Bangkok, THAILAND – Qatar Airways has again topped polls at the 19th Annual TTG Travel Awards. The airline was voted best in the Middle East following an awards ceremony in Bangkok.
Readers of the leading travel trade publication again recognised Qatar Airways as the standout airline in the Middle East, the third year in a row that the Qatar’s national carrier has been honoured.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker was delighted that the airline scooped the award, fending off strong competition in the region.
“Once again, Qatar Airways has shown it is the preferred airline for the travel industry in Asia. This award demonstrates the consistency and dedication that the airline is committed to providing its valuable customers,” Al Baker said.
“We have massive expansion plans for the Far East region. Recognition such as this award will continue to spur the airline on in its development.
“The airline continues to be an industry leader and innovator. We are honoured that this commitment to excellence has been recognised by our peers,” he added.
Since 2007, Qatar Airways has launched several new routes throughout Asia, including Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Guangzhou in China, and Bali in Indonesia. The airline has also increased frequencies on a number of its key Asian routes including, Kuala Lumpur, Manila Osaka and Seoul.
Further expansion in the near future includes the launching of several new destinations and increasing frequencies on existing key routes, Al Baker said.
Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Commercial for the region Marwan Koleilat led an airline delegation at the dinner ceremony held at the prestigious Centara Grand Hotel in Bangkok, receiving the award on behalf of the airline.
“We are very honoured to receive this award as voted by the readers of TTG Asia. A big thank you must go out to all those people involved in making this possible. Qatar Airways would especially like to thank its travel trade partners and industry professionals across Asia for their continued support of the airline,” Koleilat said.
“The airline is proud of its achievements to date and will continue to strive ahead as it fulfils its promise of providing travellers with the highest levels of product and services available in the skies.”
Qatar Airways operates a young and modern fleet of 63 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 TTG Travel Awards: The TTG Travel Awards is of the most reputed and influential awards in the Asian travel industry. The first annual TTG Travel Awards was held in 1989. Since beginning, this celebrated event has grown significantly in terms of participation from the industry as well as the number of awards given out each year. From a mere 10 awards in 1989, the Awards now honours 72 winners across four categories – two voting and two non-voting.
Each year, the awards ceremony and gala dinner is attended by some of the industry’s most renowned personalities, which makes the awards a truly star-studded event. Moreover, attendance to the gala includes other international media who provide coverage and publicity of the event beyond the region.
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 2010. 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
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