For the second year in a row Qatar Airways has been selected by readers of the US edition of Business Traveller magazine as the Best Airline in the World for International Travel.

The annual survey of more than 8,000 randomly selected Business Traveller subscribers asked participants to choose their favourite airlines, hotels, airports and other business travel service providers in a total of 59 categories. The survey consisted of open-ended questions, with no suggested company names or choices provided.

Proving that airlines in the Gulf are setting new standards for high-end service, Qatar Airways surpassed all other carriers in overall service and amenities. “We are pleased to see that business travellers across the globe are embracing our commitment to delivering the utmost in high service and standards,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.

“As we continue to grow our fleet and expand our routes to premier destinations throughout the world, we remain focused on delivering excellence to customers travelling in all cabin classes.”

Qatar Airways is one of a select-few airlines with a Five Star Skytrax ranking for service and was recently elevated to the No. 3 airline in the world in the 2010 passenger survey that involved a poll of over 200 international carriers.

Previous Business Traveller wins include the 2008 award for ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’ and the 2007 award for ‘Best Business Class in the World.’

In celebration of this year’s recognition, Qatar Airways joined the other Best in Business Travel winners at Business Traveller magazine’s annual awards gala dinner held in Los Angeles, The event preceded the December / January issue of Business Traveller, in which all winners will be announced. Coverage of the gala will be published in the March 2011 issue.

As the global leader in luxury travel, Qatar Airways is undergoing aggressive growth with plans to serve 120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide with a fleet of 120 aircraft by 2013. The airline currently operates a modern fleet of 93 aircraft from its Doha hub to 95 cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America.