Congratulations to Qatar Airways on winning airline of the year 2012.
As reported in The Age newspaper:
For the second year in a row, Qatar Airways took out the Airline of the Year award for best airline in the world.
Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted said the awards were “something of a victory over the more established legacy carriers that have previously taken the top prizes in these categories”.
Interesting is that Australian carrier Qantas has fallen in the rankings.
Qantas fell out of the World Airline Awards’ top 10 for the first time, dropping to number 15 from number eight last year. The airline’s ranking has sunk every year since 2008, when it peaked at number three. This year’s drop comes in the wake of last year’s industrial dispute that saw CEO Alan Joyce ground the airline’s entire fleet in October, affecting about 68,000 passengers worldwide.
Qatar Airways service was recently reviewed in The Age:
Lounge access For business passengers transferring in Doha, the Qatar Premium Terminal is more akin to a five-star hotel than a holding pen. Along with complimentary fine-dining restaurant and drinks, there’s a bakery, a couple of bars, business facilities, comfortable seating, shower rooms, smokers’ lounge, children’s nursery and games room and attentive attendants. There are no loudspeaker announcements — instead, attendants will seek you out and let you know when it’s time to board your next flight
Service Very attentive; crew address business-class passengers by name.
Food and beverages La Grand Dame Champagne is offered before take-off with leather-bound menus. The food, served on mini linen tablecloths, is of high quality and includes Arabic mezze platters (dips and flatbreads) and paperbark smoked barramundi with wild rosella and wasabi couscous. Desserts are equally exotic. Snacks available any time. The wine selection includes French champagne, New Zealand sauvignon blancs and Australian shiraz.
Sounds like a wonderful airline and I am keen to try Qatar Airways some time soon.