Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Qatar Airways has retained the top accolade for its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport after being named Best Middle East Airport Lounge for First and Business Class passengers for the second year running.
Readers of North American-based PAX International magazine, aimed at the passenger services industry, once again gave the Doha-based airline the vote of confidence. The annual awards ceremony was held in Dubai.
Qatar Airways’ win was in one of four categories. The airline’s US$100 million Premium Terminal, which opened in 2006, is a dedicated facility exclusively for its departing and transiting First and Business Class passengers.
Features range from concierge welcome, seated check-in, dedicated duty-free shopping, fine dining, boardroom, business centre, nursery, play area, spa facilities including massage treatment rooms, sauna and Jacuzzi.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the latest award was testimony to consistency in delivering high standards and high service levels.
“Operating in a service-led region of the world, Qatar Airways has established itself as an airline of choice,” said Al Baker.
“We continue to set ourselves higher standards and believe delivering quality passenger service is as important on the ground as in the air and we are extremely delighted to have been recognised yet again for our unique service at our Premium Terminal.”
Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 91 aircraft to 95 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North and South America. The carrier embarks on a further expansion drive beginning this week with new routes being added to its global network.
These are, Nice which launched on November 24, Budapest and Bucharest both from January 17, Brussels effective January 31, Stuttgart from March 6, and the Syrian city of Aleppo joining the airline’s network from April 6.
About Qatar Airways:
Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of more than 120 aircraft by 2013. The airline 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 PAX International:
PAX International is an international trade publication that covers the travel catering industry. Its frequent newsletters also cover cabin service and in-flight entertainment facilities for airlines, cruise lines and railway companies.
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