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Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, with an average 35 per cent expansion year-on-year for the past decade.

As the national airline of the Arabian Gulf state of Qatar, the company prides itself on representing the values and hospitality of its homeland, yet at the same time caring and catering for people from diverse cultures and backgrounds across the world.

Qatar Airways currently offers flights to 85 destinations across an ever-growing international route network and it is one of only six airlines in the world that has a five-star ranking for service and excellence awarded by independent aviation industry body Skytrax.

Its reach is extended through codesharing agreements with ten major airlines - All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, bmi, Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, MEA, Phillipine Airlines and United Airlines and US Airways.

Qatar Airways' fleet comprises 76 planes and it plans to expand this to 110 aircraft by 2013 - almost double its current size. It has more than 220 aircraft on order, including 60 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 32 Boeing 777s and 80 Airbus 350s. It has also commissioned five twin-deck Airbus A380 superjumbos, which are set for delivery from 2012.

From its hub in Doha International Airport, it runs flights to a global network of destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, the Far East and America. In 2009, it added Goa, Houston and Melbourne to its list of services.

The company has also invested significantly in the airport, which it manages and operates, in order to give customers fast connections and an even better airport experience.

Qatar Airways was the first airline in the world to open a first and business class dedicated terminal, complete with luxurious facilities including a spa, jacuzzi, sauna and massage services, so passengers can relax before they fly.

Premium passengers can enjoy dedicated e-gates to speed up immigration formalities and self-service check-in kiosks for passengers with hand luggage. The e-gates will operate using an e-card which contains a customer's biometric data.

It was built in nine months at a cost of $90 million (£55.8 million), with the premium terminal also promising duty-free shopping, conference rooms, a concierge service, fine dining restaurants, a business centre with secretary service and a 24-hour medical centre as well as numerous relaxing water features.

The company's loyalty scheme is known as Privilege Club, with benefits including priority check-in, extra baggage allowance, priority baggage handling, priority boarding and unlimited access to Qatar's exclusive lounge.

You don't have to be travelling on a first-class or business-class ticket in order to enjoy great service from Qatar Airways. It also offers live digital and satellite TV transmitted to every passenger on their individual seatback screen.

Safety is one of the airline's key priorities, it says, with customer focus, a commitment to people and financial strength all important values too.

In 2009, the carrier's business class service was voted Best in the World for the second year running at the World Travel Awards. Its economy class was also voted Best in the World in the annual 2009 Skytrax passenger survey, in which more than 16 million travellers were polled.

If you want the very cheapest airfares that Qatar Airways can offer, be sure to book through Major Travel.

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