Asian Airlines Continue to Rank As the Best in the World
Asian airlines are continuing to dominate global satisfaction reviews.
In this year’s annual Skytrax World Airline Awards, an overwhelming majority of the world’s top airlines were based in Asia. The winner, Qatar Airways, broke a record, becoming the only airline in the ranking’s history to be named the best in the world five separate years.
The trend continued onto the smaller awards like best economy class and cleanest aircraft cabin. All the winners were Asian airlines.
The rankings are determined by a consumer survey of more than 21 million people, representing more than 100 different nationalities around the world. The awards are sometimes nicknamed the “Oscars of the aviation industry.” This year’s results were presented at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday.
“The fact that the Skytrax awards are voted for by travellers makes them especially meaningful for all of us in the industry,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.
Lufthansa was the only European airline to make the top 10 ranking, coming in ninth place. Australia’s Qantas airline placed eighth.
When the vote was narrowed down to North America, Air Canada took the top spot.
However, there is some evidence that American airlines are improving and competing on a global scale in some ways. While no U.S. carrier won an award last year, this year United Airlines won World's Best Business Class Lounge.
For best overall airline, the previous record holder was Singapore Airlines, which has run the award four times. The Singaporean airline won second place in best airline this year but came in first for world’s best cabin crew. It has also won Travel + Leisure’s Worlds Best Awards for 23 consecutive years.
Qatar Airways also won for best business class. The award for best economy class went to Japan Airlines. The world’s best regional airline was Bangkok Airways; the cleanest cabins went to Taiwan’s EVA Air and the most improved airline was deemed Philippine Airlines.