Qatar Executive achieves record year in flight activity
Qatar Executive, the private jet charter division of Qatar Airways, has reported a near 600% boost in flight arrivals and departures at its Premium Terminal FBO during the Qatar World Cup 2022.
The FBO, located at Doha International Airport, saw an increase of 595% year-over-year (YoY) for arrivals and 574% for departures between November and December. Of the departures, more than half (296) took off between December 18-19th, after the final World Cup match.
“Qatar Executive’s operations grew significantly during the World Cup period, demonstrating the division’s robust FBO services, while offering the most advanced solutions to valued customers,” said Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways. “Qatar Executive’s continuous growth trajectory reflects the trust of our clients and is also a testament to our commitment to innovation and excellence.”
The charter company renovated the existing terminal in Doha ahead of the World Cup, including upgrading baggage handling services and training additional staff. In addition, the company added three Gulfstream G650ER aircraft to its now 19-strong fleet, 15 of which are G650ERs. This made the firm the largest owner and biggest single commercial operator of the aircraft. The remaining four jets are two Bombardier Global 5000s, an Airbus A319ACJ and an Airbus A319 Air Ambulance aircraft.
The World Cup drove an uptick in demand of 24% YoY for business jet travel in the Middle East, according to a report by WINGX in December.