Originally owned by the Qatar Royal family, Qatar Airways is now owned by the state and carries the flag of Qatar. It was founded in 1993 and commenced operations from January 1994 with its headquarters at the Qatar Airways Tower in Doha. The airline has its main hub at the Doha International Airport. The airline operates about 100 international flights across Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Far East, South Asia, Middle East, North America, South America and Oceania, with a fleet of over 100 aircraft, giving employment to more than 20,000 people from various parts of the world. The cabin crew of the airline is listed as the best cabin crew in the Middle East and has over 1200 nationalities.
Qatar Airways has many subsidiaries like Qatar Aircraft Catering Company, Doha International Airport, Qatar Airways Holidays, Qatar Executive, and so on. The booking of tickets can be done through online, the reservation counters, call centers by calling the toll-free numbers, travel agents, or the cell phone. However, the online booking is the most preferred method as it is easy and done anytime and anywhere at your own convenience. You can give the payment through your credit or debit card and get the e-ticket, a printout of which should be carried while boarding the flight. Nowadays, ticket-less travel is also introduced, wherein you need to carry only your passport and reservation number.
Other than the online booking, the website also provides other information like the flight schedule, prices of tickets, route map, available flights, seat availability, and so on. You can even cancel tickets online, get other services like online check-in, manage booking, hotel booking, rent a car, and many more. When booked about 7 days prior to the flight departure, you can cancel the ticket within 24 hours of the purchase and get the full refund.
The different classes offered by the airline are the First Class, Business Class and Economy Class. The First Class cabin has seats with more legroom, about 6.5 feet, and seats that can open into flat bed. Each seat has a massage function and entertainment system. The Business Class has flat beds in Boeing 777, but in others the seats can recline to only 172 degree. The Economy Class is spacious with personal monitor and entertainment system; it received the best cabin in the world awards in the years 2004 and 2010.
The in-flight entertainment is excellent with charming crew at your service. The unique shopping experience provided by the airline reveals high levels of price transparency. The meals served are too good to be expressed in words, including cuisines from different parts of the world.
Qatar Airways is the recipient of the 5-star rating by Skytrax and has received many awards for its excellent services.