LONDON, April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) and Qatar Airways have partnered to provide the carrier's passengers worldwide the ability to book Hertz rental vehicles through a new booking platform at www.qatarairways.com. The convenient online solution will offer full global rental options, as well as the ability to book Hertz rentals in either local or destination currency.
Michel Taride, President, Hertz International and Executive Vice President, Hertz Corporation, said: "We are delighted to partner with Qatar Airways to deliver Hertz global car rental services via the easily accessible online travel booking engine provided to their customers. We share Qatar Airways' commitment to harness the latest innovations to improve speed, efficiency and simplicity in the travel process."
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker added: "We are pleased to be offering our passengers an additional service option which provides ease, flexibility and convenience to book rental cars with Hertz. In addition, our Privilege Club members have even more options for taking advantage of Hertz promotions for short breaks or holidays year-round."
The new agreement is the result of a three-year partnership which reinforces the existing relationship between Hertz, the world's leading general use car rental brand, and Qatar's national carrier, which links 113 international destinations from its base in Doha, using a fleet of 106 aircraft.
Passengers can now go to qatarairways.com to select and book car rentals from any of Hertz's 8,500 locations in 150 countries, making their choice from a wide range of makes and types in a global fleet of more than 500,000 vehicles.
For each Hertz car rental booking made through the airline's booking channels, members of the Qatar Airways loyalty program, Privilege Club, will earn 500 "Qmiles." General passengers and Privilege Club members will also benefit from exclusive year-round Hertz promotions when booking through the online channels.
Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,500 corporate and licensee locations in approximately 150 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 119 major airports in Europe. Hertz has a strong presence in the Middle East and Africa region, with 11 Hertz franchisees in the Middle East and 23 in Africa, with a total of 66 locations in the Middle East and 161 outlets in Africa offering a wide range of car rental and leasing services.
Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Choice, Hertz #1 Club Gold®, NeverLost® customized, onboard navigation systems, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the Company's Adrenaline Prestige and Green Traveler Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition.
In 2008, the Company entered the global car sharing market with its service now referred to as Hertz On Demand which rents cars by the hour and/or by the day, at various locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Hertz also operates one of the world's largest equipment rental businesses, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, offering a diverse line of rental equipment, from small tools and supplies to earthmoving equipment, as well as new and used equipment for sale, to customers ranging from major industrial companies to local contractors and consumers, from approximately 315 branches in the United States, Canada, China, France, Spain, Italy and Saudi Arabia, as well as through its international licensees. Hertz also owns Donlen Corporation, based in Northbrook, Illinois, which is a leader in providing fleet leasing and management services.
About Qatar Airways
As part of its 2012 expansion program, Qatar Airways has launched flights to Tbilisi (Georgia) Baku (Azerbaijan) and Kigali (Rwanda). The carrier has a further 11 new routes to be inducted during the year, namely Perth, Zagreb, Gassim, Helsinki, Belgrade, Erbil, Baghdad, Yangon, Mombasa, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro. The airline currently flies to 113 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft.
Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry. In addition to winning Skytrax's prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 award, Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the sixth year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best First Class Airline Lounge. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com
SOURCE Hertz Corporation