Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Qatar Airways helps U.S. passengers give thanks

Doha-based Qatar Airways will provide a special holiday touch for all passengers travelling to the United States on Thursday and Friday: a special menu featuring traditional Thanksgiving-day fare.

Passengers in Business Class will be able to choose sliced turkey with gravy accompanied by fondant potatoes, sautéed carrots, green beans and corn bread as one of three options for their main dish, with pumpkin pie for dessert. Passengers in the airline’s Economy Class may also choose a sliced turkey option, with pumpkin cheesecake as a dessert.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350
Qatar Airways A350
In announcing the holiday menu, airline executives noted there was much for which to be thankful.

“We celebrate the spirit of this holiday with our American passengers, and we are thankful for their warm embrace of Qatar Airways this year,” His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, said.

The special Thanksgiving menu will also be available on all flights bound for the U.S. on Friday, Nov. 25 and will also be available on select flights departing the U.S. on Thursday and Friday.

“We know how important Thanksgiving dinner is to this holiday, and we purposely design our on board menus to reflect regional tastes when and where we can,” Rossen Dimitrov, Qatar Airways’ Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, added.

Qatar Airways started service from Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta this year, added a second daily flight to New York’s JFK, and started flying the A350 – the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft, for which the carrier was the global launch customer – to Philadelphia, Boston and one of its twice-daily New York flights.

“We are sincerely grateful for our loyal customers, our dedicated staff, and for the opportunity to further grow in North America,” airline executives said.

Qatar Airways serves 10 destinations in the United States, including: Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS), Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW), Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Los Angeles International (LAX), Miami International (MIA), New York-John F. Kennedy International (JFK), Philadelphia (PHL), and Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International (IAD).

The carrier has also instituted a stop-over program that allows passengers to book a stopover in Doha for up to four days. Transit visas are free of charge, open to all nationalities, and now available on line for application and processing, the airline said.

Customer Show award p[resented to Qatar for Best Customer Experience
Customer Show award
Visitors to Qatar can select from five-star luxury hotels and restaurants in Doha, embark on an adventure at the Inland Sea riding dune-bashing four-by-fours, or experience any of Doha’s famous and world-class museums and cultural exhibits. More information on the stop-over program is available here.

Qatar Airways has received numerous accolades for its award-winning service. Most recently, it was named the airline with the Best Customer Experience at the Customer Show Awards 2016 at a ceremony held in Dubai on Nov. 15.

It has consistently been rated among the world’s best airlines, was named World’s Best Airline in the 2015 SKYTRAX World Airline Awards, and was the No. 2 airline in the 2016, 2014 and 2013 SKYTRAX awards.

It was also recognized by SKYTRAX for Best Staff Service in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class 2016 and Best Business Class Airline Lounge.

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