Ban on elec­tronic de­vices lifted on Qatar Air­ways flights to US

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Qatar Air­ways, the World’s Best Air­line as voted by Sky­trax 2017, is de­lighted to con­firm it has been ap­proved by the US De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity to per­mit pas­sen­gers to carry per­sonal elec­tronic items on board US-bound flights, de­part­ing from its hub Ha­mad In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Doha, Qatar. The air­line gained the ex­emp­tion ear­lier to­day after US of­fi­cials in­spected the se­cu­rity mea­sures in full oper­a­tion at Qatar’s state-of-the-art Ha­mad In­ter­na­tional Air­port (HIA), an air­port re­cently awarded five stars by Sky­trax, the first air­port in the Mid­dle East to be be­stowed with this recog­ni­tion.

With the lift­ing of the elec­tron­ics re­stric­tions, pas­sen­gers de­part­ing from HIA to all Qatar Air­ways’ US des­ti­na­tions will be able to carry their per­sonal elec­tronic de­vices on board, and have un­in­ter­rupted use of them for busi­ness and leisure pur­poses through­out their flight. Qatar Air­ways Group Chief Ex­ec­u­tive His Ex­cel­lency Ak­bar Al Baker said: “We are pleased to an­nounce that the elec­tron­ics ban has been lifted from Qatar Air­ways flights de­part­ing to all des­ti­na­tions in the US Safety and se­cu­rity are al­ways our high­est pri­or­ity. They are ex­pressed through­out all of our cor­po­rate val­ues, and must never be com­pro­mised.

“The se­cu­rity mea­sures in place in Doha al­low us to con­tinue to pro­vide our renowned world­class service for all our pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling to the U.S. We look for­ward to pro­vid­ing our pas­sen­gers an even greater choice of US des­ti­na­tions soon, with the ad­di­tion of San Fran­cisco to our ex­pand­ing net­work, on board the most modern of air­craft in­clud­ing the Air­bus A350 and our Qsuite retro-fit­ted Boe­ing 777 air­craft.”

Qatar Air­ways re­cently an­nounced its in­ten­tion to make an ini­tial in­vest­ment of up to 4.75 per cent in its oneworld part­ner Amer­i­can Air­lines, cred­it­ing the air­line’s fun­da­men­tals, while in­tend­ing to build a pas­sive po­si­tion within the com­pany. Qatar Air­ways has long con­sid­ered Amer­i­can Air­lines to be a good oneworld Al­liance part­ner, and looks for­ward to con­tin­u­ing this re­la­tion­ship.

Qatar Air­ways has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion for en­hanced co­op­er­a­tion with in­dus­try and U.S reg­u­la­tors over the past 20 years, con­sis­tently be­ing at the fore­front of im­ple­ment­ing new mea­sures to en­hance the safety and se­cu­rity of its pas­sen­gers. Qatar Air­ways was the first air­line to achieve 100 per cent com­pli­ance with the IATA Op­er­a­tional Safety Au­dit (IOSA) when the pro­gramme was first im­ple­mented in 2003, and has since main­tained its 100 per cent com­pli­ance record.

The air­line will also bring its award-win­ning, pa­tented new Qsuite Busi­ness Class seat to New York in Septem­ber, retro-fit­ted on a Boe­ing 777 air­craft. Qsuite fea­tures the in­dus­try’s first-ever dou­ble bed avail­able in Busi­ness Class, with pri­vacy pan­els that stow away, al­low­ing pas­sen­gers in ad­join­ing seats to cre­ate their own pri­vate room.

Ad­justable pan­els and mov­able TV mon­i­tors on the cen­tre four seats al­low col­leagues, friends or fam­i­lies trav­el­ling to­gether to trans­form their space into a pri­vate suite, al­low­ing them to work, dine and so­cial­ize to­gether. These new fea­tures pro­vide the ul­ti­mate cus­tom­iz­a­ble travel ex­pe­ri­ence that en­ables pas­sen­gers to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment that suits their own unique needs.

Qatar Air­ways, which cel­e­brates 10 years of service to the US this year, will launch flights to San Fran­cisco in 2018, as part of its con­tin­u­ing expansion within the US. The US expansion is just part of the air­line’s global growth plans, which in­clude new routes to Can­berra (Aus­tralia), Chi­ang Mai (Thai­land), Douala (Cameroon), Li­bre­ville (Gabon), Rio de Janeiro, (Brazil), San­ti­ago (Chile), as well as many other ex­cit­ing des­ti­na­tions.

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