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2nd July 2014
Qatar Executive celebrates 5th anniversary
Qatar Executive – Qatar Airways’ business jet arm – reached a milestone last month as it celebrated its 5th anniversary. Set up in 2009 as a profit centre within the Qatar Airways Group, the plan was to build rapidly on its initial fleet of three Bombardier aircraft, in order to tap into the Middle East’s growing demand for executive travel.
Over the last five years the once small charter operation has become a successful business, that has evolved into a world-class corporate jet company with a comprehensive business aviation service portfolio, comprising not just worldwide on-demand charter, but also Airliner charters, Fixed Base Operation (FBO) and Maintenance services at the “Bombardier-Authorised Service Facility” in Doha.
Since its inception, the company has grown from strength to strength and almost tripled its private jet fleet. A brand-new Global 5000 Vision will soon be joining Qatar Executive later in July, bringing up the fleet size to a total of eight wholly-owned all-Bombardier aircraft, comprising four Global 5000s – among them two Global 5000 Visions – three Challenger 605s and one Global XRS.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, who also heads up the airline’s private jet subsidiary, said: “Ultimate luxury, the highest levels of personalised service and comfort, privacy and convenience through flexible and personalised travel to any place in the world, were the qualities we had in mind when Qatar Executive was launched in 2009.”
“Our fifth anniversary is a proud moment in our company’s history, but it is also a special occasion to thank those without whom this achievement would not have been possible – our customers, business partners and our staff. We especially thank our customers for their loyalty and trust, which has lead to our great success and allowed us to establish our reputation as a premium charter operation in the region and worldwide.”
To maximise growth potential, Qatar Executive is also significantly investing into its infrastructure and is building a stand-alone state-of-the art private jet lounge and a dedicated hangar facility at Hamad International Airport in Doha to be opened in the beginning of 2015.