MUSCAT: Qatar Airways was awarded ‘Business Airline of the Year’ for the second consecutive year at the prestigious UK Business Travel Awards 2015 held last week in London at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

The 20th annual Business Travel Awards, hosted by Buying Business Travel, celebrated the achievements of travel industry leaders. Over 70 companies, teams and individuals were shortlisted across 21 categories.

In May 2014, Qatar Airways became the first carrier to fly an all-Business Class service from London Heathrow. The daily Airbus A319 service to Doha is configured with a single aisle, 2-2 seating configuration offering 40 seats.

The service departs from Terminal 4 at 9.55pm, arriving at Doha at 6.40am the following day. The A319 Business Class seat has one of the highest specifications for business class travel of any airline with wide seats that recline into fully flat beds.

Also in May, Qatar Airways moved to its new home and hub, Hamad International Airport, the aviation industry’s latest greenfield airport showcasing marked features, including the acclaimed 10,000sq m Al Mourjan Business Class lounge.

Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar al Baker said, “It has been an incredible year for Qatar Airways, with not only a number of new routes but the expansion of our fleet to include the A350 and A380, both of which represent the latest in aviation engineering and technology. This award reiterates the quality of our renowned 5-star service and it is an honour to have been recognised in this category again.”

The airline celebrated a dramatic increase to its fleet in 2014, taking delivery of three new aircraft types: the A319 all-Business Class; the Airbus A380, and was the Global Launch Customer of the A350.

With the receipt of these new aircraft, Qatar Airways is the only airline in the world to operate every family of Airbus’ modern airline portfolio. In addition to the 80 A350s it has on order, the airline has a current Airbus fleet comprising of the A320, A330 Freighter, A319LR, A321, A330, A340 and A380 families.

With a modern fleet of 146 aircraft, Qatar Airways connects businesses and travellers to more than 146 destinations.

SOURCE: Muscat Daily