus, Fabrice Brégier and also welcomed Ray Conner, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, to the Qatar Airways hospitality chalet.
Making its first public appearance in Southeast Asia, Qatar Executive’s G650ER drew a great deal of attention from trade visitors and VIPs, who gathered to see the luxurious jet, which features a two-cabin configuration and seats up to 13 passengers. Seats convert into fully flat beds, so that seven guests can easily sleep on board.
Driven by the fast-growing number of high-net-worth individuals in the region, Qatar Executive sees great potential for its bespoke charter service in Asia and is showcasing its brand new state-of-the-art Gulfstream G650ER at the biennial event.
Industry professionals and customers were given the opportunity to take a tour of the luxurious aircraft, which is known to be not just the world’s most technologically advanced jet, but also the world’s fastest ultra-long-range business jet – capable of connecting cities such as Singapore and Nairobi or Hong Kong and New York non-stop.
H.E. Mr. Al Baker commented: “Gulfstream business jets are highly popular among the Asian travelling elite, and we are proud to offer our discerning clientele the most outstanding product available in the market. "Our state-of-the-art Gulfstream G650ER with its phenomenal range capabilities, industry leading cabin technology and unparalleled passenger comforts, provides the flexibility and performance no other business jet can offer.” The G650ER’s cabin interior features a classic-contemporary style, combining understated luxury and timeless elegance through a natural colour palette ranging from earthy tones of the walnut brown wooden veneers to the china-white leather seating and finest woollen Loro Piana fabrics with soft brown fishbone patterns.
The G650ER’s cabin is not only comfortable but contains the most advanced technology including satellite communications, high-speed internet, wireless local area network and Gulfstream’s Cabin Management System, which allows passengers to use their own personal electronic devices to control audio, video, lighting, temperature, window shades and other cabin functions.
The interior cabin has 16 panoramic windows, the largest in business aviation, which are perfectly positioned so that every passenger has their own window. Further stand-out features of the Gulfstream G650 are the fact that it has the lowest equivalent cabin altitude of any business jet and the cabin air is replenished 100 per cent every two minutes. The G650ER can travel 7,500 nm/13,890 km at Mach 0.85 and 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90 – so customers can travel at 90 per cent of the speed of sound.
The G650ER complements Qatar Executive’s existing long-range fleet of eight modern Bombardier aircraft, including three Challenger 605s, four Global 5000s, a Global XRS, and a 40-seat Airbus A319 All-Premium Class aircraft, all available for worldwide charter.
Qatar Airways first announced at the Paris Air Show in 2009 the formation of a corporate jet subsidiary – Qatar Executive – as part of the airline’s ongoing robust global growth strategy, and continued commitment to the Middle East and global business travel community.
Headquartered at Hamad International Airport, luxury jet services are available for worldwide charter on board the operator’s wholly-owned business jet fleet. The fleet comprises four Global 5000s, one Global XRS, three Challenger 605s and three brand new Gulfstream G650ER. The latest delivery follows Qatar Executive’s announcement in May 2015, to purchase up to 30 aircraft from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, including firm orders and options that are a combination of both of Gulfstream’s new wide-cabin aircraft, the G500 and G600, and the flagship G650ER. Qatar Executive's service portfolio includes aircraft management, airliner charter, maintenance and FBO services.
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines, operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 181 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Qatar Airways won Airline of the Year, Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East at the 2015 Skytrax Awards. This is the third time the airline won the accolade of Airline of the Year.
Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
In 2015, Qatar Airways launched Oryx One, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 3,000. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the five-star airline’s onboard Wi-Fi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways is one of the world’s leaders in sponsoring global sporting events, including the strategic team sponsorships of FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC. Qatar Airways’ strategy reflects the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.
Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 181 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.
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