Qatar Airways has announced the launch of its chauffeur-driven door-to-door transfer service at all the airports spanning in above 85 destinations in its international network. This service would be offered to customers traveling in first class and business class. The airline has however said that the economy class passengers would also benefit from this privileged service.
Media reports said that Qatar Airways has entered into partnership with global chauffeur service provider Blacklane for offering door-to-door airport transfers. The customers would be required to visit the airline’s official website or app for booking this service for a fee. The customers would be able to make their own choice of vehicles, which includes Cadillac, Mercedes Benz, BMW and Audi, with first class cars, SUVs, business class or business vans.
Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, said, “We have always wanted to do something innovative and remain ahead in the global civil aviation industry. Our partnership with Blacklane demonstrates the innovative ideas we have always endeared, and we fully know that this privileged door-to-door chauffeur-driven airport transfer service would be greatly valued by our customers. This is also our endeavor to make the overall travel experience of our customers luxurious and hassle free as far as possible.”
Al Baker further stated that this innovative door-to-door chauffeur-driven airport transfer service would be cashless and rates are all-inclusive, and determined prior to booking. The fare would be inclusive of gratuities, fees, tolls and taxes, with a one-hour complimentary wait time for airport pickups. The customers will also have the flexibility to cancel or change this service free of charge at least one hour in advance prior to their journey for one-way trips.
Other leading Middle East carriers such as Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways offered chauffeur-driven service as well. Dubai-based Emirates Airline had announced in June this year that it has partnered with BMW to offer chauffeur-driven cars for its business class customers. UAE’s national carrier Etihad Airways made an announcement in the same month of June 2017 saying that it would be curtailing its chauffeur-driven service from all the international destinations in its network.