Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the state of Qatar, and is based in Doha, Qatar. It was launched in 1997 and is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Worldwide, Qatar Airways has 146 destinations covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, the Indian Ocean, Asia Pacific and the Americas. The company believes that, in the modern era of aircraft travel being commonplace, the only way to stand out is to offer excellence at all levels, including online booking and information. Its aim is to be identified as the world's five-star airline.