DOHA, 2 October 2017: – Qatar Airways celebrated its 20th anniversary at the weekend as thousands of people watched a Qatar Airways aircraft fly over Doha escorted by the world-famous Red Arrows aerobatic display team.
The event was hosted by the British Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Ajay Sharma, and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker.
The thrilling display took place in the skies above Doha as the Qatar Airways Airbus A350, for which the airline was the global launch customer, flew in formation with the British Royal Air Force’s (RAF) iconic Red Arrows.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “It has been an honour to have one of Qatar Airways’ Airbus A350 aircraft join forces with the world-famous Red Arrows and take part in today’s historic fly-by over the impressive Doha skyline.
Qatar Airways’ flight operations experts produced a special flight plan that enabled one of the airline’s Airbus A350 aircraft, to fly empty in close formation with the Red Arrows Hawk jets. The highly-agile jets can fly at speeds of up to 1,028 km per hour or Mach 0.84.
Qatar Airways chief flight operations officer, Captain Konstantinos, was at the helm of the A350 to fly the aircraft.
The nine-strong fleet of Red Arrows aircraft and their pilots visited Qatar as part of an extensive global tour, to promote commerce with the United Kingdom.
Following its re-launch in 1997, Qatar Airways has become one of the fastest growing carriers in the history of aviation with unprecedented expansion averaging double digit growth year on year. New destinations are planned for the remainder of this year and 2018, including Canberra, Australia, Chiang Mai, Thailand and Cardiff, UK.