SHANGHAI, China – Qatar Airways has been honoured for the third year in a row as Best Middle East Airline Serving China at the 2014 Business Traveller China Awards. This accolade comes barely a month after Qatar Airways was voted “Best Middle East Airline,” for the fifth consecutive year, at the 2014 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards.
The Business Traveller China Awards are acknowledged as the airline industry’s benchmark for excellence in China. The award ceremony, which was held in Shanghai, was attended by key individuals from the aviation, travel and trade industries.
The awards are based on votes by readers of Business Traveller magazine with the results authenticated by an independent auditing company and are widely recognised as the market's benchmark for excellence. Readers base their voting on the strength of the airline’s customer service, its route network and services.
“On behalf of Qatar Airways, I would like to extend my gratitude to our most valued passengers who have travelled with us and voted for us,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “We are constantly looking to redefine air travel, and provide unforgettable flight experiences through our five-star service. We are honoured to retain our crown as “Best Middle East Airline Serving China” for the third year, and are delighted to hear that our dedicated services to China continue to be appreciated.”
Qatar Airways began operations to China in 2003 with the launch of non-stop flights to Shanghai, with the airline further expanding its portfolio over the following decade with the addition of Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Chongqing, Chengdu and Hangzhou.
The year 2014 has been remarkable for Qatar Airways. In May, the airline moved to its new home base at the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, which includes the 10,000 square foot Al Mourjan Business Lounge, a 100-room airside hotel, more than 70 retail outlets and 30 cafés and restaurants. It also welcomed its first Airbus A380 and launched 11 new routes to its network, including Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia and Edinburgh.
Qatar Airways also took home three honours at the annual Skytrax 2014 World Airline Awards held during the Farnborough Air Show in the UK. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class for the second year consecutively, World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge for the second time consecutively and, Best Airline in the Middle East for the eighth time.
The airline was also named Best Business Class Airline for the second year in a row at the recently held high profile Business Traveller Awards 2014 (UK Edition), held in London.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 141 aircraft to 145 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
Notes to Editors:
Qatar Airways celebrated its one year anniversary, in October 2014, of joining the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2014 by Skytrax for the second year running this year.
Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its passengers to benefit from almost 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
At the Farnborough Air Show, the airline placed an order for 100 Boeing 777X aircraft, taking Qatar Airways’ orders to more than 340 aircraft with a value of US $70 billion.
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