Qatar Airways once again supported the UK-based Foreign Press Association’s prestigious annual awards function, in which the airline sponsored the main award of the night – Journalist of the Year.
UK and international journalists were awarded across multiple categories at the event which took place at The Park Lane Hotel in central London and was compered by Hugh Dennis, English comedian, actor and writer. Besides his regular television work, Hugh Dennis is a panellist on Mock the Week and has appeared in every episode since its inception. He is a regular guest on various BBC-broadcast comedy panel game shows such as They Think It's All Over, Would I Lie To You?, QI and has guest hosted Have I Got News for You.
Qatar Airways Country Manager UK and Ireland, Richard Oliver, presented the Journalist of the Year Award on behalf of the airline to Ed Caesar, author and feature writer. Mr Caesar has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Outside, The Smithsonian Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine and British GQ, and has reported from a wide range of countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kosovo.
Qatar Airways hosted a wide range of guests during the evening, which attracted more than 340 people, including Ambassadors, politicians and business leaders to celebrate excellence in international television, print, broadcast and web-based journalism. Qatar Airways Country Manager UK and Ireland, Richard Oliver, said: “The Foreign Press Association Awards recognise the highest achievers in media and journalism and we are proud to have presented the award to Ed Caesar, winner of ‘Journalist of the Year 2014’. The standard of journalism amongst all nominees was truly exceptional.”
Qatar Airways took delivery of its first A380 on 17th September 2014. The aircraft is the first of 13 on order and has commenced operations on the QR003 and QR004 London-Doha services. Featuring a tri-class configuration of First, Business and Economy Class seating over two decks, the Qatar Airways A380 is designed to offer the airline’s signature five-star service with outstanding in-flight entertainment and service on board. There are a total of 517 seats, with eight in First Class, 48 in Business Class and 461 seats in Economy Class. By the end of the year the Qatar Airways A380 will operate on a total of three routes including Paris and Bangkok.
Qatar Airways has announced Frankfurt as the first route for its highly anticipated A350 Xtra Wide Body (XWB) aircraft. As the Global Launch operator of the A350 XWB, the programme will achieve another major milestone once the airline receives its first aircraft before the end of this year. Upon delivery, following several weeks of induction preparation, Qatar Airways will then be set to introduce its first commercial service to the German business hub city of Frankfurt. Frankfurt will be operated non-stop daily with an A350 starting from January next year.
The airline has chosen the European city for its first route for the Extra Wide Body service because of the significant capacity the aircraft provides for the comfort of its business and leisure travellers.