SINGAPORE – Qatar Airways was named Asia Pacific Airline of the Year at last night’s 2015 CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence held in Singapore.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “To be named CAPA Asia Pacific Airline of the year rounds off a big year of award wins for Qatar Airways. It is truly an honour when our efforts and accomplishments are recognised by our peers for they know what it takes to be an industry leader. We have made great strides in consolidating our leadership in the aviation business this past year, and much of the credit goes to the entire team at Qatar Airways who bring our award-winning product and service to life each and every day.”
Qatar Airways Senior Vice President South East Asia and South West Pacific, Mr. Marwan Koleilat, accepted the award on behalf of the airline in Singapore.
The CAPA Asia Pacific Airline of the Year award was given to the airline that has been the biggest standout strategically during the year, has had the greatest impact on the development of the airline industry, established itself as a leader, and provided a benchmark for others to follow.
Qatar Airways was selected by the judging panel for its remarkably fast expansion and rapid emergence as a global leader.
"Qatar Airways has pursued rapid growth over the last year, launching over 10 new destinations and adding capacity to numerous existing destinations," said CAPA Executive Chairman Mr. Harbison. "Other milestones from 2014 included moving to a new hub airport in Doha, taking delivery of its first A380 and becoming the launch operator of the A350."
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 18 years of operations. In 2014, the Doha-based carrier added 11 new destinations to its global network and was subsequently awarded World’s Best Airline, Best Business Class Airline Seat, and Best Airline in the Middle East at the annual Skytrax 2015 World Airline Awards earlier in June.
Now in its 13th year, CAPA’s Aviation Awards for Excellence are intended to reward airlines and airports that are not only successful but have also provided industry leadership in an always changing environment.
Award candidates were independently researched and short-listed by a team of analysts at CAPA Centre for Aviation and by partners at Heidrick & Struggles. Winners were then selected by an independent and separate panel of judges. For the Asia Pacific Airline of the Year and the Asia Pacific Airline Chief Executive of the Year categories, votes were also solicited and received from 20 high level industry executives. For these categories, a winner was selected by combining the votes from the panel with the votes from the sample of industry executives.
Notes to Editors:
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Qatar Airways won Airline of the Year, Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East at the 2015 Skytrax Awards. This is the third time the airline has won the accolade of Airline of the Year.
Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Qatar Airways recently launched Oryx One, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 2,000. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the five-star airline’s on-board Wifi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 40 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 173 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes six Airbus 330, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.
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