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Qatar Airways Premium Cabins Honoured With Awards In Dubai And South Africa

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways’ multi award-winning Premium Class service has received fresh industry recognition in two separate award ceremonies held in the Middle East and South Africa.

The carrier continued its impressive run of awards by being voted Best First Class airline at the Middle East Customer Care Excellence Awards Institute ceremony, held at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. Qatar Airways Executive Vice President Commercial Ali Al Rais received the award on behalf of the airline.

Created by the Middle East Excellence Awards Institute, the accolades honour those businesses in the region that have excelled in providing top quality customer service.

In Johannesburg, Qatar Airways was named Best Business Airline at the inaugural Africa Investor’s “Tourism Investor Awards”. The award recognised Qatar Airways’ superior quality service over and above its competition, as well as its contribution to the development of tourism on the African continent.

The awards ceremony, held at the Park Hyatt Regency Hotel, saw the Doha-based carrier fight off stiff competition from five other leading airlines to receive the honour in front of 300 leading tourism investors, developers, tourism experts and industry peers.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the honours clearly acknowledged that the airline had successfully won over corporate travellers by offering the highest levels of service.

“These two awards are recognition that Qatar Airways continues to lead the industry by offering the most innovative services to our valued customers,” he said.

“We pledge to continue providing our high levels of service to our demanding customers ensuring we remain a cut above the rest. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional quality as it demonstrates our commitment to customer care.”

Al Baker cited the recently-opened Premium Sales Office in Doha as further proof of Qatar Airways’ commitment to providing customers with a dedicated service.

The Premium Sales Office is a sales, reservations and ticketing centre solely for Qatar Airways’ First and Business Class passengers and is seen as a natural extension of the airline’s exclusive Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport. Both facilities offer a concierge service similar to what one would expect in a five-star hotel. With these amenities, Qatar Airways aims to make air travel as smooth and hassle-free as possible for it passengers in an increasingly competitive industry.

About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 62 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to 81 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Far East and North America.

The airline is one of an elite group of carriers with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry research company. 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. During the current 2007/08 financial year, Qatar Airways expects to carry more than 10 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com

Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. During 2007, Qatar Airways ordered 80 Airbus A350s, together with 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s. The airline has ordered five of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ 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

About the Middle East Excellence Awards
The Middle East Excellence Awards Institute was conceived by Datamatix to recognise and promote leadership and entrepreneurship within the region. Into its 16th year, the institute has consistently emphasised the nurturing and development of regional leadership and talent in different sectors of industry to create a resource base, which can effectively contribute and support Middle East expansion initiatives.

The Institute was established to honour those individuals and organisations which have driven development in the region. It recognises the commitment, courage and capable leadership, which has made a difference to the region's economy and society.

About The Tourism Investor Awards
The Tourism Investor Awards is an initiative designed by Africa Investor to recognise the achievement of those businesses, governments, organisations and individuals who have

made an outstanding contribution to the growth of sustainable tourism and investment in Africa.

This year’s awards were judged by an illustrious panel which included Geoffrey Lipman, Special Advisor To The Secretary-General On Trade in Tourism Services, UNWTO; H.E. Donald Duke, Former Governor Cross Rivers State, Nigeria; Trevor Ward, W Hospitality Group; Kate Rivett-Carnac, Director of Tourism, The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa; Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong NEPAD, Tourism and Environment Advisor and Irene Visser, International Finance Corporation (IFC).

For further information

Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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