Qatar Airways has made it really big in aviation industry in very little time and is giving a stiff competition for the big boys. The airline is counted among the best in the world and has bagged numerous prestigious awards for its services.

Here are some of the interesting facts that you must know about the airlines:

First airline to operate all new generation aircrafts

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Qatar Airways is the first company to operate Airbus A350, the Dreamliner and the Super Jumbo A380. While most of the airlines just opt for one of them, the Doha based airline made orders for all of them.

First airline from Gulf to join an alliance

Qatar Airways joined the OneWorld alliance in 2012 and became the first Gulf carrier to join the group. In 1999 airlines such as Qantas, Air Berlin, American Airlines or Finnair teamed up to form the counterpart of Star Alliance and SkyTeam.

OneWorld consists of 15 full members and was also voted as best alliance by Skytrax for the third consecutive time.

More than 45,000 employees

Qatar Airways provides jobs for more than 45,000 people across the globe, of which more than 32,000 are airline employees.

The airline’s logo is extinct

The popular purple Oryx logo, which is also the national animal of Qatar, is actually extinct. The animal was extinct in 1972 and was reintroduced to the wild in 1982, with two herds; one from a zoo in Phoenix, Arizona and another from a “private collection” in Saudi Arabia.

The airline has the record for the longest commercial flight in the world

Qatar Airways has the longest flight on earth. The flight from Doha to Auckland, New Zealand covers a distance of about 14,535 kilometers. the trip lasts around 17 hours and 40 minutes.