LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This weekend Qatar Airways is taking over The Grove and giving Los Angeles travelers a preview of the airline's five-star service to celebrate its upcoming service to LAX on January 1, 2016. The three-day event entitled "Discover Qatar Airways" will showcase the airline's amenities and culture by offering delicious Middle Eastern food tastings, an award-winning Business Class seat experience, creative children's activities, musical entertainment from around the world, and the chance to win Qatar Airways Business and Economy Class tickets.
"We are thrilled to begin flights between Los Angeles and Doha on New Years Day," said Mr. Gunter Saurwein, Qatar Airways Vice President of the Americas. "Qatar Airways gives its passengers the freedom to explore an entire world of cultural sights, sounds and tastes. We want to give our future LA travelers the opportunity to experience our own commitment to comfort, style and sophistication in the sky this weekend, while also inspiring them with a sense of wanderlust."
The "Discover Qatar Airways" event will highlight the airline's diverse network of 152 destinations around the world through cultural displays and musical performances. The weekend will kick off with a VIP reception on Friday, where guests will be treated to a special performance by Judith Hill, a stand-out contestant on the popular network television program, "The Voice". Then on Saturday, visitors can browse fashion displays, taste local cuisine, and listen to musical performances including vibrant African and Bollywood dancing routines, and vocal performances. Meanwhile on Sunday, children can enjoy creative arts & crafts experiences at the Kids' Club, featuring henna art, mosaic box crafting, a coloring wall and Instagram-ready photo booth.
"Beyond the lavish amenities and award-winning service, Qatar Airways' unmatched sense of hospitality sets it apart," added Steven Martin, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances & Entertainment at Caruso Affiliated, an innovative developer of retail, dining and lifestyle destinations including The Grove. "Aviation brings the world together and here today, they're giving guests a world travel experience, which will inspire globetrotters for the road ahead when Qatar Airways launches in 2016."
Locals will have several opportunities to win Qatar Airways tickets through different contests this weekend. On social media today, October 23rd Los Angeles residents will be asked to "spot" Qatar Airways cabin crew in locations around the city, using clues posted on Qatar Airways' Twitter and Facebook accounts. Lucky followers can win round trip tickets to the destination of their choice. Please visit www.qatarairways.com/spottheqrew for more details.
Throughout the weekend, visitors to The Grove can also enter for a chance to win round trip tickets as well as tickets to Z100's sold-out Jingle Ball show in December. Please visit http://www.qatarairways.com/us/en/offers/discover-qr.page for details.
"The Gulf Middle East region is an important market that we have in our sights as part of our long-term strategic plan to increase visitation to Los Angeles," said President and CEO of Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Ernest Wooden, Jr. "We look forward to Qatar Airways commencing service to LAX, which is undergoing a significant $8 billion modernization project and serves as an amazing entree to any quintessential Los Angeles experience."
In addition to launching a daily service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Doha's Hamad International Airport (DOH) on January 1st, 2016, Qatar Airways will be opening new U.S. gateways in Boston on March 16th and Atlanta on June 1st, 2016. The airline plans to host similar pre-launch events, each tailored to the unique atmosphere of those cities.
Notes to Editors:
Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating a modern fleet of 166 aircraft to 152 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. The airline has won several awards including being voted by passengers as the Airline of the Year for the third time and Best Airline in the Middle East for the ninth time at the 2015 Skytrax Awards.
Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World's Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Qatar Airways recently launched Oryx One, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 2,000. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the five-star airline's on-board Wifi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways Cargo, the world's fifth largest cargo carrier, serves more than 40 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 166 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes six Airbus 330, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.
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