The latest Skytrax World Airline Awards, which rank global airlines in a number of categories, have been released.
The awards, established in 1999, judge airlines on everything from the quality of their food and the comfort of their seats to the friendliness of their cabin crew. They are compiled from the world’s largest airline passenger satisfaction survey, and operate “independent of airline involvement, sponsorship or third-party influence,” according to Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted.
Qatar Airways, which won the top prize in 2011 and 2012, has been voted the world’s best airline of 2015. Australian airline Qantas also made the cut, ranking #10 on the list.
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. Other awards went to Garuda Indonesia, whose cabin crew was rated best in the world, while Air France was hailed as the “most improved” airline, and Asiana, Air New Zealand and Austrian Airlines for best in-flight meals.
Check out The Top Ten List below to see the rankings, as well as the hubs and perks for each airline:
1. Qatar Airways
(Doha International Airport)
Highlight: Award-winning customer service and amazing seat-back entertainment systems with 2,000-plus options.
2. Singapore Airlines
(Singapore Changi Airport)
Highlight: Extra-roomy economy-class seating and Wi-Fi onboard; Changi Airport’s amenities (the rooftop pool says it all) on the ground.
3. Cathay Pacific Airways
(Hong Kong International Airport)
Highlight: In-flight technology, from personal-device streaming to your seatback TV to universal outlets at every seat.
4. Turkish Airlines
(Istanbul Ataturk Airport)
Highlight: Free stopovers in Istanbul en route to Europe, plus a top-notch airport lounge with massages and a golf simulator.
(Dubai International Airport)
Highlight: Connections all over the world, with surprisingly affordable fares from the East Coast, as well as free Wi-Fi.
6. Etihad Airways
(Abu Dhabi International Airport)
Highlight: The countless in-flight amenities, including “do not disturb” sleep masks, toothbrushes, and children’s activity sets.
7. ANA All Nippon Airways
(Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport in Tokyo)
Highlight: Comfy economy-class seats (with an unheard-of 34-inch pitch) as well as extra-large seatback screens.
8. Garuda Indonesia
(Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta and Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali)
Highlight: Besides flights to Bali? Top ratings for cabin staff, aircraft cleanliness, and economy-class food options.
9. EVA Air
(Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport)
Highlight: Hello Kitty planes. That is all. Oh, and tasty in-flight Taiwanese cuisine like congee for breakfast.
(Brisbane Airport, Melbourne Airport, Sydney Airport)
Highlight: The recently refurbished planes with self-serve snacks.