Qatar Airways was awarded the PAX International Readership Award for ‘Best In-Flight Duty Free Program’ for the Middle East and Africa at an awards ceremony that took place at the Radisson Blu hotel in Hamburg on April 11. This is the second time that Qatar Airways has been given this distinguished award, and has been acknowledged as an industry leader for its outstanding in-flight duty free service, which is operated by Qatar Duty Free (QDF).
The award win recognises the wide selection of both luxury and affordable products available on board Qatar Airways flights, as part of the airline’s in-flight duty free program, as well as its competitive prices and outstanding customer service.
One of the largest duty free retailers in the world, QDF boasts more than 90 elegant boutiques and luxury, high-end stores, as well as more than 30 restaurants and cafés covering an area of 40,000 square metre at Hamad International Airport. Luxury brands available at the five-star airport include Gucci, Bulgari, Hermès, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Moncler, Rolex and Harrods.
The PAX International Readership Award is the second award win this week for Qatar Airways, as the airline also won a prestigious Crystal Cabin Award for “Best Cabin Concept”, in recognition of its innovative new Business Class seat, Qsuite, on Tuesday evening.
Hamad International Airport, the home of QDF, has already met a number of significant mile-stones in 2018, including being ranked fifth ‘Best Airport in the World’ at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018. HIA was also honoured with the title of the fourth ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ and the fifth ‘Best Airport for Dining’ in the world, and is the only airport in the Middle East in the world’s top 10 airports of 2018. At the annual awards ceremony, HIA also took home the title of ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the fourth year in a row, and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the third year in a row.