UK Volume 22 Superbrands UK Vol. 22 As the world’s fastest growing airline, with one of the youngest fleets of ultramodern aircraft in the sky, Qatar Airways is among the global aviation industry’s biggest success stories Market Part of the Qatar Airways Group of businesses, the airline has risen to the many challenges resulting from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic over the course of the last 20 months. With the international travel industry one of the sectors hardest hit by the crisis, Qatar Airways has experienced extensive loss of traffic and revenues as part of a pattern seen across the global aviation industry. Despite these difficulties, Qatar Airways has continued to successfully rebuild its global network to more than 140 destinations in line with the re-opening of international travel and is the largest airline to have flown consistently through the pandemic, with its network never falling below 33 destinations. It is this strength, resilience and commitment which saw the national carrier of the State of Qatar named as the largest international carrier in the world between April and July 2020 by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – with the airline accounting for 17.8% of global international passenger traffic in April 2020. Product As an industry leader, Qatar Airways continues to push the boundaries of innovation and excellence in everything it does. From its award-winning Qsuite Business Class product, to one of the most spacious and comfortable Economy Class cabins in the industry, the Qatar Airways on-board experience is at the heart of the airline’s world-class service. Qatar Airways’ foresight on the future of aviation, and early strategic investment in sustainable aircraft, saw it become one of the few global airlines to continue taking delivery of aircraft in 2020/21. With more than 205 aircraft in service, and a further 200 on order, its diverse, modern and fuel-efficient fleet is one of its greatest assets, enabling Qatar Airways to balance its commercial needs with its responsibilities to maintain an environmentally sustainable fleet at all times. Achievements As the largest global airline to have flown consistently throughout the pandemic, Qatar Airways has continued its enviable record of winning awards in recent months, earning the prestigious Skytrax Airline of the Year as well as five additional accolades, at the World Airline Awards for a record-breaking sixth time in September 2021. This is in addition to the airline’s home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), recently being recognised as the Best Airport in the World 2021 by Skytrax in the World Airport Awards 2021. Qatar Airways’ achievements are not just limited to accolades and awards. Over the course of the last 20 months, the airline has not only consolidated its position of leadership in the recovery of the global aviation and travel sector. It has also played a significant role in the worldwide fight against Covid-19. By working closely with governments, civil aviation authorities and companies around the world, the airline continued to keep its passengers moving, operating more than 500 repatriation charters and taking home more than three million stranded passengers worldwide in 2020/21. This is in addition to its air freight division, Qatar Airways Cargo, transporting over 500,000 tonnes of medical equipment, PPE and aid around the world, as well as more than 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to over 25 countries. Qatar Airways is the Official Airline Partner of the 2022 FIFA World Cup ™ DID YOU KNOW?