Qatar Airways has announced plans to expand its private jet charter division around the world with the opening of new offices in Shanghai, Moscow and London later this year.
Qatar Executive has also received two additional certifications – the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations, which confirms the company’s safety standards for corporate aviation, and Wyvern Wingman, which dictates additional requirements.
The airline says that opening the new offices in key locations will enable it to offer bespoke and personal service to both business and leisure clients on a global scale.
The private charter division was opened in 2009 and has been celebrating its tenth anniversary at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE).
It currently operates a fleet of 16 jets, including five Gulfstream G650ERs, three Gulfstream, G500s, three Bombardier Challenger 605s, four Global 500s and one Global XRS. In 2019, the charter division will receive an additional five G500s, with one arriving this month, and one G650ER being delivered in June.
CEO Akbar Al Baker commented: “Qatar Airways first announced the formation of a corporate jet subsidiary, Qatar Executive, at the Paris Air Show in 2009 as part of the airline’s global growth strategy and continued commitment to the Middle East and the global business travel community. I am extremely proud of where we are now, just ten years later. Not only have we built a Qatar-based corporate jet operator, we are also now expanding our presence globally, bringing our state-of-the-art aircraft to every corner of the world.”
Announcing the expansion at EBACE, Ettore Rodaro, executive vice president of Qatar Executive, said: “Qatar Executive has been experiencing 30 per cent year-on-year growth in the Asia Pacific market, and with the imminent opening of our new Shanghai office, we will enhance our services to our existing clientele and further expand our brand to new customers who would like to benefit from our premium services. We are also very pleased with our two new certifications. We are fully invested in providing a safe, luxurious product to our customers all over the world, whether their journey with us is for business or pleasure, and we look forward to seeing what the next ten years brings Qatar Executive.”