DOHA, Qatar � Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker met with influential European Parliament members and top decision makers of the European Commission this week in Brussels, Belgium. The aim of the series of meetings and VIP dinner in the heart of Europe was to strengthen the already robust relationships that the airline enjoys with key MEPs and to demonstrate Qatar Airways’ commitment to the European Union, the world’s largest single market area.
During the visit, H.E. Mr Akbar Al Baker held successful one-to-one meetings with MEP Mr. Ramon Tremosa; MEP Mr. Jose Ignacio Salafranca and MEP Mr. Ismail Ertug at the European Parliament in Brussels, the capital of Europe.
His Excellency also met with European Commissioner and Vice President, Mr. Maros Sefcovic and Mr. Henrik Hololei, Director General, Mobility and Transport for the European Commission.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: The support extended to our country and airline by top European decision makers is truly valued and appreciated. We come here today in the spirit of pursuing enhanced aviation opportunities for our industries and businesses, more options for travellers, and long-term prosperity for our economies, and I have no doubt we will succeed.
We appreciate the openness and understanding demonstrated by the EU. We also thank the EU for the flexibility and support provided to the State of Qatar under the current blockade.
During the evening, more than 16 MEPs enjoyed a VIP dinner with key note speeches in the stunning Presidential Salon at the European Parliament, with impressive views over the city of Brussels.
This visit comes at a time when Qatar and the EU are close to completing the final stage of the EU-Qatar Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement, which has offered the State of Qatar and Qatar Airways an excellent platform to engage in candid discussions with its European partners on the potential growth and future cooperation between the two parties.
With 617 weekly flights to Europe, Qatar Airways flies an average of 91,000 passengers a week to more than 50 key cities in the region. Over the last 18 months, the airline has further enhanced this by launching 15 new routes to Europe, including Nice, Dublin, Malaga, Prague and London Gatwick. Further route launches are planned in the next year including Lisbon and Valletta, which will take the total number of destinations in Europe up to 56.
Qatar Airways launched its operations to Brussels in January 2011 with a five-times weekly service. This was increased to a daily service in February 2013 and increased again to an eight-times-weekly-service in December 2015. The operation is currently operated by a Boeing B777 aircraft type.
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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. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2018, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; Mombasa, Kenya and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft.
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 Business Class Seat,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.
Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. 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, 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 2018 and 2022 World Cups, 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.
Source: Qatar Airways