Qatar Airways has been voted the best airline in the world for 2015 in the latest Skytrax World Airline Awards.
Last year’s winner, Cathay Pacific, moved to third place, beaten by Singapore Airlines, which took second place. Cathay has received the World’s Best Airline honour four times – the only airline to achieve such a feat. The carrier also took the title in 2003, 2005 and 2009.
Qatar has for years been among the hot favourites, the winner twice (2011 and 2012) and twice runner up.
The Skytrax awards are judged by 18.9 million passengers in 110 countries worldwide. They vote on factors ranging from in-flight meals to comfort and friendliness of cabin crew.
Qantas scraped into the Top 10, voted 10th on the list. Others in the Top 10 included Emirates (5th), Etihad (6th) and Turkish Airlines (4th). Garuda Indonesia took 8th place.
Local carriers further down the list included Virgin Australia at 16th, just beating its partner Air New Zealand (17th). Thai Airways came 19th; Malaysia Airlines 24th.
The Top 10 this year are:
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- Cathay Pacific Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- ANA All Nippon Airways
- Garuda Indonesia
- EVA Air
- Qantas Airways
Despite the fatal crash of flight QZ8501 last year, AirAsia won the best low-cost airline category for 2015 – for the seventh consecutive year.
The airline’s co-founder and group chief executive, Tony Fernandes, told CNN the award “meant a lot, after all we’ve been through”.
The full Skytrax list of the world’s top 100 airlines for 2015 can be viewed here.
Written by Peter Needham