QATAR AIRWAYS BAGS MORE TROPHIES
(Posted 30th January 2014)
One of East Africa’s most popular foreign airlines, Qatar Airways, was at the UK Travel Awards named as ‘Business Airline of the Year’ and also bagged the ‘Best long-haul Airline’ award for the second year running.
Over 1,300 industry representatives attended the 19th Annual Business Travel Awards, organized by UK publication Buying Business Travel, which celebrates the achievements of the industry’s leading players. The gala evening is widely regarded as one of the highlights of the business travel awards calendar.
A statement received from the judges commented: ‘We thought this was an outstanding entry, backed up by glowing testimonials from leading buyers and managers in the corporate sector. A dedicated business terminal at its home airport, cars that ferry first class passengers from aircraft to terminal and an impressive corporate client retention rate all made Qatar Airways the clear winner’.
Paul Johannes, Qatar Airways’ Vice President Commercial North, South and Western Europe, said: ‘We are delighted to have been recognised in two categories for our high-quality product and business class offering at these prestigious awards. It is an honour to win two award categories against such strong competition. This award reiterates Qatar Airways’ commitment to providing excellent customer service and prominence as one of the world’s leading airlines for business travellers. Over the next few months we look forward to giving our customers increased options when they travel with the expansion of our international network’.
Qatar Airways was also recently named Best Business class at the Business Traveller UK Awards and Best Middle East Airline by readers of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific.
Important for travellers from East Africa, where Qatar Airways serves Entebbe in conjunction with Kigali, Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro and Nairobi, the latter with 18 flights a week will be the further addition of new destinations via Doha, where the airline’s hub is located at a brand new mega airport. In 2014 Qatar Airways will launch services to Sharjah International Airport, UAE (March 1, 2014), Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai World Central (March 1, 2014), Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014), Larnaca, Cyprus (April 29, 2014), Sabiha, Istanbul (May 22, 2014), Edinburgh (May 28, 2014), Miami International Airport, USA (June 10, 2014) and Dallas Fort Worth, USA (July 1, 2014).
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