(18 Jan 2021) Qatar Airways has received the 5-Star COVID19 Airline Safety rating by Skytrax.
The rating follows a detailed audit, carried out by the Skytrax team in December 2020, which assessed how effectively and consistently the airline’s COVID19 hygiene and safety standards and procedures are adhered to, from flight check-in to on-board aircraft.
The audit included 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.
Qatar Airways’ home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA)received a Skytrax 5-Star COVID19 Airport Safety Rating in December 2020.
“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,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “It also provides assurance to passengers across the world that airline health and safety standards are subject to the highest possible standards of professional, independent scrutiny and assessment. As Qatar Airways continues to deal with the ongoing impact and challenges of the COVID19 crisis, we would like to reinforce the message that air travel does not need to be a source of concern to passengers.”
Qatar Airways’ on-board safety measures include the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and a complimentary protective kit for passengers. The airline also recently started using Honeywell’s state-of-the-art Ultraviolet Cabin System as a further step in the cleaning of its aircraft.
Qatar Airways currently operates more than 800 weekly flights to over 110 destinations across the globe. By the end of March, the airline plans to rebuild its network to 130 destinations.
Skytrax Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Edward Plaisted, said, “We congratulate Qatar Airways on being awarded with the highest 5-Star COVID19 Safety Rating and being the world’s first major airline to be certified at this level. Qatar Airways kept flying throughout COVID19, taking over 3.1 million people home since the start of the pandemic, and it is this experience that enables them to deliver an excellent standard of health and hygiene safety measures to keep customers and staff safe.”