It wasn’t your normal Tuesday evening for Samuel Levi.
He was one of four people to win a trip for two to anywhere on the Qatar network at the airline’s launch at Auckland Museum.
Levi said he will take a close friend with him on his business class return trip, and has narrowed down his final destination to either New York or Paris.
He’s no stranger to travel, and is a bit of a travel addict himself, but says work usually gets in the way.
When he does decide where he’s going, he will experience what has become the world’s longest commercial flight.
The flight takes 17 hours and 30 minutes and covers a distance of 14,535 kilometres. But he won’t have to worry, check out the business class cabin:
Qatar is very proud of its business class product. They won the category of world’s Best Business Class in the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards.
Their website sells it like this:
“In your private nest, you will relax in an ultra-spacious cabin, enjoying up to 3,000 in-flight entertainment options, delicious dine-on-demand cuisine, and our legendary hospitality.”
The launch also featured a performance by Grammy award winner, Kimbra.
Scott Tasker, Auckland Airport’s acting general manager – aeronautical commercial, welcomed the arrival of Qatar to New Zealand and says it’s a further sign of how Auckland Airport’s investment in its future is attracting more business.
“They are an award-winning airline which offers travelers access to more than 150 destinations worldwide, high quality in-flight service, and the opportunity for a stopover in Qatar.”
“The major upgrade of our international departure area is well underway, as is the expansion of Pier B of the international terminal which will add two more gates that can each accommodate an A380 or two smaller aircraft. We are also progressing the design of the new domestic section of our combined domestic and international terminal, and undertaking further improvements to our roads and public transport infrastructure.“