Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways is celebrating double success in Asia with two key magazine awards marking its achievements in the region.
The Doha-based airline retained the Best Middle Eastern Airline title for the fifth year running at the annual TTG Asia Pacific awards held in Bangkok.
And the carrier picked up the Best Middle East Airline accolade for the second consecutive year at the 2010 Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards at a ceremony in Hong Kong.
Both awards are in recognition of Qatar Airways’ strong commitment towards travel excellence as voted by readers of TTG Asia – a prestigious weekly travel trade magazine published across Asia – and the monthly Business Traveller Asia Pacific, which also has sister titles worldwide aimed at frequent fliers.
Qatar Airways is the only Middle East carrier in an elite club of Five Star-ranked airlines recognising the best in service excellence by industry audit, Skytrax.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the latest awards yet again demonstrated the airline was delivering high standards and high service levels with consistency.
“Operating in a highly competitive market and service-led region of the world, Qatar Airways has really set itself as an airline of choice,” said Al Baker.
“The awards are further evidence of Qatar Airways’ success in offering innovative products and services to our passengers,” he said, adding, “we are proud that the exceptional standards we set have been recognised by our valuable customers, as well as the travel industry.
“To win the TTG award for the fifth consecutive year and the Business Traveller Asia Pacific award for the second year running in such a competitive market speaks volumes about Qatar Airways’ desire to remain at the forefront of the aviation industry.”
Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Commercial Operations East Asia and South West Pacific Marwan Koleilat, who picked up the awards on behalf of the airline, added: “Qatar Airways continues to set high benchmarks to remain competitive. Across Asia Pacific, we have made significant inroads with our flights and increased capacity that provide us with extensive reach in one of the world’s most important vibrant regions.”
Almost 20 per cent of Qatar Airways’ global network is in Asia Pacific with 17 destinations currently served in the Far East, South East Asia and Australia. The launch of scheduled flights to Tokyo in April marked the first of three new destinations served in the region by Qatar Airways during 2010.
On October 12, the airline launched flights to the Thai holiday island of Phuket and, beginning November 1, introduces the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi to its growing network. Together with frequency increases to Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City, Qatar Airways is stepping up its presence in Vietnam and Thailand.
Over the next few months, Qatar Airways will increase its European portfolio of destinations, offering excellent connections to and from Asia Pacific via Doha. These are Nice beginning November 1, Budapest and Bucharest starting January 11, Brussels effective January 31 and Stuttgart from March 9.
Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 89 aircraft to 93 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North and South America. The carrier has outstanding orders for more than 200 aircraft worth over US$40 billion.
Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of more than 120 aircraft by 2013. 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
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