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Qatar Airways presents its most luxurious private plane: the Gulfstream G700 costs almost 70 million euros and can fly non-stop to almost any corner of the planet

Qatar Airways presents its most luxurious private plane: the Gulfstream G700 costs almost 70 million euros and can fly non-stop to almost any corner of the planet

Qatar Airways is considered one of the most luxurious airlines in the world, with class suites business award-winning and even bars on board.

But, unknown to many travelers, the Doha-based airline also has a private branch known as Qatar Executive. This high-end subsidiary targets the airline’s most select travelersspecifically those who are willing to pay up to 6 figures for a flight.

The company, which is 100% owned by Qatar, was created in 2009 and has since amassed a fleet of multi-billion dollar corporate jets, including the Gulfstream G650ER, Bombardier 5000, Airbus ACJ319 and, most recently, the Gulfstream G700.

Qatar Airways is the international launch customer for the G700, valued at 75 million dollars (68.4 million euros), and presented the first of 10 aircraft ordered at the Paris Air Show in June.

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Business Insider visited the new G700 to see what its customers can expect on board.

Powered by 2 Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, the company’s new G700 sports the familiar Qatar Executive livery and is complete with a fully customizable interior.

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Living spaces include a club area, office or meeting space, dining room, theater, and bedroom.

Its flexibility is total: the G700 can fly up to 13,890 kilometers non-stop, making it one of the private jets with the longest range in the industry.

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Qatar Airways claims its new business jet can operate “ultra-long-range flights between almost all commercial cities,” including Doha to New York in 13.5 hours and Doha to Seoul in less than 8 hours.

Stepping into the G700, you can immediately see the Qatar Airways branding reflected in the design.

A purple flower sitting on the side table next to the TV in the theater room.
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The colors and tones seemed elegant and very pleasing to the eye.

The first passenger section on board is dedicated to entertainment and features a sofa and a flat screen TV.

The gray couch in the theater room.
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I also liked the decorative touches, like the flowers and the blue and gold rug.

An interesting detail: you can see live what is happening around the plane through a camera located in the tail.

The TV with the camera display of the airshow.
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This area of ​​the aircraft also has a curtain that can separate it from the rest of the jet, offering more privacy.

Behind the entertainment area is the club room, with 4 large armchairs, each with adjustable headrests and good recline.

The beige recliner.
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The footrest can also be opened for more comfort.

Between each set of 2 seats you can fold out a table large enough to hold a laptop, food or a board game.

The storage compartment for the tray table.
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The tray is easy to unfold and store.

Other perks, like charging ports and cup holders, are located next to each seat.

The cup holders and the charging port under sliding compartments.
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There are also televisions throughout the cabin informing guests of the flight plan.

A little further on, passengers can find the dining room, where food is served by the onboard staff.

The dining room viewed from the doorway to the bedroom.
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Also note the large “panoramic” windows, which Gulfstream claims are the largest in the business aviation world.

On one side of the space there is a table for 4…

The four-person side of the dining room.
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These seats can also be converted into a bed.

… while on the other side there is a table for 2, so up to 6 people can sit at the same time in the dining room.

The two-person side of the dining room with purple flowers on the table.
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Unlike the club space, there is already a table located between the pair of loungers in the dining room.

At the far end is the bedroom, complete with a double bed and another set of reclining chairs.

The bedroom with pajamas on the bed and a beige lounger.
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Clients, of course, will have pajamas at their disposal to change into.

A sliding door closes the room to offer maximum privacy.

The door between the bedroom and the dining room.

Thanks to the sliding door and the curtain, you can create 5 living areas and 3 different rooms.

Next to the bedroom there is a toilet with a sink, storage space, towels, a mirror and a toilet.

The lavatory with the toilet seat down to create a regular seat.
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The leather-lined commode doubles as a seat.

In addition to the living spaces, there are also some places on board that are not for passengers, such as the cargo hold.

The aft cargo hold with straps for securing items.
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This room is accessed from the bathroom and it can fit suitcases and large objects.

On the other side, the front of the plane houses the crew rest area. This space is optional, and those who prefer not to have it can offer 5 more spaces on board.

The crew rest area compartment.
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Since the Qatar G700 has a crew rest area, it only has 4 living spaces: the club/meeting room, the dining room, the entertainment area and the bedroom. The fifth option is another meeting space or lounge.

Also not part of the passenger area is the “oversized” galley, which is where flight attendants prepare meals, snacks and beverages.

The galley with the counter empty and cupboards closed.
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The cabinets and drawers aren’t huge, but can fit soft drinks, chips, candy, protein bars, and other small snacks.

The space is completed with plenty of storage nooks, as well as glasses, an oven, and a refrigerator.

The oven in the galley.
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There is enough space to accommodate the small number of people who would fly the G700 at any given time.

Considering all the luxuries on board, Qatar Airways is targeting its wealthiest customers, who have the means to fly private rather than opt for the Q Suite.

Qatar Airways Q Suite
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People who can afford to fly privately do so for convenience. Typically, these charter flights do not require security screening, and customers can fly on their own schedule, not one predetermined by the airline.

However, only a handful of people will be able to afford this luxury. A one-way flight from New York to London in the Gulfstream 500 —smaller than this model— can cost up to $160,000 (146,000 euros), according to a report Business Insider.

The cockpit of the G700.
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The G700 can fly much further than the G500, which is no longer in the company’s fleet, according to its website.

Despite its high price, the market is still there. Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker expressed his confidence in the aircraft and the future of business travel, describing the G700’s advanced features as a “game changer.”

Akbar Al Baker with Gulfstream executive in front of the G700.
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“The G700 represents the pinnacle of business jet travel and will provide Qatar Executive customers with an experience second to none,” he said.



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