About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways is the state owned flag carrier of Qatar, headquartered in Doha. The airline commenced operations in January 1994 and in October 2012 became part of the Oneworld alliance. Qatar operates with a fleet of 126 aircrafts – 81 Airbus 320, 340, 350, 380 aircrafts and 45 Boeing 777 airplanes. In addition the airline has 174 more aircrafts in order. Qatar also made history by conducting world’s first commercial passenger flight using synthetic Gas to liquids fuel derived from Natural gas. With world class luxury offered in First class and Business class cabins of Qatar airways, the airline is also known for exceptional comfort and staff service in Economy class. The airline offers personal in-flight entertainment options in almost all its flights (except in some Airbus aircrafts which are also being replaced). Qatar airways’ reward program and frequent flier schemes are also quite popular amongst customers.
Qatar Airways have faced tough competition from other popular Middle Easter airlines like Emirates and Etihad, but it has maintained its reputation as a quality service provider. The airline is known for its staff excellence, superior seating arrangement, business class and economy class services. In addition, Qatar Airways have also won the following awards over the past years -
· Best Business Class (World Airline Awards, 2013)
· World’s Best Business Class Lounge (World Airline Awards, 2013)
· Best Airline Staff Service in Middle East (World Airline Awards, 2013)
· World’s Best First Class Lounge (World Airline Awards, 2011)
· Best Airline – Middle East (World Airline Awards, 2011)
· Best Economy Class (Skytrax Awards; 2010 and 2009)
Routes and Destinations
Qatar is one of the few airlines that operate in all six inhabited continents across the globe, covering 128 destinations in 69 countries. Its hub at Doha International Airport is connected to destinations in Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Oceania. Qatar is also in a code-share arrangement with various international airlines such as American airlines, Malaysia airlines, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, GoI Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Middle East Airlines and Philippine Airlines. Extended routes beyond the network of Qatar are even covered by code-share agreement with SNCF railways.
How to Check in?
Check-in counter opens 2 hours before the flight schedule and closes 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time of flight. At the time of check-in, Passport, visa, a printout of the itinerary confirming the flight details must be produced along with a valid photo ID proof. Qatar Airways offers the facility of web check-in, which opens 36 hours prior to the scheduled flight time and is available up to 90 minutes before flight. For flights to US, web check-in opens 24 hours before the scheduled flight time. Web check-in is only applicable for 9 passengers or less booked under the same PNR. Qatar Airways also offers mobile boarding pass facility to its passengers.
Baggage Fees and Allowances
Baggage allowance varies as per destination country and special conditions of passengers as well. Qatar Airways has per piece baggage calculation for countries like Brazil, Argentina and USA. Standard baggage allowance of 50 kg to First class passengers, 40 kg to Business class travelers and 30 kg for Economy class is offered for all other flights. Hand baggage weight allowance is that of 7kg for economy class and 15 kg for First class and Business class. Excess baggage fees vary from 22 USD to 70 USD depending upon destinations nature of check-in (web or counter). Prohibited items include radioactive material, corrosives, aerosols, explosives, inflammable liquids or solids, sharp instruments, poisons or bio-hazard substances.
Qatar Airways fleet comprises of Airbus A340-600 planes, designed to offer segregated seating for First class, Business class and Economy class. Average seating capacity is 306 seats, with 8 First class seats, 42 Business class seats and 256 Economy class seats.
Qatar Airways charges nominal convenience fees for online booking and booking changes. Flights with Qatar Airways can be booked both from Qatar Airways website and online portals. Booking flights from the airline counter doesn’t entail any additional cost.
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