Qatar Airways offers replacement laptops on US-bound flights
Proving that they won’t let the “laptop ban” be an inconvenience to passengers, Qatar Airways has just upped its game. The Doha-based airline announced today that it’s “business as usual” and they will be offering replacement laptops to passengers for the duration of their flight from Hamad International Airport to the US.
The loan will be available to Business Class passengers travelling to the US from next week, and laptops can be collected from the gate just before boarding. You’ll be able to download all your work onto a USB before you get on board so that you can pick up right where you left off.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said; “As an award-winning and global airline we truly appreciate the importance of being able to work on board our aircraft and that is why I have insisted on offering only the best possible solution for our customers. By providing this laptop loan service we can ensure that our passengers on flights to the US can continue to work whilst on-board. This unique ability to offer ‘business as usual’, above and beyond the competition, is yet another example of Qatar Airways justification for being the ‘World’s Best Business Class’.”
Hinting at the efforts of Emirates (who were quick to highlight their in-flight entertainment options when the ban was announced), Al Bakar added that they wanted to find a “true” solution.
“Whilst other airlines have relied on their existing on board offering to comfort passengers we have not rested until we could offer a true solution to our passengers. Our constant innovation and ability to react to changes in the industry is something I am very proud of. The launch of Qsuite, our new business class product just this month, and other announcements soon to come, are testament to our ongoing passion for providing the absolute best for our customers,” he said.
And that’s not the only thing they’re doing. All passengers on US-bound flights will get one hour of free Wifi, and a special WiFi package of $5 in order to stay connected for the whole flight.