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QATAR AIRWAYS WINS WORLD’S BEST BUSINESS CLASS AT 2016 SKYTRAX WORLD AIRLINE AWARDS

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom – Qatar Airways proudly accepted three separate accolades at the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards held today at the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom. Air travellers chose Qatar Airways as the World's Best Business Class in the 2016 World Airline Awards, also voting the airline top for Best Business Class Airline Lounge and the Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East. The consumer-voted awards recognised the airline for its commitment to offering passengers an unrivalled travelling experience.


Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “It is a very proud moment for Qatar Airways to be named World's Best Business Class, Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East by the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards, not only for myself, but for every individual at Qatar Airways who creates the passengers’ experience – from our on-board cabin crew to the chefs overseeing our catering, to the technicians who ensure the cabin is in perfect working order. Our commitment to continued success is unwavering and a testament to the dedication of our global teams. The airline’s renowned service, modern aircraft and luxurious cabins, combined with an expanding global network, continue to set Qatar Airways apart from the competition.”


The Skytrax World Airline Awards are widely known as the Passengers Choice Awards with millions of travellers, from 160 different countries, participating in passenger satisfaction surveys to decide the winners each year.


Commenting on the awards, Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax said: "Qatar Airways remains a favourite amongst air travellers year-on-year and achieved strong results across many of the 2016 awards categories, ranking No. 2 in the world. The top prize for World's Best Business Class is notable as this is amongst the most competitive in the customer survey. Airlines globally continue to develop and introduce new product and service concepts in Business Class and it takes a great deal of hard work to stay ahead in this market. The recognition of the Al Mourjan lounge as the world's best is another great achievement for Qatar Airways."


Over the last year Qatar Airways announced an unprecedented expansion of its network with 13 new destinations launching in 2016 including Adelaide, Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Chiang Mai, Seychelles and Sydney.


The airline continues to grow in 2017, and will commence services to further new destinations including Auckland, which will be the world’s longest flight, Lusaka, Skopje and Nice.


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. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 186 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.


For Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/albums/72157670967839685


Notes to Editors


About Qatar Airways:


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. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 188 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.


A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.


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.


Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ inflight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.


Qatar Airways is one of the world’s leaders in sponsoring global sporting events, including the strategic team sponsorships of FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC. Qatar Airways’ strategy reflects the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.


Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 188 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 10 Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747 freighters.


For further information contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 4022 2200, Fax: +974 40225350
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.
For Qatar Airways corporate images, please click here: http://www.qatarairways.com/corporateimages


About World Airline Awards:


The World Airline Awards are managed by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax Research of London, UK.  The transparency and global coverage of the survey distinguish these awards as the most prestigious and respected quality recognition for today's world airline industry. 


The awards are based on the results of the World Airline Survey, which operating since 1999 is held in high esteem for its clarity of process and rigorously applied rules of independence. The customer survey operated from August 2015 until May 2016, with a total of 19.2 million eligible customer surveys being completed.


More than 104 different nationalities participated in the survey, covering over 280 airlines, from the largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers. The surveys measure Quality standards across 41 key performance indicators of front-line product and service. 


Customer satisfaction levels for the passenger experience are rated, across Airport and Onboard environments - check-in to boarding, arrivals & transfer, lounges, seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food and beverages, IFE, staff service and associated air travel features.


For further information:


Peter Miller,
Skytrax  
T:  + 44 207 016 2197
E:   Peter.Miller@skytrax.uk


 


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