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About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways was launched in 1997 and quickly established itself as one of the world's fastest growing and highest quality airlines. Besides being named Skytrax's Airline of the Year for the past two years, it is also the organisation's Best Middle East Airline for the seventh year running and has retained Skytrax's Five Star ranking since 2004. Other recent awards won include Business Traveler USA's Best Airline for International Travel and Aviation Business' Airline of the Year 2011. It boarded 15 million passengers in 2011, generating group revenues of US 6.4 billion. Qatar Airways, which uses the two-letter code QR, has one of the world's youngest fleets. It currently operates 111 aircraft, with an average age of four years, including 26 Boeing 777s, four Airbus A340-600s, 29 Airbus A330s and 44 Airbus A320 family types. It has orders and options for more than 250 more aircraft, worth more than US 50 billion, for delivery over the next few years. These include 13 Airbus A380-800s, 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 80 Airbus A320neos. Qatar Airways is 50 per cent owned by the State of Qatar and 50 per cent by private shareholders. About oneworld oneworld aims to be the first choice airline alliance for the world's frequent international travellers. It brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business “ airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines, and around 20 affiliates including Austria's NIKI, American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru. Malaysia Airlines is on track to join at around the turn of the year, with SriLankan to follow in 2013. India's Kingfisher Airlines is also a member elect. Mexicana is an inactive member of the alliance. oneworld enables its members to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. These include a broader route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points across the combined oneworld network and more airport lounges. oneworld also offers more alliance fares than any of its competitors. oneworld is current holder of three leading international awards for airline alliances - named the Best Airline Alliance by Global Traveler in its GT Tested Reader Survey 2011 Awards for the second year running, the World's Leading Airline Alliance in the 2011 World Travel Awards, for the ninth consecutive year, and the Best Airline Alliance 2011 in Australian Business Traveller's debut awards.



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