Qatar Airways has become the first global airline to acquire the 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating introduced by Skytrax.
This notable achievement follows a detailed audit carried out by the Skytrax team in December 2020, which assessed how effectively and consistently the airline’s COVID-19 hygiene and safety standards and procedures are adhered to, from flight check-in to on-board aircraft. The audit entailed a full review of procedural efficiency checks, visual observation of hygiene and safety levels at all stages of the passenger journey, and on-board Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) sampling tests to measure the potential level of contamination of contact surfaces.
Adding to this good news, Qatar Airways’ home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), was also recently named the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating in December 2020.
Chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker said: “As an industry leader and the ‘World’s Best Airline’, as named by Skytrax, we are well-used to setting the standard for others to follow. We are delighted that our commitment to providing the most rigorous and comprehensive COVID-19 safety programme in existence within the global aviation community has been recognised with the Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating.
“This achievement highlights the fastidious measures and procedures Qatar Airways have employed to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our passengers throughout the global pandemic to date, and follows HIA’s recent success as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating,” he concluded.