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DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Al Baker, was presented with the Airline of the Year award at the recent CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence, receiving the honour in person from CAPA Executive Chairman Peter Harbison during a gala dinner at the Okura Hotel Amsterdam.

The airline’s ambition, significant strategic growth and industry-wide contribution were commended as part of the accolade, which was awarded for Qatar Airways’ continued delivery of innovative products and services and for its outstanding success for developing strong global airline alliances.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said “I am delighted to collect the award for Airline of the Year on behalf of Qatar Airways. This is testament to the work and dedication of all those who work for Qatar Airways to pursue our common goal of delivering excellent service and hospitality.”

H.E. Mr. Al Baker also provided a key note speech during the CAPA 2016 Global Summit conference and participated in a high level panel discussion to a crowd of more than 200 airline industry representatives. Noting the airline will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, H.E. Mr. Al Baker said: “Our discipline and our compassion have driven the success of Qatar Airways over the first 20 years, from an airline with just four aircraft to a leading airline of today, with a fleet of over 190 aircraft – all of the youngest and most technologically advanced and efficient aircraft in the world. We are now discussing the comprehensive E.U. air services agreement, fully committed to the values expressed in the early discussions, to uphold fair competition, to reduce our industry’s impact on the environment, and to serve the needs of our customers, wherever they live and wherever they are going.”

Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines in aviation history with a network of over 150 exciting destinations. In 2016 travellers continued to see Qatar Airways expand its global reach, with services launched 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). Services to Krabi (Thailand) and Seychelles will follow later in the year.

During 2016 Qatar Airways has strengthened its global alliances by further extending its relationship with International Airlines Group (IAG), announcing a joint business agreement effective 30 October 2016 and increasing its shareholding in IAG to 20 per cent. Qatar Airways and British Airways also announced an extension of their codeshare arrangements to enhance both networks across Europe. The airline also signed an agreement to invest in LATAM, a leading airline in Latin America and also a oneworld partner.

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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 191 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 191 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 11 Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747 freighters.

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