Business Travel Awards 2014.
Pictured during the UK Business Travel Awards 2014 are, from left, British stand-up comedian Omid Djalili, Qatar Airways VP Commercial Europe Paul Johannes, Qatar Airways Corporate Sales Manager UK & Ireland Emma Deering and Senior Vice President Diners Club International UK & Ireland John O’Hagan.

Qatar Airways has been named ‘Business Airline of the Year’, and for the second year in a row ‘Best Long-Haul Airline’ at the high profile UK Business Travel Awards 2014 which was recently held in London.

Vice President Commercial North, South and Western Europe, Paul Johannes, said:

We are delighted to have been recognised in two categories for our high-quality product and business class offering at these prestigious awards. It is an honour to win two award categories against such strong competition…This award reiterates Qatar Airways’ commitment to providing excellent customer service and prominence as one of the world’s leading airlines for business travellers. Over the next few months we look forward to giving our customers increased options when they travel with the expansion of our international network and the launch of services from Edinburgh to Doha in May.’

Over 1,300 industry representatives attended the 19th Annual Business Travel Awards, organised by UK publication Buying Business Travel, which celebrates the achievements of the industry’s leading players. The gala evening is widely regarded as one of the highlights of the business travel calendar.

The judges commented:

We thought this was an outstanding entry, backed up by glowing testimonials from leading buyers and managers in the corporate sector. A dedicated business terminal at its home airport, cars that ferry first class passengers from aircraft to terminal and an impressive corporate client retention rate all made Qatar Airways the clear winner.’

Qatar Airways was also recently named Best Business class at the Business Traveller UK Awards and Best Middle East Airline by readers of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 134 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.

In 2013, Qatar Airways launched 12 new destinations – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq), Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), Chengdu (China), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Ta’if (Saudi Arabia) Clark Manila International Airport, Philippines and most recently Hangzhou, China.

In 2014 Qatar Airways will launch services to Sharjah International Airport, UAE (1 March 2014), Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai World Central (1 March 2014), Philadelphia, USA (2 April 2014), Larnaca, Cyprus (29 April 2014), Sabiha, Istanbul (22 May 2014), Edinburgh (28 May 2014), Miami International Airport, USA (10 June 2014) and Dallas Fort Worth, USA (1 July 2014).