Multi award-winning Qatar Airways wins 'Airline of the Year' honour at 2015 Skytrax Airline Awards

Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker Picks Up Three Top Awards at The Paris Air Show

Qatar Airways Named 'Airline of the Year', Receiving The Coveted Accolade For The Third Time

Awards Are A Recognition Of The Entire Airline's Commitment To Its Passengers

LE BOURGET, FRANCE, June 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Qatar Airways has been honoured with three of the top aviation accolades at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards, winning Airline of the Year for a third time – a major accomplishment for an airline to reach multiple times.

The highest ranking in the annual Skytrax awards category, Airline of the Year is a testament to the commitment and dedication to service excellence and a high-quality travel experience for all passengers that fly with Qatar Airways. It is a reflection of the five-star calibre service that the Qatar Airways is renowned for.

The award comes at a time when the airline has experienced remarkable growth, given the major enhancements to its fleet in the last 10 months, with the entry into service of the Airbus A380 and the Airbus A350 as the Global Launch Customer.

In addition to the Airline of the Year award, the airline also collected two other awards: Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East – which Qatar Airways has won for the eighth time.

The Skytrax World Airline Awards, held today at the Musée de l'Air et de l' Espace, Paris Air Show, are widely known as the Passengers Choice Awards with millions of travellers, from 160 different countries, participating in passenger satisfaction surveys to decide 2015's winners.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said:

"I am honoured to lead an airline that has paved such an accomplished path to excellence, and innovation, demonstrating the team's unwavering pride in their work and the experience provided to each of our passengers.

"Becoming an award-winning airline takes dedication and passion – and retaining such a ranking takes commitment, which I thank each and every team member at Qatar Airways for.

"Our passengers are at the heart of everything we do at Qatar Airways, and we are very proud to be recognised by them and to receive these three Skytrax awards.

"These accolades reflect our passengers' satisfaction; they choose to fly with a five-star airline and today they have chosen Qatar Airways as the World's Best Airline for the third time.

"Qatar Airways strives to offer the best travel experience for its guests across our entire global network of 147 destinations, with a commitment to providing quality services to each and every one of our passengers."

Major recent enhancements have been introduced at Qatar Airways, including the opening of the world's largest Business Class lounge, 'Al Mourjan' at Hamad International Airport in Doha; a complete revamp of the airline's in-flight entertainment system, Oryx One, and newly introduced amenity kits across all classes of travel; new on-board menus, check-in enhancements, and many others.

Qatar Airways' modern fleet is on display at the Paris Air Show 2015, the airline is showcasing the best of its latest generation aircraft with five on display – the Airbus A380, A350 XWB, A320 and A319 and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Qatar Airways, a five-star ranked carrier, is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, operating one of the youngest fleets in the skies. Qatar Airways flies 160 aircraft to 147 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

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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. Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 160 aircraft flying to 147 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World's Best Airline Alliance 2014 by Skytrax for the second 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.

Qatar Airways recently launched Oryx One, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 2,000. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the five-star airline's on-board Wifi and GSM service.

For more information, visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.

For Qatar Airways corporate images, please click here: http://www.qatarairways.com/corporateimages

SOURCE Qatar Airways

For further information: Media contact: Axelle Techer, High Road for Qatar Airways, 514-798-6135, axelle.techer@highroad.com

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