Qatar Airways has been effectively handling the Airspace blockaded by most of Qatar’s Gulf neighbours, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.
Even after the blockade, the airline added 11 new international destinations, surpassing the 150-destination milestone, including reopening its route to London Gatwick on 22 May 2018.
The airline also placed an order for 200 Boeing aircraft valued around $US20.2 billion and 37 A350-1000s.
The airline that started started 21 years ago with only four aircraft, has grown to become the one of world’s top airline brands. Airline received the “Airline Of The Year awards in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017, and best business class award in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017
Under Mr. Al Baker’s leadership, Qatar Airways has matured into a leading force in regional and global aviation, earning many admirers around the world for its excellent standards of service.
From only four aircraft in 1997, the airline grew to a fleet size of 28 aircraft by the end of 2003 and a milestone 50 by October 2006 and today operates 212 aircraft to more than 150 destinations worldwide.
Qatar Airways has one of the industry’s youngest fleets with an average aircraft age of five years. Qatar Airways currently has more than 350 new aircraft worth more than US$90 billion pending delivery over the next few years. This includes orders for Airbus’ new generation A350s, A320 Neos, A380s, A330 Freighters, and Boeing 777s, Boeing 777Xs, Boeing 787s and has signed a Letter of Intent for 60 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. In average airline takes delivery of a new plane every 10 days.
The key to its success is its Chief Al Baker’s vision for the airline is “growth, growth, and growth”.