PARIS — World airline rating service SkyTrax named Qatar Airways as its 2015  Airline of the Year this week at the Le Bourget Paris Air Show. Qatar Airways won the award for the third time in its history.

The award is given annually to the airline that shows the most five-star attributes in a given year, as chosen by millions of passengers in more than 160 countries around the world through a year-long poll.

Qatar calls winning the award “a testament to the commitment and dedication to service excellence and a high-quality travel experience for all passengers that fly with Qatar Airways. It is a reflection of the five-star calibre service that the Qatar Airways is renowned for.”

Speaking to the media, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said “I am honored to lead an airline that has paved such an accomplished path to excellence and innovation, demonstrating the team’s unwavering pride in their work and the experience provided to each of our passengers.”


Al Baker stressed passengers being “at the heart of everything we do at Qatar Airways and we are very proud to be recognised by them and to receive these three SkyTrax awards.

“Qatar Airways strives to offer the best travel experience for its guests across our entire global network of 147 destinations, with a commitment to providing quality services to each and every one of our passengers,” he said.

The heavily influential and often controversial Al Baker made quite a name for himself in recent days through several critical remarks toward the airlines in the United States regarding Open Skies.  Al Baker went as far as threatening to leave the oneworld alliance Qatar recently joined if fellow member American Airlines continues to participate in the Open Skies dispute.

Even with this controversy, it is hard to deny that Qatar Airways isn’t doing something special. As the global launch customer for the Airbus A350, and with the introduction of the Airbus A380 to its fleet, Qatar Airways is building a clean and modern airline that reflects what a five-star airline should be.

Qatar would not leave the annual SkyTrax World Airline Awards with just the Airline of the Year award. Qatar Airways also won the “Best Airlines Business Class Seat” and “Best Airlines in the Middle East” award for a record eighth time.

In addition to these prestigious awards, Qatar Airways announced an order for ten next generation 777-8 aircraft, four 777F aircraft, and displayed an astonishing five aircraft at the Paris Air Show including Airbus A380, A350 XWB, A320 and A319 and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.