Travellers from Eastern Africa, spoiled by the choices they have today when it comes to air travel, will see yet another box ticked against the name of Qatar Airways in addition to being rated for several years now by Skytrax as a 5 star airline. The 25th edition of the annual Business Traveller USA Awards ranked the airline’s business class as ‘Best Business Class’ and in addition got awarded for being the ‘Best Business Class in the Middle East’ to. A third award at the ceremony however was the crowning achievement as Qatar Airways was for the 5th consecutive time named as ‘Best Airline in the World for International Travel’.
These awards ‘Best in Business Travel’ are based on votes by readers of Business Traveller USA magazine with the results authenticated by an independent auditing company and are widely recognized as one the market’s key benchmark indicators for real excellence. Readers based their voting on the strength of the airline’s customer service, its route network and services.
Lisa Markovic, Qatar Airways’ Country Manager for the United States of America, said on the occasion of receiving the three awards: ‘There is no greater achievement than the appreciation of our passengers and we would like to thank the Business Traveller readers for choosing Qatar Airways, especially against such strong competition. These awards illustrate Qatar Airways’ ongoing commitment to providing 5-star service as one of the world’s leading airlines for both business and leisure travellers. We are particularly proud to be acknowledged for consistently providing the world’s best international travel experience for five years, running. We now look forward to improving our travel options, by expanding on our network of over 130 destinations, through the oneworld alliance’.
Qatar Airways was also recently named Best Business Class by Business Traveller readers in the United Kingdom and Best Middle East Airline by readers of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific. The Doha-based carrier was recognized in London, on November 5th and for the fourth consecutive year at the 22nd Annual Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards, held in Hong Kong.
Qatar Airways now flies to 134 destinations around the world, in Eastern Africa Entebbe, Kigali, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro, and operates a state of the art fleet of presently 127 aircraft. New destination, among others in 2014, will be Philadelphia, Miami and Dallas/Fort Worth in the United States and Edinburgh, Larnaca, Sharjah and the new Dubai World Central as second destination in Dubai.
Source: Wolfgang H Thome