DOHA, Qatar - Qatar Executive, together with the ONE MORE ORBIT team, celebrated its setting of the new world speed record for any aircraft flying over the North and South poles with a private screening of the ONE MORE ORBIT documentary in the 7-star Novo cinema at Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar in mid-December 2019.
The ONE MORE ORBIT team shot a documentary that captured all the drama, excitement and challenges of the entire mission, from planning through to execution and finally, the successful touchdown at Cape Canaveral, the home of NASA. The documentary was produced by Untitled and directed by NASA astronaut Terry Virts, one of the team members on board the Gulfstream G650ER during the daring mission.
In addition to setting the new pole-to-pole world speed record, Qatar Executive’s flight attendant during the mission, Ms. Magdalena Starowicz, became the first woman in history to complete the polar circumnavigation of the earth.
“The successful accomplishment of this mission has been possible thanks to a meticulous preparation on all levels, throughout all departments of Qatar Executive,” said Ettore Rodaro, Executive Vice President, Qatar Executive. “Thanks to the Qatar Airways network around the globe, were we able to prepare every fuel stop efficiently and swiftly, a major component in breaking world speed records. We wrote history during that mission, something that will remain in the books for a long time. It is an exciting feeling to have mastered the challenge through excellent teamwork and using first-class equipment.”
"Many people said that ONE MORE ORBIT was not possible," says Jim Evans, executive producer of Untitled. "Within five weeks, we assembled a multi-cultural film crew from dozens of countries around the world and live streamed the entire event, working with Inmarsat and SD Com to reposition satellites specifically for the mission. Multi-talented astronaut Terry Virts, a former Commander of the International Space Station, excelled himself directing the documentary, while simultaneously participating in the record."
“ONE MORE ORBIT is so much more than just a world record," says Virts. "It is an adventure unlike any other. Celebrating Apollo’s 50th and Magellan’s 500th anniversaries, we did something that had never been done before, with an amazing international crew. There has also never been a documentary made like this done before and we hope viewers will laugh, feel the tension of crossing the South Pole in the Antarctic winter and be inspired."
Qatar Executive and the ONE MORE ORBIT team also broke 11 number of other records during this mission:
North Pole to South Pole – 22 hours, 7 minutes
Cape Canaveral to North Pole – 7 hours, 34 minutes
Cape Canaveral to Astana – 12 hours, 16 minutes
North Pole to Astana – 4 hours, 42 minutes
North Pole to Mauritius- 13 hours, 24 minutes
Astana to South Pole – 17 hours, 25 minutes
Mauritius to South Pole -8 hours, 43 minutes
Mauritius to Punta Arenas- 12 hours, 28 minutes
South Pole to Punta Arenas- 3 hours, 45 minutes
South Pole to Cape Canaveral – 14 hours, 45 minutes
Punta Arenas to Cape Canaveral – 11 hours
The QE Gulfstream G650ER departed Cape Canaveral, the home of NASA, on Tuesday July 9 at 9:32 a.m. to begin its pole-to-pole mission. The onboard One More Orbit team comprised NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Action Aviation Chairman Hamish Harding, Qatar Executive pilots Jacob Obe Bech, Jeremy Ascough and Yevgen Vasylenko, engineer Benjamin Reuger and flight attendant Magdalena Starowicz. Payload/live streaming cinematographer Jannicke Mikkelsen, FNF completed the team.
The mission was split into the four sectors; NASA Shuttle landing facility in Florida to Astana, Astana to Mauritius, Mauritius to Chile and Chile back to NASA, Florida, with refueling pit stops in each location. The aircraft landed at Kennedy Space Centre on Thursday 11 July, successfully setting the new world record of flying pole to pole in 46 hours, 39 minutes and 38 seconds, breaking the previous record time of 52 hours and 32 minutes.
Qatar Executive is the proud launch customer for Gulfstream’s recently introduced flagship jet, the Gulfstream G700TM. The new aircraft brings an unprecedented combination of performance, technology and cabin size to Qatar Executive’s fleet.
Qatar Executive’s latest agreement with Gulfstream is for the purchase of 10 G700 aircraft in addition to their recently announced orders of additional all-new Gulfstream G500TM and high-performing G650ERTM aircraft.
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 Doha International Airport, luxury jet services are available for worldwide charter on board the operator’s wholly-owned business jet fleet. The fleet comprises Global 5000s, one Global XRS, Challenger 605s, Gulfstream G650ER and brand new Gulfstream G500. 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 celebrating more than 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 160 business and leisure destinations on board a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft. The world’s fastest-growing airline has added a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network this year, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; and Mogadishu, Somalia. The airline will add Langkawi, Malaysia and Gaborone, Botswana, in 2019 to its extensive route network along with Luanda, Angola; and Osaka, Japan, following in 2020.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.
Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry.
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 160 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, B777, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2022 World Cup, reflecting 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, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 160 key business and leisure destinations globally on more than 250 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 21 Boeing 777 freighters and five Airbus A330 freighters.
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