Bangkok, THAILAND – Qatar Airways has claimed yet another major international award, this time retaining its Best Middle Eastern Airline title as voted by readers of Asia Pacific TTG, an honour that the Doha-based carrier has held now for four consecutive years.
Readers of TTG Publishing trade magazines TTG Asia, TTG China, TTGmice and TTG-BTmice China placed Qatar Airways top in its annual polls conducted to determine which travel companies in the region have excelled in showing “strong commitment towards travel excellence”.
The win comes after Qatar Airways was named Airline Of The Year 2009, TTG Asia’s sister publication’s annual Travel Awards held in London last month.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker was delighted by the TTG Asia Award, and said that the airline again showed its prowess in the highly competitive service-led Asia Pacific region.
“The airline continues to collect awards on the back of its dedication to providing customers with the highest levels of service. We are proud that our commitment to demonstrating these exceptional standards has again been recognised by our peers in the industry and of course by our valuable customers,” said Al Baker.
“The TTG Asia Award is further evidence of Qatar Airways’ success in offering innovative products and services, and that the quality of these services is resonating with our passengers.
“To win this award for the fourth year in a row in such a competitive market speaks volumes about Qatar Airways’ desire to remain at the forefront of the aviation industry.”
Qatar Airways was presented with the award at the 20th TTG Asia Travel Awards ceremony held at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World in Bangkok. Representing the airline at the awards ceremony, Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Marwan Koleilat said the consistency of Qatar Airways’ award-winning 5-Star service was a key factor in the airline receiving continued recognition.
“The award feels sweeter this year than in previous years as Qatar Airways continues to set higher standards for itself. That we have exceeded the airline’s own high expectations is most satisfying and we continue to push ourselves as a company to providing even greater levels of service,” said Koleilat.
Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 69 aircraft to 82 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America. The carrier has outstanding orders for more than 220 aircraft worth over US$40 billion.
|Over the next few months, Qatar Airways will expand its global operations with the launch of 6 new routes – Amritsar (October 11) and Goa (October 25) in India; Melbourne (December 6) followed soon after by Sydney marking the airline’s entry into the Australian market subject to government approval; and two other cities in Europe|
About Qatar Airways:
Qatar Airways continued its impressive run of awards and recognition, having earlier been ranked fourth Best Airline in the World at the annual Skytrax Awards held in April this year, where the airline also won plaudits for its Cabin Crew and Economy Class service.
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. 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. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of more than 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 24 Airbus A320 Family aircraft, 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 is scheduled to open. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
About the TTG Asia Travel Awards:
The much-coveted annual TTG Asia Travel Awards has been recognising the luminaries of the travel industry since 1989, growing from a humble 10 prizes to its current 69 awards spanning across four categories. The TTG Travel Awards serves as a benchmark for high standards across the industry and also as a trajectory for the travel industry’s advancements.
Winners for the Travel Agent Awards and Travel Supplier Awards category are determined by votes cast by TTG readers across Asia Pacific.
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