Qatar wins Skytrax’s top award

PARIS, 21 June 2017: Qatar Airways has again been named Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, hosted Tuesday at the Paris Air Show.

It marks the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition as the world’s best airline.

In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from worldwide, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards, including Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

Qatar Airways’ home and hub, Hamad International Airport, was this year also rated five-star by Skytrax, one of only five in the world to be given this recognition.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “For Qatar Airways to be named the World’s Best Airline particularly at this critical point in time, is a significant testimony of our passengers’ belief and trust in our unwavering commitment to deliver only the best. This award is also a reflection of the hard work and dedication of every employee at Qatar Airways.”

Commenting on the current flight ban Al Baker added: “At these difficult times of illegal bans on flights out of my country by big bullies, this is an award not to me, not to my airline, but to my country.”

The prestigious awards received in Paris mark yet another busy year for Qatar Airways as the airline looks ahead to no less than 24 new destinations to be launched, new aircraft deliveries, the roll-out of its Qsuite class across the fleet and continued celebrations of the 20th year anniversary. Qatar Airways previously won the title of the World’s Best Airline in 2011, 2012 and 2015.

Qatar Airways recently added Dublin, Republic of Ireland, to its global route network, soon to be followed by Nice, France; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia and Chang Mai, Thailand. The airline operates a modern fleet of 200 aircraft to a network of key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.