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Posted On: 1 October 2009 11:50 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Airline wins UK accolade

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Qatar Airways has been named ‘Airline of the Year 2009’ at the prestigious TTG Awards in the UK. The annual event was held at London’s Grosvenor House. Qatar Airways beat stiff competition from airlines worldwide to walk away with the coveted title from readers of TTG, a UK-based weekly travel trade magazine. Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar al-Baker said the airline was honoured to receive the award. “We have once again demonstrated that we can outshine our competitors and what better way to be recognised than by our key travel trade partners who help influence customers’ choice as to which airline to fly with.” “We have worked very hard to build our presence globally since the airline was launched just over 10 years ago. For such a young airline, this award from the UK travel trade is a tremendous feat.” Qatar Airways’ UK country manager Rachel Finn received the award from co-hosts TTG editor Lucy Huxley and Austin Healey, international rugby and Strictly Come Dancing TV star. Finn said, “We are very proud to have won this prestigious award. Our UK sales team has been working incredibly hard to develop and strengthen Qatar Airways’ relationship with the trade – and it is wonderful to have received such recognition.” TTG editor Lucy Huxley added: “These awards are regarded as a universal benchmark of quality within the travel industry. Qatar Airways demonstrated that it has an innovative and robust business model, which is expanding and thriving despite the economic downturn.”