BANGKOK – For the eighth year in a row, Qatar Airways was presented “Best Middle Eastern Airline” at the TTG Asia Travel Awards held in Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, 3rd October.
The Doha-based airline was voted by readers of one of the most respected travel trade magazines in the Asia Pacific, TTG Asia. Readers based their voting on the strength of the airline’s customer service, its route network, services and its marketing and advertising programmes.
Qatar Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer Marwan Koleilat, who accepted the award on behalf of the airline, said that the honour demonstrated the airline’s continued popularity amongst passengers.
“Qatar Airways continues to consolidate its position as one of the world’s leading airlines by winning several awards year on year,” said Koleilat. “Winning the Best Middle Eastern Airline award reiterates the airline’s commitment to create superior travel experiences for its passengers and to offer them the best service levels.”
Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Marwan Koleilat (centre) accepts the award for Best Middle Eastern Airline at the TTG Asia Awards 2013 held in Bangkok. With him are Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (left) and Michael Chow, Group Publisher of TTG Travel Trade Publishing.
“We are very proud of this recognition from our esteemed customers who are true advocates of our product,” added Koleilat. “Asia Pacific is one of the most significant regions for Qatar Airways and we will continue to focus on delivering excellent customer service while, of course, expanding our operations in this region.”
New routes launched by Qatar Airways in the Asia Pacific region this year are Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, and Chengdu in Western China. The airline has been operating daily flights to Phnom Penh International Airport since February this year and three-flights-a-week to Chengdu since 3rd September. Another significant addition is daily flights-a-week to Clark Airport in the Philippines which will be launched on 27th October.
While launching new routes, the airline is also simultaneously increasing frequencies to its existing network in Asia Pacific. Yangon, which was re-launched last October with three flights a week, will be upgraded to a daily non-stop service from 27th October. Another popular route, Jakarta, recently saw an increase in capacity from 11 to 14 flights a week, resulting in double-daily flights to the Indonesian capital city.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 132 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.
In 2013, Qatar Airways has launched nine destinations to date – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq), Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), Chengdu (China), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), and most recently Ta’if (Saudi Arabia).
Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Clark Manila International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014).
Notes to Editors:
Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France in June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East. The airline has also been named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row, and its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport named Best Premium Service Airport for the third consecutive year in 2013. Qatar Airways has also twice been the recipient of the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry.
Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 family of aircraft. On 30 October 2013, Qatar Airways will join the oneworld global alliance. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com.