Gulf carriers dominate at Skytrax 'World’s Best Airlines' awards

Published July 13th, 2016 - 09:57 GMT
Emirates scored the highest in terms of the quality of inflight entertainment, while Qatar Airways’ business class cabin was voted the world’s best. (File photo)
Emirates scored the highest in terms of the quality of inflight entertainment, while Qatar Airways’ business class cabin was voted the world’s best. (File photo)

Emirates has been voted the best airline in the world for 2016, according to a consultancy firm that surveyed millions of passengers worldwide.

Skytrax, which runs an aviation consumer platform, presented on Tuesday the 2016 World Airline Awards at a gala ceremony held at Farnborough Air Show which was attended by representatives of more than 40 airlines around the world.

This year’s awards marks the fourth time that Emirates has won the top prize. Other Gulf carriers also made it to the top ten list, with Qatar Airways taking the second spot and Etihad Airways securing the sixth position.

The awards were based on a comprehensive consumer survey conducted among 19.2 million air travellers between August 2015 and May 2016, covering a range of indicators, including seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, check-in and boarding experience, quality of staff service, among many others. The poll attracted feedback from more than 104 nationalities, which rated at least 280 low-cost and full-service carriers.

Emirates scored the highest in terms of the quality of inflight entertainment, while Qatar Airways’ business class cabin was voted the world’s best.

Cathay Pacific has the cleanest aircraft cabins, while Bangkok Airways won the best regional airline award and Asiana Airlines took all the economy class awards.

The top ten airlines of 2016 are:

1.Emirates

2.Qatar Airways

3.Singapore Airlines

4. Cathay Pacific

5.ANA All Nippon Airways

6.Etihad Airways

7.Turkish Airlines

8.EVA Air

9.Qantas Airways

10.Lufthansa

Aegean Airlines 

Best Regional Airline in Europe 

Aeroflot Russian Airlines 

Best Airline in Eastern Europe 

Air Astana 

Best Airline in Central Asia / India 

Best Airline Staff Service in Central Asia / India 

Air France 

Best First Class Airline Lounge Dining 

Best First Class Comfort Amenities 

Air New Zealand 

World's Best Premium Economy Class Cabin 

World's Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat 

AirAsia 

World's Best Low-Cost Airline 

Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia 

AirAsia X 

World's Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin 

World's Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat 

ANA All Nippon Airways 

World's Best Airport Services 

Best Airline Staff Service in Asia 

Asiana Airlines 

World's Best Economy Class 

Best Economy Seat 

Best Economy Class Onboard Catering 

Austrian 

Best Airline Staff Service in Europe 

Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras 

Best Low-Cost Airline in South America 

Best Airline Staff in South America 

Bangkok Airways 

World's Best Regional Airline 

Best Regional Airline in Asia 

Cathay Pacific Airways 

World's Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness 

Best First Class Airline Lounge 

Copa Airlines 

Best Airline in Central America / Caribbean 

Best Regional Airline in Central America / Caribbean 

Best Airline Staff Service in Central America / Caribbean 

Emirates 

World's Best Airline (Airline of the Year) 

World's Best Airline Inflight Entertainment 

Ethiopian Airlines 

Best Airline Staff Service in Africa 

Etihad Airways 

World's Best First Class 

Best First Class Seat 

Best First Class Onboard Catering 

EVA Air 

Best Airline Transpacific 

Best Business Class Comfort Amenities 

Finnair 

Best Airline in Northern Europe 

flyDubai 

Best Low Cost Airline in the Middle East 

Garuda Indonesia 

World's Best Cabin Crew 

Hainan Airlines 

Best Airline in China 

Best Airline Staff Service in China 

Hawaiian Airlines 

Best Airline Staff Service in North America 

Indigo 

Best Low-Cost Airline in Central Asia / India 

Jetstar Airways 

Best Low-Cost Airline in Australia / Pacific 

Juneyao Airlines 

Best Regional Airline in China 

Kulula 

Best Low Cost Airline in Africa 

LAN Airlines 

Best Airline in South America 

Lufthansa 

Best Airline in Western Europe 

Best Airline Transatlantic 

Norwegian 

World's Best Long Haul Low-Cost Airline 

Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe 

Plaza Premium 

World's Best Independent Airport Lounge 

Porter Airlines 

Best Regional Airline in North America 

Qantas 

Best Airline Australia in Pacific 

Best Airline Staff in Australia / Pacific 

Best Premium Economy Onboard Catering 

Qatar Airways 

World's Best Business Class 

Best Business Class Airline Lounge 

Best Airline Staff in the Middle East 

Royal Air Maroc 

Best Regional Airline in Africa 

Singapore Airlines 

Best Airline in Asia 

Best Business Class Airline Seat 

Sky Airline 

Best Regional Airline South America 

South African Airways 

Best Airline in Africa 

Spring Airlines 

Best Low-Cost Airline in China 

Star Alliance 

World's Best Airline Alliance 

World's Best Airline Alliance Lounge 

Thai Airways 

World's Most Improved Airline 

Best Airline Lounge Spa Facility 

Thomson Airways 

World's Best Leisure Airline 

Turkish Airlines 

Best Airline in Europe 

Best Airline in Southern Europe 

Best Business Class Airline Catering 

Best Business Class Lounge Dining 

Virgin America 

Best Airline in North America 

Best Low-Cost Airline in North America

By Cleofe Maceda

 


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