Qatar Airways has made a deal with PressReader that will give its passengers unlimited access to more than 6,000 digital magazine and newspaper titles via the airline’s Oryx One inflight entertainment app.
Passengers can access the publications by downloading the Oryx One app to their personal electronic devices (PEDs), typing their Booking Reference Number (PNR) into the app’s ‘Newsstand’ and selecting the titles they wish to save. The service will be available up to three days before and seven days after scheduled flights, and the downloaded content will stay in a user’s digital library for as long as they have the app installed. Users do not need to leave Oryx One or download any additional apps to access the content.
The airline says that by offering the titles in a digital format, the reduction could save over 1,000 tonnes of newspaper and magazine waste each year (a combined figure for on the ground and on board aircraft), as well as some modest fuel savings.
Qatar Airways’ group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, stated, “Our partnership with PressReader not only offers a Covid-safe, contactless entertainment option to further enhance our passenger’s on-board experience, it also supports our commitment to environmental sustainability, which continues to be a key focus for the airline.”