Qatar Airways has announced it will loan laptop computers to business class passengers affected by the US electronics ban.
The complimentary laptops will be available to Business Class passengers travelling on all US-bound flights from next week and can be collected after boarding. Customers will be able to download their work on to a USB before stepping on board to pick up where they left-off.
Qatar will also join Emirates in offering a special service allowing all passengers to check their electronics at the gate. Items are then packed, tagged and loaded into the hold and returned to passengers upon arrival in the US.
By supplying laptops Qatar has pulled ahead of its rivals in dealing with the fallout from the ban. Etihad are to provide free wifi & iPads for business & first passengers, while Emirates were first to introduce a laptop handling service.
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’.”