Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Company Q.C.S.C., operating as Qatar Airways, is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar. Here are the key details about the company’s profile as of 2024:

  • Headquarters: Qatar Airways Tower, Doha, Qatar
  • Founded: November 22, 1993 (operations started January 20, 1994)
  • Hub: Hamad International Airport, Doha
  • Key People: Badr Mohammed Al-Meer (Chief Executive Officer), Saad Bin Sharida Al-Kaabi (Chairman)
  • Business Model: Full-service network airline
  • Alliance Membership: Oneworld (joined in 2013)
  • Subsidiaries: Qatar Airways Cargo, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Distribution Company, Qatar Executive, Qatar Duty Free

Qatar Airways operates an extensive international network, flying to over 170 destinations across 6 continents from its Doha hub. As of June 2024, the airline’s fleet consists of:

  • 254 aircraft in service
  • Average fleet age of 8.9 years
  • Fleet includes Airbus A320 family, A330, A350 XWB, A380, Boeing 737 MAX, 777, and 787 Dreamliner aircraft

The airline has gained significant recognition over the years, winning several prestigious awards such as:

  • Airline of the Year by Skytrax (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022)
  • World’s Best Business Class by Skytrax (2013, 2014, 2016-2019, 2021, 2022)
  • Best Airline in the Middle East by Skytrax (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2021)

Qatar Airways is wholly owned by the Qatari government and has over 48,000 employees. The airline has been described as an example of “soft power” diplomacy by the Qatari government to rebrand the state globally.