The Honeywell UV Cabin System is roughly the size of an aircraft beverage cart and has UVC light arms that extend over the top of seats and sweep the cabin to treat aircraft surfaces.

Qatar Airways operates latest version of Honeywell’s UV Cabin System

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The Honeywell UV Cabin System is roughly the size of an aircraft beverage cart and has UVC light arms that extend over the top of seats and sweep the cabin to treat aircraft surfaces.

Qatar Airways becomes the first global carrier to operate Honeywell’s Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System version 2.0, further advancing its hygiene measures on board.

The latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System that is owned and operated by Qatar Aviation Services (QAS), has been introduced to add flexibility, improve reliability, mobility and ease of use compared to its predecessor, with extended UV wings that treat both narrow and wide areas on board, reducing the overall disinfection time. This version also includes a hand wand that disinfects areas like the cockpit and other smaller spaces and is non-motorised leading to less battery consumption. In clinical tests, UV light has been shown to be capable of inactivating various viruses and bacteria when properly applied.

After receiving 17 units of the latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System V2, the devices have all undergone comprehensive testing on board Qatar Airways’ aircraft. The airline aims to operate them on board all aircraft turnarounds at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive,. Akbar Al Baker, said: “As the first global airline to operate the latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System V2 on board our aircraft, it is significantly more user friendly and technologically advanced. QAS has continued to maintain our impeccable service during the outbreak of COVID-19, specifically supporting with repatriation flights and increased cargo workloads.

“As the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating, the first airline in the Middle East to begin trials of the innovative new IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ mobile app, and most recently, the first airline in the world to operate a flight with fully vaccinated crew and passengers – it is in our core to continuously be at the forefront of innovation, and to keep implementing the latest safety and hygiene measures on board and on the ground.”

Qatar Airways is offering passengers on board bespoke Iftar meal bags, consisting of Middle Eastern delicacies to break their fast during the month of Ramadan.

Qatar Airways celebrates Ramadan with bespoke Iftar meal bags

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Qatar Airways is offering passengers on board bespoke Iftar meal bags, consisting of Middle Eastern delicacies to break their fast during the month of Ramadan.

Qatar Airways is offering passengers on board bespoke Iftar meal bags, consisting of Middle Eastern delicacies to break their fast during the month of Ramadan.

The Iftar bag, designed in-house, contains a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies that will be offered on selected routes across Algeria, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

On flights departing from Doha, the Iftar bag will contain a bottle of water, fresh Laban, Medjool Dates, Chicken Musakhan Wrap, Falafel Wrap and Baklava. For inbound flights to Doha, passengers will be offered the same selection with a Chicken Shawarma and a Muhammara Wrap.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “With heart-warming greetings, we wish all our passengers Ramadan Kareem.  We are delighted to invite all our passengers this holy month, to share an Iftar meal together on board. The Holy Month of Ramadan is an important time for a great number of our customers, and we are excited to provide a service that is tailored to the needs of those who are fasting.”

Travelling between time zones can be challenging for the fasting travellers; thus Qatar Airways cabin crew will make an announcement before the commencement of this service and serve the Iftar meal bags at the appropriate time during the flight.

To ensure a contactless dining experience, travellers will be able to digitally access the Iftar and Suhoor menu through their smartphones via QR codes.

Qatar Airways Oryx One IFE platform

Qatar Airways gives unlimited access to international media titles

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Qatar Airways Oryx One IFE platform

Qatar Airways, via a new partnership with PressReader, has begun offering passengers unlimited access to more than 6,000 global digital magazine and newspaper titles in one seamless digital experience through its Oryx One in-flight entertainment app from March 2021.

Passengers can access titles by downloading the Oryx One app to their personal electronic devices (PEDs), inserting their Booking Reference Number (PNR) into the app’s ‘Newsstand’ and selecting the exclusively curated titles they wish to save. The service will be available up to three days before, and seven days after scheduled flights and the downloaded content will stay in a user’s digital library for as long as they have the app installed, helping to reduce newspaper and magazine waste, both on the ground and in-flight, by over 1,000 tonnes each year.

Uniquely, passengers will not need to leave Oryx One or download any additional apps to access the content at any point.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our partnership with PressReader not only offers a COVID-safe, contactless entertainment option to further enhance our passenger’s on-board experience, it also supports our commitment to environmental sustainability, which continues to be a key focus for the airline.”

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Salam Al Shawa, added: “We are delighted to be able to offer Qatar Airways passengers the convenience of accessing thousands of top name global magazine and newspaper titles in one safe, contactless and seamless digital experience without ever leaving the Oryx One app.”

Qatar Airways has introduced a new line of luxurious toiletries for premium passengers, created exclusively by parfumerie maison diptyque.

Qatar Airways signs global exclusive partnership with fragrance brand diptyque

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Qatar Airways has introduced a new line of luxurious toiletries for premium passengers, created exclusively by parfumerie maison diptyque.

Qatar Airways has introduced a new line of luxurious toiletries for premium passengers, created exclusively by parfumerie maison diptyque.

The new range of toiletries will be available in the First and Business Class washrooms on board and at the airline’s premium lounges around the world.

The new collection includes a velvet hand lotion with scents of sweet almond and petitgrain, hand wash with notes of lavender, rosemary, and a hint of ylang ylang, infused facial water with floral notes of rose, virginia cedar and lemon petitgrain, and essential face cream with a heart of roses, notes of prickly pear and the freshness of lemon petitgrain. Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion complete the range of products offered to customers at the airline’s premium lounges at Hamad International Airport (HIA) and other key airport hubs.

Qatar Airways Head of Product Development and Service Design, Genevieve Rosario, said: “We are so excited to be introducing our premium passengers to a new and exclusive range of diptyque toiletries that we hope will become a part of their lifestyles. The lavish and exquisite toiletries are designed to further enhance the customer experience, surrounding our customers in comforting essences and fragrances that will take them on a sensory journey to create travel memories with Qatar Airways. We are proud to be offering world-class products from brands such as diptyque that have a lasting impact on our passengers.”

diptyque’s Executive Director, Fabienne Mauny, said: “Travel has formed an integral part of our House since its creation in 1961. We are therefore delighted to partner with Qatar Airways, a company that shares our passion to provide our customers with enchanting experiences. We are very happy to launch this exclusive collection of products designed for passenger wellness and pleasure.”

The collaboration between Qatar Airways and diptyque was facilitated by FORMIA, and will continue with more offerings planned for the coming months.

Qatar Airways has become the first airline to offer 100% touch free IFE access vis PEDs

Qatar Airways set to offer passengers 100% touch free IFE

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Qatar Airways has become the first airline to offer 100% touch free IFE access vis PEDs

Passengers travelling on board the airline’s Airbus A350 fleet will soon be able to access the Oryx One in-flight entertainment system through their own personal electronic devices, minimising the risk of COVID-19.

To pair their PED, passengers need to connect to ‘Oryxcomms’ Wi-Fi and scan a QR code displayed on the Thales AVANT IFE screen. They can then use their devices to navigate and enjoy more than 4,000 options on Oryx One limiting the frequency of on board surface contact and providing greater peace of mind throughout the duration of their journey.

The airline is also set to become the first in Europe and the Middle East and North Africa region to offer passengers in Business and Economy the option to pair their personal Bluetooth headphones with the on-board seatback IFE system in all cabins on the Boeing 787-9 fleet.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “The introduction of the state-of-the-art…technology and enabling passengers to use their personal Bluetooth headset on board, is an important step in taking our already rigorous and stringent COVID-19 precautions to another level, limiting passenger surface contact and preventing any possible spread of infection on board.

“We hope it provides yet further assurance of the safety of air travel, as well as offering passengers on board increased confidence that they are enjoying the most consistently advanced customer experience available in the sky.”

Qatar Airways Dreamliner

Qatar Airways upgrades IFE system with unique use experience

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Qatar Airways Dreamliner

Qatar Airways has upgraded its current fleet of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with the Thales AVANT in-flight entertainment (IFE) system.

The retrofit installation was conducted without disrupting the utilisation of the fleet and minimising down time.

Thales developed an upgrade program to adapt the existing legacy system to incorporate new AVANT screens and servers into the existing seats and aircraft infrastructure. The turnkey approach includes delivery of full seat modification, hardware and all required certifications, as well as the ability to leverage media integration commonality across the Qatar Airways’ fleet equipped with AVANT.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Salam Al Shawa, said: “As a leader of innovation within the global aviation industry, we are always looking for ways to further enrich our already exceptional 5-Star on board experience for passengers. With the latest in-flight technology, including lightweight screens, greater content storage and full HD touch screens, we are delighted to work with Thales in bringing the most advanced AVANT IFE system on board our Boeing 787-8 fleet.”

Upgrading to AVANT IFE on the Boeing B787-8 fleet introduces the latest High Definition (HD), capacitive touch screen technology enabling passengers to seamlessly navigate the graphical user interface (GUI) using familiar gestures from their smartphone or tablet. The lightweight screens are two to three times brighter than the former technology, featuring more than 16 million colours for a brilliant viewing experience.

The AVANT system offers a large selection of features and applications with high-capacity servers to store over a terabyte of industry leading media content including the latest HD movies, TV show episodes and music collections. Business class passengers will enjoy 17-inch Full HD touch screens; the main cabin will feature the same experience with 12-inch smart displays.

Qatar Airways A350 mid-flight

ABM enjoys continuing cleaning success

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Qatar Airways A350 mid-flight

Weeks after announcing a cabin cleaning contract with Etihad Airways at Heathrow Airport, ABM has signed up Qatar Airways.

Antony Marke, Group Managing Director for ABM’s UK aviation business, said: “Qatar Airways is one of the few global airlines to have continued flying throughout the pandemic and we are focussed on helping them build on this success.

“Ensuring passengers feel safe enough to fly again plays a major role in this and delivering clean airports and aircrafts is therefore essential.”

Qatar Airways has recently extended its fleet of Airbus A350-1000 aircraft with the addition of three new aircraft.

Qatar Airways Boeing 777 aircraft

Qatar Airways begins IFE upgrade on Boeing 777 fleet

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Qatar Airways Boeing 777 aircraft

Qatar Airways has been confirmed as the launch customer for Panasonic’s new EcoFW 10” in-flight entertainment (IFE) upgrade program.

The seatback IFE monitors on the airline’s fleet of 37 Boeing 777 aircraft will be updated with Panasonic’s new EcoFW 10” monitor upgrade – creating a next-generation HD passenger experience while extending the life of the fleet’s IFE system, and reducing operational costs.

Panasonic’s IFE upgrade program, which can be achieved on an aircraft during routine overnight maintenance, includes the installation of a new passenger entertainment server.

This provides passengers with a wider range of content and helps to modernize the airline’s offering and keep up-to-date with the demands of changing consumer preferences. This also enables the airline to achieve faster media loading times – all without any increase in weight, and with dramatically improved reliability levels.

The first aircraft from Qatar Airways’ 777 fleet has completed its IFE upgrade this week.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications,  Salam Al Shawa, said: “With one of the youngest and most technologically-advanced fleet in the skies, Qatar Airways is known for its outstanding onboard experience, as well as a leader of innovation within the global aviation industry.”

“We are delighted to work with Panasonic to bring the next generation EcoFW HD screens to our award-winning Oryx One in-flight entertainment system, enabling our passengers to enjoy an enhanced journey on board our fleet as part of the airline’s exceptional five-star service.”

Qatar vegan meals for business class passengers

Qatar Airways serves up first fully vegan range of dishes in business class

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Qatar vegan meals for business class passengers

Qatar Airways has introduced its first range of fully vegan dishes to its à la carte menu for business class passengers on all flights.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker said: “We always strive to provide our customers with authentic and indulgent experiences in the skies. We are delighted to incorporate a vegan main course choice to our on-board menu, offering our passengers yet another lifestyle choice that redefines the expectations from a five-star airline.”

Using only the freshest locally and internationally sourced ingredients the vegan dishes include smoked moutabel, spiral courgettes and arrabbiata sauce, tofu and spinach tortellini, Asian barbecue tofu, noodles, scallions and shiitake, fried tofu with vegetable tajine, cauliflower couscous and kalamata bruschetta, and chickpea flour omelette.

The meals are available to all business class passengers flying from the airline’s Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, and selected flights into Doha.

Qatar Airways Breast Cancer Awareness Month amenity kit

Qatar Airways goes pink to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Qatar Airways Breast Cancer Awareness Month amenity kit

To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Qatar Airways is offering passengers an exclusive ‘Think Pink’ experience in the sky as well in its lounges, offering custom-designed limited-edition amenity kits and pink-themed special menus.

The exclusive amenity kits designed in-house and created exclusively for Qatar Airways by Italian luggage brand BRIC’S, are made from vegan leather with male and female options available. Both kits feature a unique zipper pull in the shape of the iconic breast cancer ribbon.

The kit is further customised with a message imprinted on a band, reading: ‘Think pink and support the fight’. Each kit contains select products from Italy’s Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio, the environmentally friendly and innovative nutrition-centric olive oil company. The skin care range includes lip balm, hydrating facial mist, and anti-ageing moisturiser, as well as pink socks and eyeshades.

On flights departing from Doha, passengers travelling in Business Class will be given exclusive pink-themed food and beverage including pink guava and grape lemonade and assorted desserts with the iconic pink ribbon. On all ultra-long-haul flights departing from Doha, passengers will be served a special pink afternoon tea menu featuring raspberry macaroons and opera cake.

Economy Class passengers travelling on overnight long-haul and all ultra-long-haul flights are also offered limited edition breast cancer awareness amenity kits. The bags feature the pink ribbon and include eyeshades, socks, earplugs, lip balm, toothbrush and toothpaste. Pink raspberry or strawberry mousse desserts will be served on all lunch and dinner services on all flights departing from Doha.