QATAR AIRWAYS HITS THE TARMAC WITH BOTH FEET RUNNING
When QR 536, an Airbus A320 in a two class configuration with the latest inflight entertainment equipment and OnAir internet connectivity on board, landed at Entebbe International Airport for the first time on a scheduled flight a few minutes ago, there was the traditional water arc created by the airports fire engines as a befitting welcome to the latest international, and first ever five star airline coming to The Pearl of Africa.
Civil aviation officials were seen smiling and nodding to each other as they, first and foremost, celebrated their success in making daily flights from Doha to Entebbe possible and facilitating traffic rights while invited guests and a few media representatives were busy watching the plane taxi to its parking position before ground handling staff were swarming the plane to put the chokes under and wheel the staircases to the doors.
Qatar Airways and Qatar government officials as well as ordinary passengers then emerged from the aircraft to be met by CAA personnel and Ugandan government officials.
Meanwhile in the city of Kampala, some 45 kilometres away, were preparations in full swing to celebrate the arrival of Qatar Airways and CEO Akbar Al Baker will hold a press conference on Thursday morning at the Kampala Serena Hotel to meet local, regional and international media representatives.
The Qatar Airways office is presently swamped with requests for their incredible launch fares, starting at 99 US Dollars return, PLUS taxes while European and Asian destinations cost just a hundred dollars more at 199 PLUS taxes, to fly as far as Beijing. Available for the launch week the fares have caused a run of sort by opportunistic travelers seeking best bargains deserting other airlines by the droves, and the Qatar Airways staff in Kampala is of course all optimistic that their inflight quality and in particular the service on the ground in transit in Doha will soon convince travelers that they have found a new gem worth sticking to. Watch this space tomorrow for details from the press conference and answers to questions which will be fielded to the Qatar Airways CEO.