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Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Qatar Airways is celebrating yet more award-winning success picking up further accolades at the glittering World Travel Awards in Dubai last night in recognition of the airline’s outstanding levels of service.
Known as the travel industry’s Oscars, the World Travel Awards saluted Qatar Airways as Best Business Class Airline in the Middle East for the fourth consecutive year and being named for having the region’s Best Cabin Crew.
More than 400 leading figures from across the regional and global travel industry attended the event, held at the Monarch Hotel. Qatar Airways Executive Vice-President Commercial Ali Al Rais collected the awards on behalf of the airline.
The awards coincided with Arabian Travel Market – the Middle East’s premier travel trade exhibition – taking place in Dubai this week.
On Monday night in Dubai, Qatar Airways celebrated winning the Best Economy Class in the Middle East Award as voted by readers of Business Traveller Middle East magazine.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the latest accolades demonstrated the airline’s commitment to delivering the best levels of service and that the company was building on its highly successful business model as a full-service global network airline.
“Yet again, Qatar Airways has proven it has made a tremendous mark in the regional and global aviation industry in the short few years the airline has been operating,” he said.
“Winning the Best Business Airline in the Middle East for the fourth year running is great news. We are extremely proud of our Business Class on regional and international routes, offering the most innovative premium services to our valued customers, over and above the competition.”
Added Al Baker: “Honouring our cabin crew shows Qatar Airways places great emphasis on service and excellence in everything we do. With more than 90 nationalities, we have cabin crew drawn from different cultures and backgrounds, which makes our airline truly international to serve the needs of passengers from around the world. All credit to our employees across the airline for full dedication to their job.”
Qatar Airways won the honours from peers across the region’s travel and tourism industry who were polled for their votes.
Last December, Qatar Airways scooped the award for the World’s Leading Business Class at the World Travel Awards grand finale ceremony in the Caribbean.
Hailed as the world’s largest and most important international awards for the travel industry, the World Travel Awards aim to encourage supreme excellence, value, innovation and quality in every aspect of the customer experience.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 68 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to 84 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America. The airline currently has outstanding orders for more than 200 aircraft worth over US$40 billion.
Ranked Five Star for service and excellence by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency, Qatar Airways’ cabin crew have been voted Best in the Middle East for the seventh year running in 2009 and Best Airline in the Middle East for the fourth consecutive year by the same organisation. 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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