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QATAR AIRWAYS CLINCHES BEST MIDDLE EASTERN/AFRICAN AIRLINE TITLE FOR SEVENTH SUCCESSIVE YEAR AT BUSINESS TRAVELLER ASIA-PACIFIC 2016 AWARDS

QATAR AIRWAYS CLINCHES BEST MIDDLE EASTERN/AFRICAN AIRLINE TITLE FOR SEVENTH SUCCESSIVE YEAR AT BUSINESS TRAVELLER ASIA-PACIFIC 2016 AWARDS

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways was once again named the Best Middle Eastern/African Airline at the 2016 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards held in Hong Kong on 23 September, 2016. This marks the seventh consecutive year the airline has received this accolade.


Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are extremely honoured to be voted as the Best Middle Eastern/African Airline for the seventh straight year. We would like to thank our loyal passengers for their continued support and for giving us their vote of confidence. I would also like to express my gratitude to all of our staff for their continued dedication to delivering exceptional, award-winning, travel experiences and products to our passengers.”


The accolade adds to a year of continued success for Qatar Airways, particularly when it pertains to awards that echo consumer sentiments. Some of the recent recognition Qatar Airways has achieved include awards for ‘Best For Business’ by Condé Nast Traveller readers; being ranked number one globally by AirHelp – an independent airline consumer rights organisation – for providing travellers worldwide with the highest quality and service, on-time performance, and customer claim processing; and being awarded the World's Best Business Class, Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious Skytrax 2016 World Airline Awards.


Representing the airline at the 2016 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards, Qatar Airways Vice President North Asia, Mr. Paul Johannes, said: “It is my honour to receive the award on behalf of Qatar Airways and to be recognised among Asia Pacific’s best within the travel and hospitality industry. Asia is a core part of Qatar Airways’ business and network and we are privileged to remain an airline of choice in the region. We will continue to work hard at exceeding our travellers’ expectations.” 


Due to increased passenger demand, Qatar Airways recently increased capacity to Guangzhou on 1 July and Sydney on 16 September, flying the flagship A380 aircraft with 517 seats and three-class service. Qatar Airways’ A380 features a double deck with First and Business Class on the upper deck, along with a lounge.


Qatar Airways offers convenient flight schedules for Asia/Pacific travellers to the Middle East, Africa and Europe, on one of the world’s youngest fleets, averaging just under five years old. The airline operates the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world, including the A350, for which it was the global launch customer, and the Boeing Dreamliner, for which it was the Middle East launch customer.


The Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards pay tribute to the very best in the hospitality industry, who go the extra mile to make travellers’ experiences as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. The awards are independent and are based on votes from its readers – business travellers and frequent flyers - and verified by global market research leaders.


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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 190 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 190 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


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