Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA – Qatar Airways has received a top safety award from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in recognition of its outstanding achievement in the global organisation’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker was presented the award by Director General and CEO of IATA Giovanni Bisignani, during an awards ceremony at IATA’s annual meeting, held this week in Kuala Lumpur.
The airline CEO said that the award was a timely reminder that Qatar Airways remains at the forefront of international aviation standards, with an impeccable safety record.
“Qatar Airways has always applied best industry practices to maintain the safety standards of its operations. The safety of our customers and passengers is of the utmost importance. It is a true honour to receive this award on behalf of Qatar Airways.
“Today I represent around 15,000 employees and this award is recognition of the hard work and professionalism constantly at work behind the scenes to ensure the highest safety standards are achieved and maintained across our entire operation.
“I applaud IATA for its implementation of a comprehensive set of international safety standards which has set the bar for all airlines globally,” Al Baker said.
The IATA organisation incorporates 230 airlines from 120 countries that operate 93% of the world’s scheduled air traffic. IATA introduced IOSA in 2003, in which member airlines were audited to certify the quality of its safety measures across all aspects of its operations.
Qatar Airways was the first airline in the world to earn the IOSA certification and did so with 100% compliance in an exacting audit of the airline’s operations. The airline passed subsequent audits in 2005 and 2007 again with 100% pass rate.
The IOSA certification must be renewed every two years to remain valid and Qatar Airways is currently undergoing its fourth audit, which will confirm the airline’s operational safety until 2011.
Qatar Airways’ Economy Class has been voted Best in the World in the annual Skytrax passenger survey, in which more than 16 million travellers were polled. Ranked Five Star for service and excellence by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency also voted Qatar Airways’ cabin crew Best in the Middle East for the seventh year running in 2009 and Best Airline in the Middle East for the fourth consecutive year. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
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, by which time the New Doha International Airport would have opened. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
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