HIA to use Audi cars for VIP transfers

Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has welcomed the brand-new fleet of Audi luxury cars that will be consigned to shuttle VIPs. The premium fleet includes the Audi Q7, RS 6 Avant and A8 L.
Hamad International Airport (HIA) has welcomed the brand-new fleet of Audi luxury cars that will be consigned to shuttle VIPs. The premium fleet includes the Audi Q7, RS 6 Avant and A8 L.

The announcement was made at a special handover ceremony, which was attended by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr Akbar Al Baker; Chief Operating Officer of HIA, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer; Audi AG – Vice President of Overseas Sales, Terrence Johnson; and Audi Middle East – Brand Director, Enrico Atanasio.

H.E. Mr Akbar Al Baker, said, “At HIA, we have always been keen on providing our passengers with the ultimate experience of travelling in comfort. Our new partnership with Audi is a testimony of our commitment to providing our esteemed guests with the most exquisite services, through this premium international gateway in Qatar.”

This exciting partnership with HIA underlines Audi Qatar’s commitment to provide world-class automotive comfort to its clients. The stunning fleet has been specially flown in from Ingolstadt – the heart of Audi manufacturing in Germany. Renowned for their precise engineering and sophistication, each model will perfectly complement the airport’s cutting-edge facility and further enhance the travel experience of its premium travellers.

“We are delighted to present our most exclusive models for the luxurious limousine service offered by HIA. Audi Qatar has always served its clients’ expectations by providing impeccable performance and sporty elegance. We are confident that the Audi fleet will stand as a valuable asset to Qatar’s award-winning airport,” said Terrence Johnson, Audi AG – Vice President of Overseas Sales.

Hamad International Airport is an award-winning airport that recently won first place on the list of best airports in Middle East and the tenth among worldwide airports according to the Skytrax website. The awards are based on travellers’ feedback on services provided, reflecting quality, ease of service and superior facilities for passengers. HIA offers Qatar Duty Free, a premium shopping emporium with more than 40,000 square meters of combined retail and dining with more than 70 boutiques and 30 cafés and restaurants. In addition to the passenger terminal, HIA’s airport hotels and its Oryx Lounge provide an atmosphere of comfort and luxury, where travelers can enjoy hospitality. Passengers can also take advantage of the food court, smoking room, a business center, a quiet area for relaxation, Internet services as well as a children’s play room, spa and fitness facilities that include a 25 meter indoor pool, a water treatment basin, Gym and squash courts.

Celebrating 35 years of quattro, the all-new Q7, which will be part of the HIA fleet, is a combination of trend-setting design and precision dynamics. The model’s 45 TFSI engine offers a power output of 333hp, achieving an acceleration 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. The RS 6 Avant, with its impressive exterior, sporty fenders and striking air vents with side flaps. And a V8 engine that triggers a unique roar and features the best in range acceleration speeds, reaching a maximum of 305 km/h.

For passengers seeking even greater space and luxury, the A8L is set to thrill with its increased legroom and elegant upholstery. Exerting a power output of 333 bhp, the model’s TFSI engine demonstrates exceptional handling stability, dynamism and agility even for the shortest of distances.
Audi continuously strives to partner with leading institutions in the country to deliver unparalleled levels of quality, commitment and service excellence.

The Audi Group, with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini, is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the premium segment. It is present in more than 100 markets worldwide and produces at 16 locations in twelve countries. In the second half of 2016, the production of the Audi Q5 will start in San José Chiapa (Mexico). 100 percent subsidiaries of AUDI AG include quattro GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy).

In 2015, the Audi Group delivered to customers approximately 1.8 million automobiles of the Audi brand, 3,245 sports cars of the Lamborghini brand and about 54,800 motorcycles of the Ducati brand. In the 2015 financial year, AUDI AG achieved total revenue of €58.4 billion and an operating profit of €4.8 billion. At present, approximately 85,000 people work for the company all over the world, about 60,000 of them in Germany. Audi focuses on new products and sustainable technologies for the future of mobility.
AUDI AG’s commitment to the region was confirmed through the foundation of its fully owned subsidiary in 2005. The current Middle East model range comprises the Audi A3 & S3 Sedan/Sportback and RS 3 Sportback, A4 and RS 4 Avant, the A5 Coupe, Sportback, Cabriolet and RS 5 Coupe and Cabriolet, the A6, S6, RS 6 performance, A7, S7, RS 7 & RS 7 performance, A8, A8 L, S8 & S8 plus, the Audi Q3, Q5 & SQ5, Q7 and the Audi TT Coupe/Roadster and TTS Coupe, the Audi R8 Coupe as well as the R8 Coupe V10 plus.