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DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways has been named Best Full Service Airline in Western Asia for the second year in a row at the Future Travel Experience (FTE) Asia Awards 2016 at a ceremony held in Singapore on 25 October.

Qatar Airways received the significant accolade in recognition of its outstanding in-flight experience and dedication to premium customer service. Now in its eleventh year of operation, the FTE Asia Awards celebrate the leading airlines in the region and the winners are selected by a panel of industry experts and an extensive consultation process.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, Mr. Rossen Dimitrov, said: “It is an honour to have been named Best Full Service Airline in Western Asia for the second year in a row by the FTE’s panel of industry experts. Asia is an incredibly important market for Qatar Airways and this award underlines our strong commitment to the region. We are proud to provide the very best passenger experience across all cabins as we go places together with our consumers. I’d like to thank the excellent cabin crew for this distinguished award and for confirming Qatar Airways as the leading carrier in Western Asia.”

The accolade follows a string of other awards for Qatar Airways in 2016, including having recently been voted by travellers as Middle Eastern Airline of the Year at the Aviation Business Awards, along with being voted Best Middle Eastern Airline and Best Business Class at the Business Traveller Awards in London. Qatar Airways was also named World’s Best Business Class at the prestigious Skytrax Airline Awards 2016.

Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines in aviation history, operating one of the youngest fleets with an average age of five years. Whether travelling for business or leisure, passengers can choose from up to 3,000 entertainment options on Qatar Airways’ award winning in-flight entertainment platform, Oryx One. Enjoying an international menu inspired by a suite of celebrity chefs, passengers can also experience Qatar Airways’ famous Arabian hospitality from its award-winning Cabin Crew.

With a rapidly growing network of more than 150 destinations across six continents, Qatar Airways connects passengers globally through its state-of-the-art hub at Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha. A destination within itself, HIA was voted World’s Best Airport by the 2016 Skytrax awards, less than two years after opening. The airport is home to a bespoke luxury shopping experience, spa services, squash courts and even its own hotel. With a minimum connection time of 30 minutes, passengers have access to Qatar Airways’ 500 flights that arrive and depart HIA every day.

The FTE Asia Awards form part of the FTE Asia Expo 2016 and provide a platform for the industry’s most innovative solution providers across Asia-Pacific to showcase their latest products and ideas designed to help airlines improve the end-to-end customer experiences, reduce costs, increase revenues and enhance operational efficiency.

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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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