Local members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington headed to the airport last week for a taste of air travel, and they never had to leave the ground.
Qatar Airways hosted a few dozen children at Dulles International Airport to show off its 335-passenger, Boeing 777 airplane and to encourage the students to enter careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
After the kids were bussed to the airport, Dulles and Qatar Airways staff ushered them through a passenger experience. The children received boarding passes from the ticket counter, went to the respective gate and boarded one of the world’s largest commercial airplane models.
Though the plane never took flight, the kids explored the cockpit, lounged in the flashy business class seats and played video games on the plane’s seat-back entertainment systems. After Qatar Airways staff answered questions, the children had dinner at the gate, and Dulles staff gave the group a behind-the-scenes tour of the airport.