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QATAR AIRWAYS New Santorini Services

Skytrax 2019 Airline of the Year, Qatar Airways, is adding the romantic Greek island of Santorini to its ever-growing destination network.

The airline’s first Doha-Santorini services take to the sky in May 2020.

The seasonal services (May to October) will operate thrice weekly by Airbus A320 aircraft featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy, offering a one-stop service from Australia to Santorini.

“We’re really excited about these new Qatar Airways flights to Santorini,” said Lisa Byers, General Manager of The Travel Authority Corporate & Resource in Fremantle.

“The Greek islands are gorgeous, and these new services make Santorini closer than ever before for Australian travellers by eliminating the 6-hour ferry journey from Athens or a domestic flight. We expect the flights to be very popular,” added Lisa.

Santorini will become Qatar Airways’ fourth destination in Greece, joining Athens, Thessaloniki and seasonl Mykonos flights.

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SKYTRAX 2019 World Airline Awards announced

The annual Skytrax World Airline Awards have been announced with Qatar Airlines re-taking the no. 1 mantle from Singapore Airlines, and Qantas the big mover returning to the top 10. See the full list below.

Airline leaders from around the world recently attended the 2019 World Airline Awards held at Paris Air Show to receive their accolades as voted for by customers.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr Akbar Al Baker, accepting the Airline of the Year award.

“We love seeing how airlines fare at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. The awards are a great indication of quality and, importantly, passenger experience. We’re really pleased to see Qantas return to the top 10”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

Qatar Airways scooped the top award being named the World’s Best Airline, and also winning awards for:

  • The World’s Best Business Class
  • The World’s Best Business Class Seat
  • The Best Airline in the Middle East

The Travel Authority Corporate recently hosted some clients about Qatar Airways, experiencing the airline’s new Qsuite business class product first-hand. CLICK HERE to read more.

Singapore Airlines won a top accolade as the World’s Best Cabin Crew, and was honoured with awards for the World’s Best First Class, the Best Airline in Asia and the World’s Best First Class Seat.

Here’s the list of the World’s Top 10 Airlines of 2019:

  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • ANA All Nippon Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Emirates
  • EVA Air
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Qantas Airways (11th last year)
  • Lufthansa
  • Thai Airways

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are thrilled to be globally recognised by our customers by winning these four prestigious awards. Becoming the first airline to be named as ‘Airline of the Year’ for the fifth time is a landmark achievement and, combined with three other major Skytrax awards, it is testament to the tireless efforts of the entire Qatar Airways team.”

“To be named as the World’s Best Airline is a great recognition of Qatar Airways high standards, and recognises the hard work and dedication from every member of staff to satisfy customers”, said Edward Plaisted of Skytrax.

“All of today’s award winning airlines are voted for by customers, and the focus of our annual survey is for travellers to make their own, personal choices as to which airlines they consider to be best”, added Plaisted.

About the World Airline Awards
Celebrating their 19th anniversary, the World Airline Awards are independent and impartial, introduced in 1999 to provide a customer satisfaction study that was truly global. The awards are frequently referred to by media around the world as “the Oscars of the aviation industry”.

Over 100 customer nationalities participated in the survey with 21.65 million eligible entries counted in the results.

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