Qatar Airways won four prestigious prizes at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards including ‘World’s Best Airline’, making it the only airline in the competition’s history to win it five times.
The airline was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’ for a third successive year and won ‘World’s Best Business Class’ accolade for the fourth successive year. Additionally, Qatar Airway retained its ‘World’s Best Business Class Seat’ award with its patented Qsuite product.
Launched at ITB Berlin in March 2017, Qsuite offers a first-class experience in the business class cabin. Qsuite has received global acclaim and features the industry’s first-ever double bed as well as retractable privacy panels which allow passengers in adjoining seats to create private rooms.
Qatar's Minister of Transport and Communication, Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, who attended the Skytrax Awards ceremony said,“This is a great day for the state of Qatar and I am delighted to have been here today to witness Qatar Airways being recognised as the ‘Best Airline of the Year’ for the fifth time”.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, accompanied by Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport Badr Al Meer, stated that, “the Skytrax awards are widely recognised as the most prestigious in the airline industry, so to have won so many prizes at the 2019 ceremony is a truly memorable experience for Qatar Airways".
He also said that being named ‘Airline of the Year’ for the fifth time in addition to securing three other major Skytrax awards was a testament to the tireless efforts of the entire Qatar Airways team. The Chief Executive expressed that the recognition received at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards would encourage Qatar Airways to reach greater heights.
Skytrax Chief Executive Officer Edward Plaisted congratulated Qatar Airways, recognizing that being named World’s Best Airline indicated the airline's high standards.
The Skytrax World Airline Awards, introduced in 1999, are referred to by media around the world as 'the Oscars of the aviation industry'. Travellers across the world vote in a passenger satisfaction survey to decide the award winners.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The airline will add new destinations to its route network in 2019 including Philippines, Portugal, Somalia and Malaysia.