Qatar Airways named ‘Best Airline for International First Class,’ ‘Best First-Class Seat Design,’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ by the ‘Global Traveler Tested Reader Survey Awards’

  • Qatar Airways named ‘Best Airline for International First Class,’ ‘Best First-Class Seat Design,’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’
  • Accolades awarded ahead of upcoming launch of the airline’s award-winning business class seat, Qsuite, in the United States on 16 December into New York

DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Dec-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways has been named ‘Best Airline for International First Class,’ ‘Best First-Class Seat Design,’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ for the second consecutive year by the ‘Global Traveler Tested Reader Survey Awards’, one of the most respected awards in the business travel industry.

The U.S. based Global Traveler Tested Reader Survey awards are voted on by frequent affluent international travellers, with 93 per cent travelling internationally on a regular basis, primarily in first and business class. The awards are an unbiased reflection as they are based solely on reader votes. Qatar Airways was honoured with the distinguished awards at a private Gala Event at The Peninsula Beverly Hills in Los Angeles on 12 December, 2017.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “It is a great pleasure to be recognised by travellers for the second consecutive year for our luxury, state-of-the-art product and outstanding service. We take pride in providing passengers with the utmost travel experience, and constantly exceed their expectations each time they choose to travel with us. It is always our goal to continuously raise the bar on service and offerings onboard. We are excited to bring a new level of innovation and comfort to our dedicated passengers with the much-anticipated U.S. arrival of our Qsuite business class experience to New York’s JFK this month, creating a First Class experience in Business Class.”

The latest Global Traveler awards were presented ahead of the launch of Qatar Airways’ highly-anticipated Qsuite Business Class seat on flights from Hamad International Airport (HIA) to John F. Kennedy International Airport, commencing 16 December, 2017. Qsuite features the 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 center four seats allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, permitting them to work, dine and socialize together. These new features provide the ultimate customizable travel experience that enables passengers to create an environment that suits their own unique needs.

The U.S. debut of the groundbreaking new seat, Qsuite, follows similar launches in Paris and London earlier this year.

The award-winning airline has received a number of other accolades this year, including ‘Airline of the Year’ by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been awarded this global recognition as the world’s best airline. Additionally, Qatar Airways received the ‘Best Up In The Air Experience’ and ‘Best Baggage Initiative’ awards at the Future Travel Experience Global 2017 awards ceremony.

The world’s fastest growing airline, Qatar Airways serves a network of more than 150 destinations, with newly-launched additions to Prague, Czech Republic; Kyiv, Ukraine and Chiang Mai, Thailand, as well as upcoming service to Canberra, Australia; Penang, Malaysia and many more. Celebrating 10 years of service to the United States this year and 20 years of global operations, Qatar Airways serves 10 cities across the U.S., including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

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About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including St. Petersburg, Russia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Canberra, Australia and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was recently named ‘Airline of the Year’ by the 2017 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business Class,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third 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.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves more than 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally with more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747-8 freighter.

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Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

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