Airways is the first international airline to volunteer emergency relief flight
The first donation from The
State of Qatar was delivered by the airline to Shanghai on 2nd Feb
BEIJING, CHINA - Media
OutReach - 7 Feburary 2020 - Qatar Airways has volunteered
free air cargo transportation for medical relief aid organised by Chinese
Embassies and Consulates worldwide to fight the coronavirus emergency. Qatar's
national carrier has aims to independently donate millions of medical-grade
masks and sanitization bottles to areas in China most urgently in need.
Chinese Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Mr. Zhou Jian and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker
Qatar Airways Cargo Fleet
Medical supplies donated by
Chinese communities worldwide will be flown by Qatar Airways Cargo freighters
through its global network of 170 destinations to its China cargo gateways in
Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau.
Qatar Airways Cargo delivered the
first batch of critical medical relief aid to Shanghai on 2nd February
2020. The shipment included 100,000 medical-grade N95 respiratory masks and
2,700 medical-grade disposable latex gloves, providing essential protection to
healthcare professionals working around the clock at hospitals in Hubei Province,
the epicentre of the virus.
Under the relief programme by Chinese
overseas communities, 700 kilogrammes of medical aid has already been donated
by Chinese businesses and communities in Qatar alone.
The "Green Channel" initiative for complimentary air
transportation was announced jointly by Qatar Airways and the Chinese Embassy
in Qatar. Qatar Airways is the first
international airline to volunteer emergency relief flight delivery.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al
Baker, said: "We are taking immediate actions to help alleviate the
heartbreaking and devastating situation in China. We hope to make a positive
contribution, leveraging our strengths as one of the world's leading air cargo
carriers and strong network of partnerships."
"Along with the Chinese Embassy in Qatar coordinating relief aid
efforts with local Chinese business organisations, we hope our combined efforts
can help limit the spread of this virus, ease the burden on local medical
personnel and make a meaningful difference."
Chinese Ambassador to Qatar, His
Excellency Mr. Zhou Jian, said: "I would like to thank Qatar Airways for opening
a 'Green Channel' for transporting these supplies.
"China and Qatar are
good friends. We highly appreciate the support for the motherland
of Chinese citizens and companies in Qatar,
further strengthens our confidence to win this battle. This will surely write
another glorious story in the history of China-Qatar relations."
Chinese diaspora donations are
flooding-in worldwide in rapid response to the shortage of medical supplies
reported by the World Health Organization.
The Middle East carrier is also
working closely with the World Health Organization and local authorities worldwide
safeguard the health and safety of its employees and passengers. Its modern
fleet is protected with High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration
systems, eliminating 99.97% of fine airborne particles from circulating air in
cabins, greatly restricting the spread of airborne fungi, viruses and bacteria.
Qatar Airways has taken the decision
to suspend passenger flights to mainland China starting 3rd February due to
significant operational challenges caused by the outbreak. An ongoing review of
operations will be conducted each week to assess the situation but once these
restrictions are lifted, Qatar Airways will immediately reinstate its flights.
Qatar Airways Cargo freighter service to its two Mainland China destinations --
Guangzhou and Shanghai, remains unchanged.
Qatar Airways operates a modern
fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA),
to more than 170 destinations worldwide. The world's fastest-growing airline
will add Osaka, Japan; Santorini, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Almaty and
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; Accra, Ghana; Cebu, Philippines; Lyon, France; Trabzon,
Turkey; Siem Reap, Cambodia and Luanda, Angola to its extensive network in
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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 170
business and leisure destinations on board a modern fleet of more than 250
aircraft. The world's fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new
destinations to its growing network in 2020, including Osaka, Japan; Santorini,
Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Almaty and Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; Accra, Ghana;
Cebu, Philippines; Lyon, France; Trabzon, Turkey; Siem Reap, Cambodia and Luanda,
award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named 'World's Best Airline' by the
2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating
organisation Skytrax. It was also named 'Best Airline in the Middle East',
'World's Best Business Class' and 'Best Business Class Seat', in recognition of
its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways is the
only airline to have been awarded the coveted "Skytrax Airline of the Year"
title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry,
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
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 160
countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
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.
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.
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 250 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two
Boeing 747-8 freighters, 19 Boeing 777 freighters and five Airbus A330