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Qatar Airways Unveils Four New Chefs

Doha, September 17 (QNA) – Qatar Airways Monday officially introduced globally renowned chefs to boost their in-flight services. Award-winning Chef Ramzi Choueiri, Chef Vineet Bhatia, Chef Tom Aikens and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa will inspire a new in-flight dining experience, the Doha-headquartered carrier said.
The handpicked chefs have collaborated exclusively with Qatar Airways to create the ‘Qatar Airways Culinary World Menu’- a new range of signature dishes for the airline’s passengers.
Chef Ramzi, from Lebanon, brings his exquisite experience of Middle East cuisine to the fore; Mumbai-born Chef Vineet has his unique blend of exotic Indian food; Chef Aikens, from the UK, provides his own variety of European culinary offering; and Chef Nobu, from Japan, adds a touch of Asian fusion cuisine to Qatar Airways  ambassadorial line-up.
The chefs were unveiled today at an international press conference in Doha, Qatar Airways’ hub city, where they delighted the gathered media with a live cooking demonstration of some of their favourite dishes.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said, “Qatar Airways continues to challenge and lead the aviation industry, enhancing different service elements of air travel today and pushing the boundaries of genuine luxury and comfort.
“The imminent arrival of one of the most advanced aircraft in the world, our new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, heralds the start of an exciting new era for travellers worldwide and today’s introduction of a unique food offering is part of the overhaul of the entire travel experience for our passengers.
“Whether for business or pleasure, modern-day travellers want to arrive relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated regardless of time zones or destinations. Yet as a truly global airline we understand that beyond superior service, travellers also want to enjoy the journey of discovery, exploring new tastes and cuisines.
“That is why we’ve travelled the world to assemble a team of culinary experts to offer our passengers the very best dining experience available in the sky,” added Al Baker.
Having been selected to create a unique and diverse menu for all international flights, the renowned chefs spent several months adapting and testing their specialities for Qatar Airways’ passengers.
Their menus have begun to be rolled out on flights to and from Doha International Airport.
The chefs took into account not only the flavours, textures, arrangements, aromas and tastes required for a memorable dining experience, but also how the taste buds are altered at 35,000 feet, and what types of food are most suited to long-haul flights.
The highly celebrated team consists of chefs that have gained a distinguished list of accolades including, multiple Michelin Star winners, multi-award winning authors, TV broadcasters, successful restaurateurs and even a Guinness Book of World Recorder holder.
With each chef specifically chosen as a master of their own local cuisine, Chef Ramzi Choueiri was chosen as the culinary ambassador for the Arab World. One of the most popular and widely recognised chefs in the Middle East, Chef Ramzi has brought Lebanese cuisine to the masses with a daily live TV cooking show with over 10 million television viewers.
Speaking at the press conference in the Qatari capital, Chef Ramzi explained his pride in being given the opportunity to work with Qatar Airways and the chance to take his unique style of Lebanese cuisine to the world.
“Since food reflects the traditions of a society, representing the Arab World, the home culture of the airline, is an exciting challenge and I’m extremely honoured to be involved. Arabic food is a melting pot between traditional recipes, new techniques and new methods so it’s always ready to be discovered whether you ve grown up on traditional dishes or sampling for the first time,” he said.
The second member of the chef team is the internationally renowned and multi-award winning Chef Vineet Bhatia, the only Indian chef to have won two Michelin stars.
Describing his passion for cooking while showcasing his signature dishes in Doha, Chef Vineet said, “My cooking comes from the heart.” 
“I believe in my food and I believe in what I do. As a child, I dreamt of being a pilot, so I jumped at the chance to work with Qatar Airways and share my passion with such an established and rapidly growing award-winning that is bringing a whole new travel experience to the world. My objective is to match the service with a 5-star dining experience,” said Bhatia.
The third member of the all-star line-up, Chef Tom Aikens, has quickly risen to fame to become the youngest British chef ever awarded two Michelin stars by perfectly combining British and French influences. Renowned for exploring unique flavours and tastes, Chef Tom explained the need to push boundaries.
“I want to give passengers that try my dishes onboard Qatar Airways an exciting taste sensation and a dining experience to be remembered by bringing together world-class service and world-class food. Qatar Airways is known for its service, setting new standards by innovating. I want it to be also known for its food through my culinary creations.”
The final member of the exclusive team responsible for Qatar Airways Culinary World Menu is Chef Nobu Matsuhisa   a culinary icon around the world, simply known as Nobu.
With a reputation built over three decades for cuisine blending traditional Japanese cuisine with South American ingredients, Chef Nobu has earned two Michelin stars and the admiration of thousands that he has introduced to Japanese cuisine through his line of 29 restaurants in 25 cities, spanning across five continents.
Speaking in Doha, Chef Nobu explained the philosophy behind his cuisine. “I want to see those sampling my dishes eat, smile and laugh. To me this is happiness. Qatar Airways understands my philosophy.
“Working with Qatar Airways is an exciting experience and I look forward to having my food served onboard a 5-star airline that cares about the product and the service. Meals and dining are an important part of flying and it is an exciting new challenge to adapt my food to the service aboard their superb aircraft.”
The gourmet offering, already available on selected flights, will be introduced to passengers onboard the airline’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner when the aircraft starts flying in Qatar Airways’ colours in the coming months, the carrier said. (END)

Qatar Airways to Start Flying to Serbia and Poland by End of 2012

Doha, August 15 (QNA) – Qatar Airways announced further expansion to its European network with the launch of scheduled flights to Serbia and Poland by the end of the year taking the airline’s coverage across the Continent to 32 destinations. Services to the previously announced destination of Belgrade, capital of Serbia, have been confirmed for a November 20 start with a thrice-weekly schedule via Ankara.
Two weeks later, beginning December 5, the airline will add the Polish capital Warsaw to its rapidly-growing European network operating flights four-times-a-week.
News of the expansion follows this week’s announcement by Qatar Airways that it will begin daily flights to Chicago – the carrier’s fourth USA gateway – from April 10 next year.
Both the Belgrade and Warsaw routes will be operated from Qatar Airways’ Doha hub with an Airbus A320 configured in two classes – 12 seats in Business and 132 in Economy. Each seat features an interactive audio and video entertainment system offering hundreds of movies, TV programmes and music channels.
Following route launches to European capital cities in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Croatia this year, together with seven destinations on the Continent during 2011, Qatar Airways has given much attention to an expansion drive across Europe with a particular focus on eastern Europe.
Warsaw is one of Europe’s oldest cities – Poland’s largest city and economic, political and cultural centre. Rich in culture, home to historic palaces and modern architecture, many companies have turned their attention to setting up base in Warsaw due to the huge investment benefits offered by the Polish government.
Warsaw was also one of the cities that hosted the UEFA Euro 2012 football championships held in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
Belgrade, among the largest cities in south eastern Europe, has a long tradition of culture, sport, history and architecture making it a desirable city to visit on the Continent. Belgrade has little exposure to long-haul markets due to lack of air capacity.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the addition of Poland and Serbia demonstrated the airline’s commitment to launch destinations that are largely underserved.
“Today we are flying to many parts of the world with a global network spanning 118 destinations with almost 25% of our route structure in Europe alone,” he said.
“Over the past two to three years we have identified great opportunities to probe markets across Europe that are largely underserved by full service international airlines. We are delighted to have subsequently started services to some of these destinations and are extremely pleased by their performance so far,” he added.
Al Baker said, “I am sure both Belgrade and Warsaw will prove to be just as successful as our other route start-ups providing travellers from both these cities and surrounding areas with great travel options to fly to Doha and conveniently onwards with Qatar Airways to cities across the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.”
“We look forward to extend our Five Star service to both our new markets and open up more exciting travel opportunities for people from around the world,” added Al Baker.
The portfolio of attractive destinations served by Qatar Airways for Serbians and Poles include Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Goa, Dubai, Melbourne, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Similarly, travellers from across Qatar Airways’ network will have two additional European capitals to explore, previously accessible only via major gateways on the Continent.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 15 years of operation, currently operating a modern fleet of 110 aircraft to 118 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
Since the beginning of 2012, Qatar Airways has launched flights to Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq), Baghdad, Perth (Australia) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania).
Over the next few months, Qatar Airways will launch services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Yangon, Myanmar (October 3); Maputo, Mozambique (October 31); and Chicago, USA (10 April 2013). (END)

Qatar Airways Plans Passenger Flights to Chicago in 2013

Doha, August 14 (QNA) – Qatar Airways will launch a new daily Doha Chicago service from April 10, 2013, its fourth US destination, the carrier announced on Wednesday. The carrier plans to operate a B777-300 ER on the route, having already established twice-weekly cargo flights to Chicago. The announcement follows the successful launch of services to New York JFK, Washington and Houston.
“Chicago is a key route for business and leisure travellers alike, connecting them from destinations across India, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific with a one-stop service via Doha to the Midwest,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.
“As Qatar Airways continues its aggressive expansion, we are pleased to finally offer another gateway in the United States, this time to the  Windy City  of Chicago, five years after we began operations to North America.
The aircraft operating on the Chicago route will feature 335 seats in a two-class configuration of 42 Business Class seats and 293 in Economy.
There are currently no direct air links between Doha and Chicago, with United and fellow Star Alliance member Lufthansa offering a service via Frankfurt.(QNA)

Qatar Airways, Qatar Charity Host Iftar for Orphan Children

Doha, August 06 (QNA) – Qatar Airways in conjunction with Qatar Charity hosted a special Iftar for more than 100 orphan children living in Qatar as part of the Holy Month of Ramadan celebrations.
 The event, organised by Qatar Airways  Doha Sales Department, aimed to provide the children with an unforgettable evening of entertainment and loving hospitality, the Doha-headquartered carrier said Monday.
 The children were accompanied by family members or friends who also enjoyed activities such as henna drawing and face painting as well as the chance to enjoy a delicious Iftar meal.
 The children enjoyed activities such as train rides, a bouncing castle and received gifts including branded Qatar Airways school bags, a cuddly toy and a brand new T-shirt.
 Qatar Airways Vice President Commercial Doha, Ehab Amin, said the airline always looks forward to supporting the local community through events during Ramadan.
 “We plan to hold the event on an annual basis to ensure these children continue to experience these acts of generosity, charity and compassion that make Ramadan such a special time.
 “The Holy Month of Ramadan is a time of giving   to the community, each other and to those less fortunate than ourselves,” Amin said.
 Qatar Charity Managing Director Support Centres and Affairs, Ahmed Salih Al Ali said, “The aim of holding this Iftar with enjoyable activities and wonderful hospitality was to bring happiness and joy to the orphans of Qatar,” he said.
 Al Ali appreciated Qatar Airways for its efforts in supporting the Qatari community and said that Qatar Charity welcomes such initiatives from key local organizations that are of benefit to the local community.
 Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 15 years of operations, currently operating a modern fleet of 110 aircraft to 118 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
 Over the next few months, Qatar Airways will launch services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Yangon, Myanmar (October 3); Maputo, Mozambique (October 31) and a date yet-to-be- announced to the Serbian capital Belgrade. (QNA)

Qatar Airways Launches Daily Flights to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Doha, July 25 (QNA) – Qatar Airways has further expanded operations in Africa with today’s launch of daily scheduled flights to Kilimanjaro – its 18th gateway on the diverse Continent and second destination in Tanzania. Operating via the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro takes Qatar Airways’ global network up to 118 destinations and also marks yet another move by the Doha-based airline into underserved markets.
Flight QR546 arrived at Kilimanjaro International Airport to an impressive water salute performed by the local fire service. The arrival was followed by a colorful welcome by traditional Tanzanian dancers and an airport ceremony attended by over 80 people, including local dignitaries, airport officials, local and international media.
Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer Marwan Koleilat officiated at the ceremony on behalf of the airline, travelling on the inaugural flight from Doha. Guest of honour in Kilimanjaro was Tanzania’s Honourable Minister of Transport, Dr. Harrison Mwakyembe. Other distinguished guests included, Tanzania’s Honourable Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr. Hamisi Kagasheki and Tanzania’s Civil Aviation Authority Director General Mr. Fadhili Manongi.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that Africa had been long under the radar of the company’s planning team as the region was highly underserved with a lack of international air services.
“Kilimanjaro signifies the importance Qatar Airways places in looking at airports around the world where capacity is limited, yet passenger demand is strong,” he said.
“We are pleased to be reinforcing our presence in Africa with the addition of scheduled flights to Tanzania’s tourism centre of Kilimanjaro, home to the infamous Mount Kilimanjaro, allowing us to further develop our business on the African continent.
“Kilimanjaro is an established tourist centre and is also fast emerging as a growing economic centre, thanks to its abundant wildlife, natural scenic beauty and natural resources. We have great confidence in the Tanzanian travel market ever since we launched flights to Dar es Salaam in 2007.”
Addressing guests at the airport ceremony in Kilimanjaro, Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer Marwan Koleilat said: “I would like to thank the Tanzanian government and officials at Kilimanjaro International Airport for the warm welcome and supporting our newest route launch.
“The exposure of Kilimanjaro to the world through Qatar Airways’ global network will enable Tanzania to attract even more tourists and businesses alike.”
The dynamic region of East Africa has long been the focus of Qatar Airways. The airline already has a successful operation to Dar es Salaam and Nairobi with double daily flights to both capital cities, as well as daily services to Entebbe in Uganda and the Rwandan capital Kigali.
Qatar Airways now operates 49 flights each week across four East African countries. The Doha – Kilimanjaro route is operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy.
The airline’s African expansion will go a step further on October 31 with the launch of scheduled flights to Maputo in Mozambique, operating thrice-weekly from Doha via Johannesburg.
Qatar Airways has proved that it is a favourite among today’s global travellers by recently winning a clutch of key awards – the most coveted Skytrax Airline of the Year accolade for the second year running, Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh consecutive year and the Best Airline Staff Service award in the Middle East.
The airline has seen rapid growth in just 15 years of operation, currently operating a modern fleet of 110 aircraft to 118 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
Since the beginning of the year, Qatar Airways has launched flights to Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq), Baghdad, and most recently, Perth (Australia) with many more destinations planned during 2012.
Over the next few months, Qatar Airways launches services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Yangon in Myanmar (October 3); Maputo in Mozambique (October 31) and a date yet-to-be-announced to the Serbian capital Belgrade. (QNA)