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DOHA, Qatar – International business travellers have once again chosen Qatar Airways as the Middle East Airline of the Year applauding the airline’s global network, modern aircraft, and luxurious Business Class service for providing them with an exceptional travel experience.

The accolade, presented at the 10th annual Aviation Business Awards held in Dubai, encapsulates passengers’ pleasure in flying with Qatar Airways and further reinforces the airline’s leading position in the Middle East. Travellers commended the airline’s growing network and continued performance in flying them to more than 150 places across the world.

Passengers celebrated the airline’s Business Class service and new Qatar Airways Premium Lounge for providing them with a consistent and exceptional experience every time they fly.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are honoured to be recognised as Middle East Airline of the Year at the 2016 Aviation Business Awards. This award demonstrates our unwavering commitment to delivering an exceptional product and service to provide our customers with the very best travel experience.

“From our outstanding new Premium Lounge in Dubai and Al Mourjan Business Lounge at our hub at Doha’s Hamad International Airport, to our award-winning cabin crew and the World’s Best Business Class, we are determined to continue providing the sophisticated and luxurious experience that our customers demand to remain the first choice for travellers in the Gulf region. I would like to extend my gratitude to our staff for their continued dedication to providing the very best travel experiences for our customers.”

This award is the latest traveller accolade praising Qatar Airways’ premium products and services. Whether travelling for business or leisure, Qatar Airways Business Class passengers can take advantage of a dedicated check-in facility at its state-of-the-art hub at Hamad International Airport, Doha. With fast access to the airline’s Business Class Lounge, Al Mourjan, passengers can enjoy an array of dining options inspired by celebrity chefs, a fully equipped business centre or a relaxing spa treatment. 

Qatar Airways travellers can keep on the move with convenient transit times and one of the industry’s best on-time-performance scores, while on-board Wi-Fi ensures business continuity or keeping in touch with family and friends.

Qatar Airways operates one of the world’s youngest fleets, with an average fleet age of five years. As part of its commitment to providing the very best travel experiences, the airline was the global launch customer for the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world, the Airbus A350, while also being the Middle East launch customer for the ultra-modern Boeing Dreamliner. Qatar Airways recently announced a landmark commitment with Boeing for up to 100 aircraft as part of its fleet expansion and renewal programme, taking the airline into the next decade and beyond.

The carrier is one of the fastest growing airlines in the history of aviation and 2016 has seen Qatar Airways launch routes to Adelaide (Australia), Atlanta (USA), Birmingham (UK), Boston (USA), Helsinki (Finland), Los Angeles (USA), Marrakech (Morocco), Pisa (Italy), Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), Sydney (Australia), Windhoek (Namibia) and Yerevan (Armenia). Over the next few months, the network will grow further with Krabi (Thailand) and Seychelles.

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About Qatar Airways:

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 190 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ inflight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways is one of the world’s leaders in sponsoring global sporting events, including the strategic team sponsorships of FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC. Qatar Airways’ strategy reflects the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 190 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 11 Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747 freighters.

For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 4022 2200, Fax: +974 40225350
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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