Skytrax names Qatar Airways best airline of 2015
Qatar Airways has been voted the world’s best airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards, informs CNN.
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.
Qatar has won the top prize twice before, in 2011 and 2012, and twice been voted runner-up; the airline also took home prizes for best airline in the Middle East an best business class seat.
“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: ANA, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, EVA, Garuda Indonesia, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines. (Skytrax has yet to announce the top 10 order).
AirAsia was voted best low-cost airline for the seventh year in a row, six months after one of its planes, QZ8501 crashed into the Java Sea killing all 162 people on board.