Qatar Airways’ corporate jet division, Qatar
Executive, is to add three new Bombardier aircraft to its fleet
starting from later this month.
In the two years since Qatar Executive launched,
it will double its all-Bombardier fleet to six aircraft by the end
The incoming deliveries will include a
Bombardier XRS in May, followed by a Challenger 605 in July, and a
Global 5000 in August, the latter of which is the second delivery
from an order for two Global 5000s announced at the Farnborough
Air Show last July.
The Doha-based corporate jet operation
began in 2009 with two Bombardier Challenger 605s. Last October a
Global 5000 joined the fleet, which took the total fleet up to
Another significant boost to Qatar
Executive’s operations is a dedicated 6,300 square metre hangar
facility at Doha International Airport for maintenance operations.
The facility is now open, and will serve other business aircraft
operators as well.
The hangar features aircraft handling
and dispatch services, aircraft cleaning, as well as passenger
lounge facilities for visiting aircraft.
was selected by Bombardier to become its second Approved Service
Facility in the Middle East for the Challenger and Global
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al
Baker hailed the rapid growth of Qatar Executive as testament to
the region’s burgeoning demand for corporate jet travel.
“When Qatar Executive first began, it was a successful operation
right from the start. The travel patterns we witnessed from the
onset were indicative of the pent-up demand for tailor-made and
completely customised travel. It immediately became obvious that
we were filling a gap in a market which has grown rapidly,
particularly in the Middle East region,” he said.
The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation reported that
the Middle East region’s business and VIP aircraft fleet swelled
from approximately 200 in 2000 to almost 450 aircraft by 2009,
representing annual growth of almost 13%.
to the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) the
number of private aircraft operated in the Middle East will
increase from 450 today to 1,300 by 2020 with the addition of more
than 800 units over the next 10 years.
“The statistics clearly show that the private travel segment is
continuing to grow – along with air traffic demand overall,” added
Al Baker. “The Qatar Executive product is unique and offers boundless
travel options – a proposition which is highly suited for private
traffic and corporations which have requirements such as combining
multiple stops, travelling to remote locations, or landing at
airports without scheduled commercial service.”
Qatar Executive’s corporate jets can operate
non-stop to anywhere in Europe, as well as most places in Asia and
Africa. In addition, each jet can reach North America with a fuel
stop in Europe.
The personalised service for passengers
includes the convenience of booking an aircraft in as little as
four hours before departure, access to premium lounges, and
check-in 10 minutes prior to take off.
All of the Qatar Executive aircraft feature
luxurious seating and interiors, and have full galleys capable of
serving a variety of multi-course meals together with hot and cold
beverages. Entertainment and communications options vary by
aircraft type and features include iPod docking stations,
satellite telephone, high-speed internet and printer capabilities.
Bombardier XRS – expected delivery May 2011: features a two cabin configuration, which seats up
to 13 passengers. including seats which convert into fully flat
beds. With a flying speed of up to 950km per hour, and nautical
range of up to 6,150 miles, the aircraft is capable of flying
virtually anywhere to many intercontinental destinations non-stop
Bombardier 605 – expected delivery July
2011: can accommodate 12
passengers comfortably and is equipped with a full galley, two 21” monitors with dedicated DVD player, CD surround sound, with a
satellite telephone and internet system.
Global 5000 – expected delivery August 2011: Qatar
Executive’s largest jet, the ultra-long Global 5000 has 13 seats
and a comfortable two cabin configuration – forward cabin with 4
seats and a four place conference table. The rear cabin has two
single seats, three person divan and private aft lavatory. The
aircraft is similarly equipped with large monitors, surround sound
and communications equipment.
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