- The Qatari delegation attending the conference was led by the Qatari Minister of Transport, H.E. Mr. Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti
- H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker highlighted the need for development and modernisation of aviation infrastructure at the CEO Plenary Session: ‘Airports of the Future and Building Great Aviation Businesses’
MUMBAI, India, 2019-Jan-17 — /Travel PR News/ — A Qatari delegation led by the Qatari Minister of Transport, H.E. Mr. Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, which also included the Chairman of Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority, H.E. Abdullah bin Nasser Turki Al-Subaey and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker attended the Global Aviation Summit, a two-day event taking place on 15-16 January in Mumbai, India.
H.E. Mr. Al Baker addressed key leaders of the aviation industry, including senior airline and airport executives as well as government officials and senior dignitaries in a panel discussion titled: ‘Airports of the Future and Building Great Aviation Business’. Alongside H.E. Mr. Al Baker on the panel were key industry influencers, including Director General of International Air Transport Association, Mr. Alexandre de Juniac and speakers from around the world of aviation.
The panel session focused on the need for development and modernisation of aviation infrastructure in India, as well as identifying financial opportunities by governments globally and introducing new policy innovation that can increase the financial sustainability of low-traffic airports. The panel discussed these challenges, as well as how to build great aviation businesses that meet customer expectations while still delivering return on investment.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “I am very pleased to be in India once again to be able to participate in this important panel discussion. India has become the fourth largest civil aviation market after the United States, China and Japan, and is a crucial market for Qatar Airways.
“With the Indian government planning to invest in developing more than 20 major airports and several smaller airports over the next five years, it’s a very exciting time for the aviation industry in India, and we look forward to discussing these topics this week in Mumbai.”
The Global Aviation Summit was organised by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) in collaboration with FICCI to discuss the future of the aviation industry, to identify growth areas and to better understand how technology-driven innovation will change air travel globally.
Qatar Airways currently operates 102 weekly flights between Doha and 13 destinations in India, including Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Nagpur and Thiruvananthapuram.
Qatar Airways introduced its revolutionary Qsuite Business Class experience on the Mumbai and Bengaluru routes in July 2018, both of which are served by a Boeing B777 aircraft. In February 2018, the award-winning airline introduced its state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 on its Delhi route. Qatar Airways was the global launch customer for this aircraft, which features a two-class configuration of 283 seats in total, offering 36 in Business Class and 247 in Economy Class.
The airline’s cargo division, Qatar Airways Cargo, currently operates a total of 26 weekly freighters to seven destinations in India. The top three cargo destinations in India are Mumbai and Chennai with seven weekly frequencies each and Delhi with five weekly frequencies.
As one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents. A multiple-award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class, ‘Best Business Class Seat’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’ in the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax.
The airline recently launched direct services to Gothenburg, Sweden; Mombasa, Kenya; and Da Nang, Vietnam. It has a host of new destination launches planned for 2019, including Valletta, Malta and Isfahan, Iran.
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About Qatar Airways:
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 200 aircraft. The world’s fastest-growing airline added a number of exciting destinations to its growing network including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; and Mombasa, Kenya in 2018, and several new destinations are due to be launched in 2019, including Isfahan, Iran and Valletta, Malta.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways has been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, four 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 150 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 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 15 Boeing 777 freighters and eight Airbus A330 freighters.
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