By Massoud A. Derhally
Agreement will offer travellers access to 5,000 destinations on private jets
State-owned Qatar Airways signed an agreement with Bombardier's fractional jet provider Flexjet to offer the Doha-based airline’s customers access to over 5,000 destinations on private jets.
The new "strategic alliance'' will allow customers travelling on Qatar Airways to and from New York, Washington, Houston and Montreal, to book a private jet service in the US, Canada, as well as parts of Mexico and the islands of Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, the carrier said in a statement.
"With a growing focus on the international business market, we have seen an increase in demand for travel to the Middle East and the surrounding regions,'' Flexjet President Fred Reid said.
Qatar Airways operates a fleet of 108 aircraft from its Doha hub to 114 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
Earlier this month, Qatar Airways said it was planning to order ten planes at a value of US$700m from Montreal-based Bombardier, the world’s biggest maker of business aircraft by revenue, as part of its plans to boost its corporate jet business.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.