Muscat, OMAN - Qatar Airways is celebrating further success on the international circuit picking up an award for Best Stand on the final day of the three-day Oman Travel Market, held in Muscat.
The event, organised by Oman's Ministry of Tourism, featured exhibitors from more than 35 countries, all promoting tourism, trade and investment opportunities in the Sultanate.
Qatar Airways Regional Manager for the Arabian Peninsula Ali Abdul Khaliq Ibrahim, praised organisers for putting on a great show that helped highlight the tourism industry in Oman, rest of the Middle East and, indeed, around the world.
The airline has won a host of accolades in recent weeks, including its Cabin Crew being named Best in the Middle East at the Business Traveller Awards, and for the second year running being voted Best Airline In The Middle East at the annual Middle East and North Africa Awards.
Qatar Airways Privilege Club has also been honoured in the United States, picking up an unprecedented eight Freddie Awards, which recognise frequent flyer programmes of airlines and other travel industry suppliers.
"Oman is a vitally important market for Qatar Airways, which has recently increased the number of flights between Muscat and our Doha hub to twice-daily to reflect the growing traffic between both cities and beyond on our rapidly expanding international network," said Abdul Khaliq.
Dignitaries, members of the media and visitors who flocked to the exhibition, praised Qatar Airways for its exquisite stand, which featured a mock-up of the airline's unique First Class lounge onboard its flagship long-haul aircraft, the Airbus A340.
Qatar Airways' award-winning Five Star hospitality was commended by organisers, describing it as a highlight of the exhibition.
The stand featured an international route map with large billboards promoting the airline's forthcoming flights from Doha to New York and Washington DC, which mark the carrier's first steps into North America.
Qatar Airways launches scheduled flights to New York from June 26 and to Washington DC, beginning July 19, New York's Newark Liberty International Airport, gateway to the US financial capital, will be served four-times-a-week via Geneva. Washington will be served daily non-stop.
Abdul Khaliq presented a model of a Qatar Airways A340 aircraft to His Excellency Engineer Abdullah Bin Abbas Ahmed, President of Muscat Municipality, on the opening day of the event.
The stand also displayed information on Qatar Airways' Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport, the first passenger terminal in the world dedicated to First and Business Class travellers. The US$90 million facility features exclusive check-in, a spa, jacuzzi, fine dining restaurants and even bedrooms to relax and wind.
Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
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