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This year, Qatar Airways is welcoming the ‘Holiday Season’ onboard its planes and in its airport lounges, but don’t mention Christmas.
Passengers on Qatar Airways are urged to “enjoy the warmth of the (unspecified) season” with a Turkey supper, a holiday-themed mocktail, and a decadent “festive pudding” between December 19 and 26.
Holiday happiness will be available on flights to Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as Lebanon and select African and Asian countries — in other words, everywhere where Christmas is popularly observed. But don’t bring up the subject of Christmas.
Qatar Airways will use seasonal décor’ in some of its lounges, while holiday-themed headrest covers will be used in plane cabins.
Traditional Christmas tree ornaments are included in the motif, but no Christmas trees will be present.
Surprisingly, regional rival Emirates has abandoned all pretenses around Christmas and has fully embraced the festival.
“As the largest international airline serving customers from all over the world, Emirates takes pride in connecting people and cultures,” the airline announced last week as it unveiled its Christmas menus and themed celebrations.
Emirates cabin employees will be allowed to wear Christmas-themed headbands and Santa hats on Christmas Day, as they have for the past few years. At Qatar Airways, the celebrations don’t go quite as far.