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QATAR AIRWAYS TAKES HOME THREE HONOURS FROM TRAVEL WEEKLY 2016 MAGELLAN AWARDS

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways received three prestigious honours at the 2016 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards held in New York recently. Gold, the highest honour, was awarded to Qatar Airways for its International Business Class experience on the A350 aircraft, and Silver was awarded for its International Economy Class as well as its A350 and Going Places Together brand campaign.


Qatar Airways was the global launch customer of the A350, Airbus’ latest, most technologically advanced aircraft in the world, and currently operates 12 in its fleet of more than 190 aircraft. Qatar Airways was the first to fly the A350 to three continents, and currently operates the aircraft from Doha to Boston, New York, and Philadelphia in the United States.


Qatar Airways’ Business Class has received many accolades and recognition this year, including Best Business Class from Business Traveller Awards, Skytrax’s World’s Best Business Class 2016 and Best Business Class Airline Lounge. The airline will introduce a new Business Class concept in the first quarter of 2017, refreshing an already award-winning product and taking it to the next level.


Similarly, the world’s fastest growing airline is recognised for its comfortable Economy Class experience, which features the Oryx One on-demand entertainment system with up to 3,000 choices, an international menu with up to 22 special dietary requests available, and curated children’s kits for the youngest travellers.


Qatar Airways introduced its new brand campaign, Going Places Together, in New York in December 2015, to rave reviews; culminating with this most recent Travel Weekly Magellan Silver Award.


Qatar Airways Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: “We are thrilled to be honoured by the panel of experts gathered by Travel Weekly, and we are deeply appreciative of this recognition by our industry’s experts. Qatar Airways brand campaign, Going Places Together, reflects the attitude we bring to the travel experience – we want to be part of our passengers’ journey, to experience the transformative power of travel with them. It is truly an honour to be recognised by your peers, and I extend my congratulations to the other award winners this year."


Adding to Qatar Airways’ overall experience is Hamad International Airport, the airline’s hub and home, and the most technologically advanced international airport. With a minimum connecting time of just 30 minutes, and more than 500 daily flights to more than 150 destinations on six continents, Doha’s premier airport is designed to be more than a waypoint. With luxury shopping, spa services, squash courts and even its own hotel, Hamad International Airport is a highlight of the global travel experience, and was recently recognised as the World’s Best Airport in 2016 by Skytrax, less than two years after opening.
From design to marketing to services, the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honours the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.


Editors notes:


For photos, please see here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/albums/72157675886058346


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 191 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 191 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 11 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


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