Qatar Airways named Skytrax's world's best airline of 2015

Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines make it to the top 10


Web Desk June 16, 2015
PHOTO: AFP

Qatar Airways was voted the world's best airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards.

The Skytrax Awards were established in 1999 and are compiled from the world's largest airline passenger satisfaction survey, and operate "independent of airline involvement, sponsorship or third-party influence," according to Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted.

The awards, decided by 18.9 million passengers in 110 countries across the globe, judge airlines on everything from the quality of their food and the comfort of their seats to the friendliness of their cabin crew, according to CNN.

Qatar Airways, the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar, has been named the number one airline twice before, in 2011 and 2012, and twice been voted runner-up. This year, the airline also took home prizes for best airline in the Middle East and best business class seat.

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"It's a very clear accolade on behalf of the staff -- they are the real recipients, I'm just their leader!" CEO Akbar Al Baker told CNN after the ceremony, held as part of the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget.

The top 10 airlines in alphabetical order were: Japan’s All Nippon Airlines (ANA), Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Taiwan’s EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines.

Turkish Airlines was the only European Airline in the top 10.

Further, AirAsia was voted best low-cost airline for the seventh year in a row. The accolade for the airline came six months after one of its planes crashed into the Java Sea killing all on board.

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Garuda Indonesia's cabin crew were awarded as the best in the world, while last year's number one airline, Cathay Pacific, won the award for the best transpacific airline. Germany's Lufthansa won the award for the best transatlantic airline.

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Taiwanese carrier EVA Air was recognised as having the cleanest aircraft cabins, while Asiana, Air New Zealand and Austrian Airlines took the prizes for in-flight meals.

Further, Oneworld was rated the best airline alliance, and Emirates won for its entertainment system.

This article originally appeared on CNN.

COMMENTS (5)

Ibrahim | 6 years ago | Reply Why would you put the airlines in alphabetical order, why not based on ranking as we are talking about 10 airlines ranking and not clear which airline is at what number!!
Shafaq | 6 years ago | Reply well said by the CEO of the airline..........Highly appreciated!
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