Qatar Airways: from Evolution to Revolution
The fact that no one can discuss when we talk about air travel in the Gulf area is that Qatar Airways Company has put itself among the giants of the field. Though its relatively short lifetime, the company has realized great leaps in improving its performance and reputation. Having its headquarters in the Qatar Airways Tower in Doha, Qatar Airways Company operates a wide central network that links over 100 international destinations from Doha. Its fleet is made up of more than 100 aircraft. The network nature of the company is reflected in that it operates services across Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Far East, South Asia, Middle East, North America, South America and Oceania, and was named Airline of the Year 2012 at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. (1) This short paper is meant to discuss the history of the company and how it developed to become what it is now. History
Acco rding to the site of the company on the web, Qatar Airways was established on 22 November 1993. However, the actual service of flight did not start until January 20, 1994. When the company started working it used only one plane – a Boeing 767-200ER that was a private property for some members of the royal family of Qatar (2). The management of the company kept changing until it has now become managed by the government, who actually hold s fifty percent of the stakes of the company while the other fifty percent is shared by private investors. Over the years from 1997 to 2012, the history of the company has gone through several stages of development and the size of the fleet and operating grown bigger and wider. New aircrafts like Airbus A300-600 and Airbus A320 have been introduced. However, the biggest growth took place in the year 2002 when the Government of Qatar withdrew from Gulf Air. The relation between, Qatar Airways and Airbus Company was supported in 2007 when Qatar Airways ordered 80 Airbus A350...
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