Qatar Airways, a Qatar based airline company, has taken delivery of its initial Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at Seattle, US, the headquarters of the aircraft manufacturer, Boeing.
The airline has flown the aircraft to Doha, Qatar, where it will be based and will be used to operate on long distance flights. The airline is expected to take delivery of around 60 such Dreamliners on order over the next few years.
The new aircraft is the world’s earliest 787 aircraft offering wireless connectivity facilities for all passengers in both business and economy cabins to remain connected through Wi-Fi and GSM telephony options. The aircraft also provides a fully interactive in-flight entertainment system with around 1,000 video and audio options for passengers.
Qatar Airways chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said, ‘Five years ago, Boeing delivered its first ever aircraft to us, a triple seven. Now, we become the first Middle East customer to take delivery of the 787 Dreamliner.
Boeing has crafted a state-of-the-art aeroplane, designed to be yet another asset to excel our signature Five Star service in the sky to all our passengers across the Middle East and around the world.
Qatar Airways set about a dream to fly our nation’s flag to all corners of the world when we launched operations 15 years ago. We have been the World’s Best Airline for two consecutive years and we are spreading our wings further with the delivery of one of the most advanced aircraft in the world.
Our decision to invest in the 787 that is at the forefront of new aerospace technology represents the future of air travel and reflects our firm belief in its unrivalled capabilities and the value it will add to our fleet and network expansion plans.
Our new 787s provide a game-changing experience with specially designed interiors, spacious cabins and custom-made seats in both Business and Economy Class.
Space, comfort and ensuring our passengers have the best onboard entertainment options are some of the key elements of our new Boeing 787s. Qatar Airways has taken a lot of time and effort in ensuring we are true leaders in the field rather than followers, meticulously working with manufacturers on specific seat design and features.’