Doha 17 July 2018
Qatar Airways won four prestigious awards at 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards including ‘World’s Best Business Class’ held today at the Langham Hotel in London. This is the sixth time and third consecutive year that the airline has won this recognition. Present on the occasion were Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO, Qatar Airways and Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer, Hamad International Airport.
In addition to being voted ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by travellers from around the world, the airline was also named ‘Best Airline In The Middle East’, the seventh time it has received this tremendous accolade. Qatar Airways was also named ‘Best First Class Airline Lounge’ for the second consecutive year and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite.
Akbar Al Baker, said on the occasion: “These prestigious awards show how far Qatar Airways has come in such a short time. In just over 20 years, we have risen from a small regional carrier to become a global airline, committed to innovation and to delivering the highest standards to our passengers. The patented Qsuite represents our commitment to innovation, as this revolutionary Business Class seat continues to set new benchmarks in the aviation industry.
“To have been awarded such accolades, in spite of the illegal blockade against our country, is a reflection of our commitment to excellence, innovation and to providing all passengers the finest service in the skies. The fact that the Skytrax awards are voted for by travellers makes them especially meaningful and reconfirms that our passenger-focused strategy continues to deliver the highest level of satisfaction to our loyal customers.”
Qatar Airways also made headline news this week at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, with a number of high-profile announcements, showcasing six aircraft from its award-winning and growing fleet, and hosting visitors both at its chalet and on board its aircraft. On the opening day of the airshow, Qatar Airways finalised a purchase agreement with Boeing for five Boeing 777-300ER Freighter aircraft to join the airline’s Cargo division. Also on day one of the airshow, Qatar Executive, the private jet charter division of Qatar Airways Group, unveiled its latest aircraft, the Gulfstream G500 jet, which will join the fleet later this year.
The award-winning airline also committed to purchase five new CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulators and two CAE 500XR Series flight training devices for the Boeing 777X and the 737 MAX from the global leader in training CAE.