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Qatar Airways Scoops Double Honours At World Travel Awards

London, UNITED KINGDOM – Following on from last year’s success at the World Travel Awards – also known as the travel industry’s ‘Oscars’ – Qatar Airways has scooped two more prestigious accolades.

In a worldwide survey conducted by the World Travel Awards, professionals in the travel and tourism industry voted Qatar Airways as the Middle East’s Leading Business Class Airline for the second year running and having the region’s Leading Airline Lounge.

The Leading Airline Lounge award was in recognition of Qatar Airways’ Premium Terminal – a dedicated facility at Doha International Airport for First and Business Class passengers –which opened less than two years ago.

The airline picked up the awards at a presentation ceremony during World Travel Market – one of the world’s biggest travel exhibitions – held in London. Qatar Airways fought off stiff competition from its regional neighbours to win the illustrious accolades.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker expressed his delight that travel industry peers recognised the airline once again for its premium service on the ground and in the air.

“Winning these two awards just goes to prove that, once again, Qatar Airways is seen by the travel industry as the preferred airline in the Middle East for frequent corporate travellers.”

“Being awarded the title for Middle East’s Leading Business Class Airline for the second year in a row demonstrates consistency in the airline’s superior business class product and quality service over and above its competition.

“The Premium Terminal, dedicated solely to Qatar Airways’ First and Business Class passengers, is a world first offering exceptional facilities ranging from exclusive check-in, duty-free shopping and conference space to spa, Jacuzzi and fine dining restaurants.”

Added Al Baker: “Winning this award for the region’s leading airline lounge reinforces the fact that the terminal is seen as the benchmark not only in the Middle East, but also the world.

“These two awards are recognition that Qatar Airways continues to lead what is a highly competitive aviation industry by offering the most innovative premium services to our valued customers.”

Qatar Airways operates a young and modern fleet of 64 Boeing and Airbus aircraft serving 83 cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America. It currently has outstanding orders for more than 200 aircraft worth over US$30 billion.

About the World Travel Awards: World Travel Awards, established 15 years ago and described by the Wall Street Journal as the 'Oscars' of the global travel industry, encourages greater quality, value and, above all, exceptional customer experience spanning every sector and region worldwide.Winners are decided by votes received from agents and travel professionals in the Middle East and throughout the world.

About Qatar Airways: 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 one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012. At the Farnborough Air Show in July, the airline also ordered six Airbus A321s. Qatar Airways is due to move to the New Doha International Airport in 2011 when the first phase of the new facility is scheduled to open. 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 sixth year running in 2008 and the airline was voted Best in the Middle East for the third year in a row following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com

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

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