Akbar Al Baker comments on new Qatar Airways flight to Auckland
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, has held a press conference at the Sofitel Hotel in Auckland about the airline's inaugural flight to New Zealand's capital.
Following the arrival of the airline’s first flight to New Zealand yesterday, Al Baker took the opportunity to talk about the airline’s expansion in the region and to express his pride in Qatar Airways’ record achievement of the world’s longest direct commercial flight.
Al Baker said: “We are proud to offer the people of New Zealand the best possible passenger experience when connecting to friends and family across the globe on board the world’s longest commercial flight from Auckland to Doha. The new service will give passengers from New Zealand the opportunity to travel to the more than 150 destinations on our global network where they will arrive feeling more refreshed than ever before thanks to the modern technology and high level of personalised customer service on board.”
Auckland Airport chief executive officer, Adrian Littlewood, said: “The Qatar Airways service we welcomed to Auckland Airport yesterday will contribute around NZD $198 million to the New Zealand economy each year. The new service provides an exciting new option for visitors to New Zealand and for New Zealanders travelling overseas.”