Qatar Airways is one of only 4 airlines in the world to receive the prestigious 5-star rating in the 2006 Skytrax World Airline Awards, and the only Middle Eastern airline to earn that honor. Thus it's not surprising that the carrier was also named Best Airline in the Middle East by Skytrax, as well as placing in the top five overall in categories ranging from inflight entertainment to catering to overall service in both economy and first class. Qatar Airways plans on beginning online service between New York in July, 2007. In the meantime it currently offering codeshare service with Lufthansa via Frankfurt out of New York (JFK), Newark, Washington Dulles, and Houston Intercontinental to its hub in Doha, plus various interline fares from other US departure points via 13 more European gateways. US travelers will find Doha to be a convenient alternative to Europe for connections to onward destinations in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.