Photo by: GETTY IMAGES (Caption: Sean O’Brien says the Lions were over-trained ahead of the first and third tests against the All Blacks) The Irish flanker said the team was over-trained ahead of the first test, which the All Blacks won 30-15, and the drawn third test.”To be honest, I’d be pretty critical of it because I think we should have won the tour and we probably should have won it comfortably,” O’Brien said in an interview with OffTheBall.com.”There’s the best players in the world on a Lions tour. I know you are playing the best team in the world, but with the quality and strength in depth we had we probably should have won the tour. It wasn’t down to fatigue. It was probably management a bit, in terms of how our weeks went.””The first week, we definitely over-trained on the Thursday and maybe the coaches were panicking a little bit about getting the information into us,” O’Brien said.”On the first week [of the first test], we had a triple [session] day, [the] lads’ legs were heavy on the Thursday and we were playing the All Blacks on Saturday.”We did nearly a similar thing in the last week. So maybe it’s more [from] a coaching point of view, in terms of taking lessons.”O’Brien played in all three tests including the victory in the second test in Wellington.
Geneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineQatar Airways today announced a strategic alliance with fractional jet program provider Flexjet to offer customers access to over 5,000 destinations beyond the Doha-based airline’s four North American gateways.Flexjet is aircraft manufacturer Bombardier’s fractional ownership business, providing access to more than 80 modern executive aircraft. Aircraft available as part of the Flexjet Connect program, are operated by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions.The new agreement, effective today, May 14, enables customers traveling on Qatar Airways’ scheduled flights to and from New York, Washington, Houston and Montreal, to book a private premium jet service in a single transaction to cover over 5,000 airports across the region.The exclusive partnership, managed by the airline’s private jet division Qatar Executive as part of Qatar Airways’ premium product portfolio, will ensure passengers have seamless and hassle-free onward connections in the USA, Canada, as well as parts of Mexico and the tropical islands of the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos**.No matter if the final destination is in California, Florida or British Columbia, Qatar Airways’ customers from across its global network traveling to or from North America via its Doha hub can conveniently connect in the privacy and exclusivity of a private jet to their final destination with Bombardier* Challenger* aircraft operated by Jet Solutions.All Qatar Airways’ customers will receive the same industry-leading customer service provided to Flexjet’s fractional jet owners.Speaking at a press conference at EBACE, Europe’s premier business aviation show, in Geneva today, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the new service was yet another enhanced product offering by Qatar’s national carrier.“We are extremely pleased to be launching this new program and are confident that it is an attractive product offering for individuals and large multi-national companies alike,” said Al Baker.“Today’s customers want flexibility, extensive reach, confidentiality and convenience all from a single source.“This new alliance gives customers from Qatar and the rest of the airline’s international network the ability to book their travel on Qatar Airways’ commercial service and on-demand private jets to their onward destination within North America with a single phone call. Vice versa we look forward to providing the traveling public from North America a premium door-to-door service when heading to the Middle East and beyond.”Flexjet President Fred Reid said: “With a growing focus on the international business market, we have seen an increase in demand for travel to the Middle East and the surrounding regions. Today’s alliance with Qatar Airways – an award-winning airline that shares Flexjet’s passion for high levels of customer service – is an ideal way for us to provide a global aviation solution to our owners. It’s a win-win situation for all.”While Qatar Airways’ customers can obtain guaranteed access to a wide range of top-of-the-range Bombardier business jet aircraft, operated by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions, and access to over 5,000 airports in North America with as little as 24-hours advance notice, Flexjet fractional owners gain premium travel benefits beyond their North American service area, including access to Qatar Executive’s ultra-modern fleet of Bombardier private jets.At Qatar Executive, a dedicated concierge-style customer service team is available for all Flexjet Connect enquiries on 24 hours / 7 days basis to fully address all passengers’ needs and requirements, from flight arrangements to ground transportation and special requests.The Concierge team will arrange the required Qatar Airways’ tickets, as well as the contract, invoice and itinerary of the business aircraft sector, whether it is on aircraft available through the Flexjet Connect programme in North America or Qatar Executive out of the Middle East. Anyone can book this service starting today, May 14. The business jets on offer provide between 8 and 13 passenger seats, which are all available to the individual customer booking the flight.Being part of a well-established award-winning full service global network airline Qatar Airways, Qatar Executive customers can be rest assured to receive the highest standards of service in terms of quality, exclusivity, comfort and confidentiality provided by highly trained and experienced crew.For further information and bookings, the Qatar Executive Concierge service team is available 24/7 on +974 4445 3800 or [email protected] Further details are available at www.qatarexec.com.qa or on www.qatarairways.com.Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 108 aircraft from its Doha hub to 114 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.www.qatarairways.com.qa