LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of Los Angeles residents turned out to enjoy the "Discover Qatar Airways" pop-up event, hosted throughout the weekend at The Grove.
The unique event celebrated the upcoming daily, non-stop service between Hamad International Airport in Doha and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), scheduled to commence on January 1st, 2016. Guests of all ages enjoyed a luxurious Qatar Airways experience from start to finish, including an award-winning Business Class seat display, Arabic food tastings, and musical entertainment from around the world.
"In advance of the launch of our services to LAX beginning on January 1st, we chose to provide Los Angeles residents with a taste of our five-star service and amenities," said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. "The response has been incredible and Los Angeles residents have been very welcoming. It is very important for us to engage with all the local communities that we serve and showcase our award-wining hospitality and provide them with a taste of Qatar Airways."
Guests at The Grove enjoyed testing out the Business Class seat, sampling cuisine from the award-winning inflight menu and experiencing the renowned hospitality of Qatar Airways. The national airline of the State of Qatar also used the event to highlight its diverse network of 152 destinations around the world. Arabic, African and Bollywood dance routines were among the highlights and children enjoyed henna art, mosaic box crafting, a coloring wall and Instagram-ready photo booth. On Friday evening, the airline also hosted a VIP reception, featuring a live performance by Judith Hill, a stand-out contestant on NBC's "The Voice".
Throughout the weekend, Qatar Airways also gave out lavish prizes, including Economy and Business Class tickets and even passes to Z100's sold-out Jingle Ball. LA social media was abuzz with the popular "Spot the Qrew" contest, where LA residents had to search for and find Qatar Airways cabin crew members around the city, using clues on Facebook and Twitter. Lucky followers received round-trip tickets on the airline to any destination in the network.
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 is already preparing similar pre-launch events in both cities, after the success and overwhelming popularity of the LA event.
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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