Qatar Airways named Skytrax's Best Airline, SIA tops Best Business Class

Qatar Airways named Skytrax's Best Airline, SIA tops Best Business Class
Mr Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, accepting the award with his employees.
PHOTO: Qatar Airways

The battle of the annual best airlines showdown at the Skytrax World Airline Awards saw Qatar Airways toppling last year's winner, Singapore Airlines (SIA), to reign as top airline of 2015.

Leading aviation consumer website Skytrax also awarded the airline the top accolades for Best Airline in the Middle East and a place in the World's Best Business Class Airlines category. Edging out Qatar Airways, SIA topped the World's Best Business Class Airlines award.

Qatar Airways has made some improvements in the recent years including the launch of the world's largest Business Class lounge, Al Mourjan, at the Hamad International Airport, complete revamp of the airline's in-flight entertainment system, new on-board menus and more.

The airline's group chief executive officer, Mr Akbar Al Baker, thanked his employees and customers for the award, and said that retaining such a ranking takes commitment.

This year's awards was based on independent surveys from close to 20 million passengers in 110 around the world to judge the airlines on everything from their quality of food to the friendliness of their cabin crew.

In the list of the Top 10 Airlines of 2015, Asian carriers dominated the list with SIA and Cathay Pacific Airways coming in first and second runners-up respectively, and ANA All Nippon Airways, Garuda Indonesia and EVA Air placing seventh, eighth and ninth spots.

Asian airlines also swept all the spots in the World's Cleanest Aircraft Cabins and World's Best Cabin Staff.

EVA Air, SIA and ANA All Nippon Airways took the top three spots in the World's Cleanest Aircraft Cabins, while Garuda Indonesia, Cathay Pacific Airways and SIA bagged the top spots for having the World's Best Cabin Staff.

At the awards ceremony in Paris, AirAsia was named top low-cost airline for the seventh consecutive year running.

The award came just six months after an AirAsia aircraft crashed into the Java Sea on December 28, 2014. 162 passengers onboard the QZ8501 plane were killed, according to CNN.

Mr Tony Fernandes, the group chief executive officer of AirAsia, dedicated the award to his 17,000 "AirAsia Allstars" employees and said in a statement that the company has become stronger despite the many challenges faced in the past year.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg 

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