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Posted On: 22 September 2009 04:29 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Qatar Airways retains Skytrax 5-star status

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Qatar Airways has retained the status of being 5-star airline for this year by maintaining quality performance across all front-line areas. Skytrax Research has confirmed that Qatar’s national carrier has been certified as a world 5-Star Airline for the 2009/2010 ranking period, repeating it’s earlier quality ranking success in this exclusive group of airlines. The 5-Star Airline status is awarded to airlines achieving the very highest quality performance across all front-line areas that passengers will experience, according to Skytrax. “This 5-Star certification is the ultimate quality approval that an airline can receive in recognition of its front-line product and service quality,” said Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted. Qatar Airways has outstanding orders for more than 220 aircraft worth over $40bn. Qatar Airways - which operates a modern fleet of 69 aircraft to 82 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America - is the only airline in the Middle East region to have gained this 5-Star Airline certification, and one of just six airlines worldwide that currently meet the exacting and rigorous quality criteria set for this ultimate ranking. Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. The airline has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 24 Airbus A320 Family of aircraft, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in 2007. The airline is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012, by which time the New Doha International