Qatar Airways Partners With Washingtonian Magazine In Hosting "Best Of Washington 2013" Event

Qatar Airways' Five-Star Service And Onboard Experience Featured Among Washington's Finest Restaurants

Jul 18, 2013, 10:00 ET from Qatar Airways

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Qatar Airways showcased a taste of the "World's Best Business Class" at Washingtonian's Best Of Washington event, sponsored by AT&T and hosted by Washingtonian Magazine.

As the official airline sponsor of Best Of Washington, Qatar Airways showcased its "World's Best Business Class" through a mobile "cabin." The cabin featured two Boeing 777 Business Class seats that converted into fully flat beds, celebrity chef menus, two Qatar Airways Cabin crew members and authentic mezze – an Arabic appetizer assortment featured on every Qatar Airways flight.

The special cabin was an opportunity for Washingtonians to experience the art of travel onboard Qatar Airways.

The AT&T Best Of Washington party and auction, held at the National Building Museum, is an annual highlight on the Washington, DC calendar, where over 2,000 guests, celebrities and restaurateurs gather to enjoy the best cuisines the nation's capital has to offer, as voted by Washingtonian Magazine readers.

All proceeds from the silent auction and a portion of tickets sales went to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

"Washington is the home of our North American operations and we are honored to have our in-flight experience featured among DC's finest hospitality and cuisine.

"With our world-renowned chefs and five-star service, we are proud to say that DC business travelers and the world over have voted for an award to Qatar Airways for Best Business Class," said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.

Qatar Airways in-flight dining options include unique dishes by world-famous chefs, including Nobu, Thomas Aikens, Vaneet Bhatia and Ramzi Choutri. Additionally, Business Class passengers are treated to amenity kits by Salvatore Ferragamo, fully flat beds, full-size pillows, exquisite pajamas with attentive turn-down service, as well as individual phones and 17 inch personal LCD TVs to enjoy over 1,000 on-demand entertainment options.

"Before we built the World's Best Business Class, we asked ourselves what could truly elevate the experience of the business traveler. We saw the opportunity to exceed expectations and now invite our Washington guests to experience unparalleled service, whether their business takes them to our home in Doha or to one of our 128 destinations around the world," added Al Baker.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operation, currently flying a modern fleet of 127 aircraft to 128 key business and leisure destinations worldwide.

Qatar Airways has so far launched six destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman) and Basra (Iraq).

Over the next few months, the network will expand with the addition of further destinations – Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Chengdu, China (September 3), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia, USA (2 April 2014).

Notes to Editors: 
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. At the recent Skytrax World Airline awards at the 2013 Paris Air Show, the airline was awarded Best Business Class in the World, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East, and Best Business Class Lounge in the World  .In October 2012, Qatar Airways became the first of the major Gulf carriers to officially announce plans to join a global alliance having been invited into the oneworld group. For more information, visit

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