PARIS – Global airline ranking service, Skytrax, announced the winners of the 2017 World Airline Awards at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday.
Often referred to as the Oscars of the airline industry, Skytrax awards are highly prestigious and are considered the gold standard in determining the world’s top airlines. 19.87 million entries from 160 countries were used to determine the winner of each award.
World’s Top Airline: Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways was awarded “World’s Top Airline” for the fourth time in the airline’s history. Qatar also won awards for “Best Airline in the Middle East,” “World’s Best Business Class,” and “World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.”
“For Qatar Airways to be named the World’s Best Airline, particularly at this critical point in time, is a significant testimony of our passengers’ belief and trust in our unwavering commitment to deliver only the best. This award is also a reflection of the hard work and dedication of every employee at Qatar Airways. Our recognition at Skytrax this year is especially important as these awards are voted by travelers. To them, I offer my sincere thanks, and I look forward to welcoming them on board soon”, said Qatar Airways Group Cheif Executive, Akbar Al Baker.
— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) June 20, 2017
Best Airline in Europe: Lufthansa
Lufthansa was awarded “Best Airline in Europe.”
“The service offered by our crews onboard and on the ground as well as our investments over the past few years in the fitting of our cabins and lounges, in addition to the service and digitalization, have paid off. The Skytrax Award is evidence that Lufthansa passengers appreciate our quality. The combination of premium service and excellent facilities has impressed passengers worldwide and made us Europe’s number one. Our offer has never been better.” said Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO at Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
Lufthansa was also awarded several smaller awards including “Best Airline in Western Europe” and “Best First Class Lounge Dining.”
Best Low-Cost Carrier: AirAsia
AirAsia was awarded “Best Low-cost Carrier” for the 9th year in a row.
AirAsia Group founder, Tony Fernandez, was ecstatic about the award saying: “Today, Asean has created a world record. We are now nine times world champion. To put it into perspective, Brazil won the FIFA World Cup five times, Michael Jordan was NBA champion six times and Michael Phelps holds the record for most first place finishes at a single Olympics with eight gold medals. We take the world champion title seriously and we will strive to continue to improve for both our guests and shareholders.”
Fernandez continued: “Over the last 15 years we have created a great brand and over the next 15, we want to move towards One AirAsia, a truly Asean community airline. We also want to recreate ourselves as a digital airline and use technology to drive more value. We are humbled for the support shown by our valued guests and we thank them for voting for us nine times in a row. We asked David and Roberto to accept this award with Suhaila to inspire our staff to emulate these two amazing gentleman in music and sports to be world champion and be the very best in all they do.”
Best Airline in North America: Air Canada
— Air Canada (@AirCanada) June 20, 2017
Air Canada was awarded “Best Airline in North America” for the sixth time in eight years.
“We are delighted to be recognized as the Best Airline in North America by Skytrax based on the opinions of those who know us best: our customers. This award is a significant milestone in the transformation of Air Canada into one of the world’s leading carriers and is all the more meaningful given the increased competition in our industry,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada.
“I thank our employees for their hard work and dedication in helping us earn this distinction and I thank our customers for their loyalty and support as we have expanded our reach across the globe. As we celebrate our 80th year in 2017, we are extremely proud to be Canada’s flag carrier, North America’s Best Airline and its only Four Star network carrier,” added Mr. Rovinescu.
Many smaller awards were presented at the World Airline Awards. Other notable winners include Garuda Indonesia for Best Cabin Staff, Emirates for best inflight entertainment, and Eva Air for best cabin cleanliness.
For a full list of this year’s Skytrax award winners, visit airlinequality.com.