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Qatar Airways Business class named best in world for 2nd year running

Airline Wins Leading Business Class Title At World Travel Awards

London, UNITED KINGDOM – Qatar Airways continued its award-winning streak as the Five-Star-ranked carrier was named World’s Leading Airline – Business Class for the second year running.

Almost 1,000 decision makers from the global travel and tourism industry gathered for the 16th World Travel Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London.

Qatar Airways once again beat stiff competition to win the title as decided by thousands of travel professionals from over 180,000 travel agencies, transport companies and tourism organisations in over 160 countries worldwide.

Hailed as the world’s largest and most important international awards for the travel industry, the World Travel Awards aims to encourage excellence, high standards, innovation and quality in every aspect of the customer experience.

With recognition for all elements of Qatar Airways’ service in the sky, as well as on the ground – from the airline’s exclusive Premium Terminal in Doha for First and Business Class passengers to its highly rated cabin crew and inflight entertainment – Qatar Airways has once again exceeded passengers’ expectations.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker expressed his delight at the latest accolade awarded by industry peers.

“To be named as having once again the best business class in the world at the biggest travel event of the year by the most prestigious industry awards body, proves that Qatar Airways is seen by the travel industry as the preferred airline for frequent corporate travellers – not only in the Middle East, but worldwide.

“We are extremely proud of our business class product as this title of World’s Leading Airline - Business Class demonstrates the high level of trust that the airline has gained over and above our competition.

“This award is recognition that Qatar Airways continues to lead in what is a highly competitive aviation industry by offering the most innovative premium services to our valued customers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who works at Qatar Airways for making the airline the success it is today.”

The World Travel Awards evening included entertainment provided by Britain’s Got Talent TV star, street dancer George Sampson, and was attended by all 120 Miss World contestants.

Qatar Airways, which recently began flights to Amritsar and Goa in India, continues its rapid expansion next month with the launch of scheduled services to Melbourne – the carrier’s first point in Australia, from December 6.

Initially a thrice-weekly service, Melbourne operations will quickly move to daily on January with plans to also launch flights to Sydney in the New Year.
Qatar Airways operates a young and modern fleet of 71 aircraft serving 84 diverse business and leisure cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America. It currently has outstanding orders for more than 220 aircraft worth over US$40 billion.

About the World Travel Awards:
World Travel Awards, established 15 years ago and described by the Wall Street Journal as the 'Oscars' of the global travel industry, encourages greater quality, value and, above all, exceptional customer experience spanning every sector and region worldwide. Winners are decided by votes received from agents and travel professionals worldwide.

About Qatar Airways:
Qatar Airways’ Economy Class has been voted Best in the World in the annual Skytrax passenger survey, in which more than 16 million travellers were polled. Ranked Five Star for service and excellence by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency also voted Qatar Airways’ cabin crew Best in the Middle East for the seventh year running in 2009 and Best Airline in the Middle East for the fourth consecutive year. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com

Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 24 Airbus A320 Family of aircraft, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline has aircraft orders for more than 220 jets worth over US$40 billion and is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012, by which time the New Doha International Airport would have opened. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

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