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Qatar Airways named 'World's Best Airline'

Qatari carrier comes out on top at respected World Airline Awards.
Years of work have paid off for Qatar Airways.
Years of work have paid off for Qatar Airways.

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Qatar Airways was named ‘World's Best Airline’ at the 2011 World Airline Awards this week.

In a ceremony held to coincide with Paris Air Show, the prestigious award was collected by Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO.

This year’s results were based on the responses of 18.8 million passengers from 100 different countries.

“Today, I am immensely proud of Qatar Airways and it is an honour on behalf of my workforce and my country to collect this prestigious award and for Qatar Airways to be named Airline of the Year,” said Al Baker.

Survey respondents were interviewed between July 2010 and May 2011. They were asked to rate airlines across a range of factors, including check-in, boarding, seat and cabin comfort, cuisine, in-flight entertainment and staff service.

“The award reflects opinions of passengers around the world, and is based on every customer type across all cabins - be they business or leisure, frequent or first-time flyers,” said Edward Plaisted CEO of Skytrax.

Etihad, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, placed sixth and Emirates was tenth.

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