Qatar Airways has acquired the Diamond Standard rating in the Airline Passenger Experience Association’s (APEX) Health Safety Powered by SimpliFlying audit.
The good news was announced by APEX and global aviation marketing consultancy, SimpliFlying, following an in-depth assessment of the carrier’s COVID-19 hygiene and safety standards.
Thrilled with the outcome of the audit, chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker declared: “As an industry leader, we welcome the further recognition of Qatar Airways’ commitment to providing the most rigorous and stringent virus monitoring, detection and COVID-19 safety programme throughout our end-to-end passenger experience, in existence within the global aviation community.
“The awarding of the APEX Health Safety ‘Diamond Standard’ was the result of a thorough and extensive independent audit of the airline’s comprehensive COVID-19 protection and prevention measures, both on board and at Hamad International Airport, and reinforces the fact that air travel does not need to be a source of concern to passengers.
“As commercial aviation continues to deal with the challenges and impact of the global pandemic, we welcome the introduction of this and other relevant COVID-related hygiene and safety reviews, and would encourage other airlines to continue to build passenger confidence and assist with the recovery of the industry by participating wherever possible,” Al Baker concluded.
The Qatari carrier’s onboard safety measures include the provision of Personal Protective Equipment for cabin crew and a complimentary protective kit and disposable face shields for passengers.
Business Class passengers on aircraft equipped with the luxurious Qsuite can enjoy enhanced privacy, including sliding privacy partitions and the option to use a ‘Do Not Disturb’ indicator.
Aboard its planes, the airline uses the most advanced HEPA air filtration systems, and recently introduced Honeywell’s state-of-the-art Ultraviolet Cabin System.