Awards recognise Qatar Airways’ revolutionary new Business Class experience, Qsuite, and the airline’s highly innovative baggage system, HAQIBA
Airline wins ‘Best Up in the Air Experience’ award for the third consecutive year
Qatar Airways has been awarded the ‘Best Up In The Air Experience’ award for the third consecutive year and the ‘Best Baggage Initative’ award at the Future Travel Experience Global 2017 awards ceremony, held last week in Las Vegas.
The ‘Best Up In The Air Experience’ award recognises the airline’s groundbreaking new Business Class seat, Qsuite, which has revolutionised the onboard Business Class experience. Qsuite features sliding privacy doors that allow colleagues, friends, or families travelling together to create their own private room, enabling them to work, dine or socialise together, as well as fully-flat beds, a do-not-disturb button and generous storage space. With the launch of Qsuite, Qatar Airways has also claimed the honour of being the first airline to offer a bed in Business Class.
The airline was also presented with the ‘Best Baggage Initative’ award for its baggage management system, HAQIBA, developed in-house to manage all baggage-related activities across Qatar Airways’ extensive global network, including end-to-end real-time tracking for passengers. The HAQIBA system has also enabled the airline to achieve IATA Resolution 753 compliance at its Doha hub.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to have received the ‘Best Up In The Air Experience’ award for the third consecutive year. We are also very pleased to be the first airline to achieve compliance with IATA resolution 753, and are extremely proud that FTE Global has recognised HAQIBA. These latest awards demonstrate our commitment to continuous innovation in order to provide our passengers the finest in-flight experience in the sky and on the ground. We are thrilled to have received these coveted awards from an organisation that shares our commitment to delivering nothing short of the best.”
Future Travel Experience Global 2017 (FTE Global) is one of the leading travel conferences worldwide, where representatives of airlines, airports and other travel industry stakeholders meet to demonstrate and discuss their latest customer experience initiatives.
Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Joe Leader, whose organization is a major partner of FTE Global, presented Qatar Airways with the prestigious award.
The award-winning airline has received a number of accolades this year, including Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition as the world’s best airline. In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.
Qatar Airways will be adding many more exciting destinations to its network in 2017 and 2018, including Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Accra, Ghana; Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Utapao, Thailand; Chittagong, Bangladesh and Mombasa, Kenya, to name a few. Passengers will be able to go places together and discover Qatar Airways’ expanding network of more than 150 destinations, flying via the five-star Hamad International Airport in Doha.
The national carrier of the State of Qatar is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 20th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.
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 fast growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including Dublin, Nice, Skopje, Sarajevo and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 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 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 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters and 12 Boeing 777 freighters.