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Qatar Airways achieves facilities management excellence accreditation

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Airline recently also had the opportunity to add a small number of Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft to its fleet, the first of which arrived in Doha on 15 April.

DOHA, QATAR – Qatar Airways has been recognised by the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) for successfully demonstrating the application of ISO 55001:2014 Asset Management System under a two-stage audit conducted by TUV SU (Technical Inspection Association). Additionally, achieving ISO 41001 certification underpins the high standard of Facilities and Asset Management which is one of the foundations of a 5-star airline.

The airlines’ ‘end-to-end’ management service encompasses building maintenance for a diverse portfolio of leased and owned assets in hundreds of residential buildings with thousands of units, as well as, associated plant, equipment and movable assets including furniture and appliances. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “This accomplishment and compliance with such standards, demonstrates the team’s expertise and confidence of stakeholders in our consistent, effective and efficient procedures which stem from Qatar Airways’ significant real estate investment.”

ISO 55001:2014 and ISO 41001:2018 are the international standards providing a management framework for lifecycle Asset Management System and Facilities Management System, respectively. The standards define the principles and/or requirements for compliance and certification which include planning, acquisition, risk and change management, maintenance management, repairs, return and/or disposal of assets (wherever applicable), monitoring and continuous evaluation of performance.

Boeing 737 MAX Entry to Service

Also, the airline recently had the opportunity to add a small number of Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft to its fleet, the first of which arrived in Doha on 15 April. Since its arrival the aircraft has undergone post-delivery maintenance which has included IFE streaming installation and the aircraft has been used for pilot training almost every day. The utilization of the Boeing 737-8s will add capacity to help drive future growth, especially in short haul markets, which will be expanded from the Doha-Kuwait-Doha route to other nations, principally in the GCC as further approvals take place. As a rapidly growing airline, these efficient and modern aircraft are a welcome addition to the narrow body fleet to support our sustainable expansion plans as the world’s leading airline. Qatar Airways has now received its second Boeing 737-8 and will receive the remaining 7 aircraft by end of July.

Qatar Airways is a leading customer for the Boeing 737-10 with 25 of this type ordered at the Farnborough Airshow in 2022. The Boeing 737-10 and Boeing 737-8 have a number of operational synergies, particularly in pilot training and ground handling, which will deliver value to customers, though there are differences in onboard amenities such as the Oryx One Play Wireless Inflight Entertainment, rather than the Individual IFE screens which will be available on the Boeing 737-10. Whilst the Boeing 737-8 will operate on shorter sectors, these are not expected to be exclusively operated with this aircraft and will flexibly utilise the Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 depending on demand and capacity.

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