DOHA – Qatar Airways has been named ‘Best Airline’ at the 2017 Business Traveller Awards, held at London’s Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington.
In addition to being voted ‘Best Airline’ by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ ‘Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Long Haul Airline.’
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “I am extremely proud that Qatar Airways has been recognised in these four award categories . To be voted by the readers of Business Traveller magazine is a significant testimony of our passengers’ trust in what we stand for, placing them first at every stage of a journey.”
Airline alliance oneworld, of which Qatar Airways has been a member since 2013, also won the ‘Best Airline Alliance’ award for the fifth consecutive year, confirming oneworld’s position as the world’s premier global airline alliance.
Qatar Airways, was earlier this year voted ‘Airline of the Year,’ ‘World’s Best Business Class,’ ‘Best First Class Lounge’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’ at the Skytrax Awards.
Most notably this year, Qatar Airways launched Qsuite, its new innovative First in Business Class experience. The first aircraft fully-fitted with Qsuite was launched on the Doha-London route this summer, followed by Paris and shortly to feature on the airline’s flights to New York.
Qsuite, patented by Qatar Airways, features industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, with privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room. Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the centre four seats allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialise together.
Moreover, Qatar Airways recently added an array of new destinations to its global route network, including Dublin, Republic of Ireland; Nice, France; Prague, Czech Republic and Kyiv, Ukraine, soon to be followed by Chiang Mai, Thailand; Canberra, Australia and St Petersburg, Russia.
The Business Traveller Awards are voted for by readers of UK magazine, Business Traveller, with the results authenticated by an independent auditing company.