Singapore – Move, Singapore girl? Qatar Airways (QTR) took first place as the best airline for 2019, according to Skytrax. It is not the first time the Middle East carrier has done it, having ranked first four times in the last decade – in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017.
In fact, the QTR is the only carrier that has won the award five times in 10 years. He came in second place last year when SIA took first place.
By 2019, QTR is also the Skytrax winner in the World's Best Business Class, Best Business Class and Best Airline category in the Middle East.
Not that Singapore Airlines has done very badly, however. It is still number two on the list, it won the award for best seat, category and best airline in Asia and ranked 4th in the list of the world's cleanest airlines.
And maybe the girl from Singapore does not have to move after all, since SIA also received the top prize for best cabin crew.
The awards were presented at the World Airline Awards in 2019 in Paris on June 18, Tuesday.
It was a particularly good night for Asian airlines, which have captured more than half of the top ten places on the world list. Philippine Air Lines also won a major victory as the world's most improved airline, and Bangkok Airways received the award for best regional airline in the world. Japan's All-Nippon Airways received the award for best airport services in the world.
Akbar Al Baker, executive director of the QTR Group, said on receiving the Skytrax Top Award: "We are thrilled to be recognized globally by our customers by winning these four prestigious awards. Becoming the first airline to be named "Airline of the Year" for the fifth time is a landmark achievement and combined with three other significant Skytrax awards is a testament to the untiring efforts of the entire Qatar Airways team . It is a proud moment for the airline, as our constant standards of innovation and service set the benchmark in our industry. "
The top 10 carriers this year are All Nippon Airways (3rd) from Japan, Cathay Pacific (4th) from Hong Kong and Emirates (5th), followed by Eva Air, Hainan Airlines, Qantas Airways, Lufthansa and Thai Airways respectively.
Across the spectrum, the top five airlines this year are S7 Airlines, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Flynas, Air China and Icelandair.
Skytrax has been monitoring and rating the performance of the world's carriers for the past 19 years. Analyzes of 20 million people from 100 different countries were taken into account by Skytrax from September 2018 to May 2019 for this year's results. The awards granted by Skytrax are indeed very prestigious, often regarded by the media and the public around the world as the "Oscar of the aviation industry".
According to Skytrax's Edward Plaisted, "Being recognized as the World's Best Airline is a great recognition of Qatar Airways' high standards and recognizes the hard work and dedication of all team members to satisfy customers. Achieving this recognition for the fifth time is a remarkable achievement and we congratulate you on this unique success.
All of today's award-winning airlines are voted by customers, and the focus of our annual survey is that travelers make their own personal choices about which airlines they consider to be the best.
We operate the research and awards in a 100% independent and unbiased format in line with the commitment we made in 1999, and although each winner may not be everyone's favorite, those who disagree should understand that it is the " . / TISG
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