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Four More Awards for Qatar Airways from 2019 APEX Passenger Choice Awards

Qatar Airways APEX awards

Qatar Airways has won four out of six awards from the 2019 Passenger Choice Awards from the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), an all-time record for a single airline in a region.

Qatar Airways was named ‘Best Overall Carrier in the Middle East’, ‘Best Cabin Service in the Middle East’, ‘Best Food & Beverage in the Middle East’, and ‘Best Seat Comfort in the Middle East’, at a ceremony that took place in Istanbul, Turkey.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, said they are thrilled to have swept four out of the six APEX Passenger Choice awards in the Middle East category. He extended his sincere thanks to loyal passengers who voted for the airline.

To have been recognised for excellence across so many key categories is a tremendous achievement for Qatar Airways, and is proof of the great heights to which we have soared during the past year. This accomplishment sets a new benchmark for the airline going forward, and we renew our commitment to continuing to innovate to offer our passengers the very finest experience when they fly.’

APEX Chief Executive Officer Joe Leader said that more than a million verified passenger votes counted for the 2019 Official Airline Ratings and Passenger Choice Awards and Qatar Airways received an overwhelmingly positive response by passengers around the globe.

In addition to being a 2019 APEX Five Star Global Airline, Qatar Airways earned the 2019 Passenger Choice Award for the ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’. That is an amazing accomplishment in one of the most competitive regions in the world.

Qatar also achieved a record number of Passenger Choice Awards by also winning the 2019 Middle East Awards for ‘Best Cabin Service’, ‘Best Food & Beverage’, and ‘Best Seat Comfort’. The innovation and level of care that Qatar Airways has invested into constantly improving passenger experience has resonated strongly in the airline’s success and is a positive leadership influence on our industry.’

The APEX Passenger Choice Awards are based on passenger feedback gathered through APEX’s partnership with TripIt® from Concur®, the world’s highest-rated travel-organising app. Using a five-star scale, more than one million flights are rated by passengers across nearly 500 airlines from around the world from 1 July 2017 to 31 June 2018. Passengers rate their overall flight experience from one to five stars.

On the same screen, passengers are also given the opportunity to provide anonymous ratings in five subcategories: seat comfort, cabin service, food and beverage, entertainment, and Wi-Fi. The single screen rating allows airline passengers to easily rate their flight in less than 15 seconds. The Passenger Choice Awards are independently certified by a professional external auditing company hired by APEX.

Qatar Airways also won four prestigious prizes at this year’s Skytrax World Airline Awards, including the highest accolade of ‘World’s Best Airline’.

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