Qatar Airways wins Airline of the Year
Representatives of Qatar Airways at the prestigious Airline of the Year Awards being held in Istanbul celebrated this weekend after the operator picked up two accolades – including the title achievement.
More than 4,200 readers of Air Transport News voted to see their favourite brands at the top of the leaderboard, with the final winners in the 14 categories selected by a board of internationally known industry experts.
Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Marwan Koleilat, was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the Qatar Airways Group.
“We are greatly honoured to be selected by our passengers as Airline of the Year,” he said, during his acceptance speech, adding that the dedication and hard work of everyone throughout the organisation had helped to secure the accolade.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, also expressed his delight on the news, saying: “We are pleased to be recognised by Air Transport News and are proud of this accomplishment.
“For us, the awards clearly reflect the confidence of our passengers for the product and service that we offer.”
Qatar Airways’ other victory came in the form of the Best Alliance award, which was claimed for the eighth year running by the oneworld alliance of which it is part of.
Other firms recognised at the ceremony included London City Airport, which scooped Airport of the Year serving under ten million passengers, and Boeing, which went away with Aircraft Manufacturer of the Year.
The event was filmed and broadcasted over the Air Transport News website and presided over by Philippe Guertin, vice-president of strategy at Air Transport News.
We can only hope next year’s event will be as exciting as 2014’s, but always bear in mind the importance of booking travel insurance, as no matter who you’re flying with, unexpected occurrences can always crop up.