Qatar Airways has been announced as the world’s best airline at this year’s SKYTRAX World Airline Awards, according to a global passenger survey.
The awards are the showpiece of the airline recognition calendar, handing out titles to a number of airlines across several categories, and are often referred to as “the Oscars of the aviation industry”.
The significance of SKYTRAX awards is backed up by the monitor’s independent judging process, excluding external corporate influences altogether.
According to the company, more than 19-million survey entries from 105 different countries contributed to the results, comparing a whopping 325 airlines according to an industry-specific set of criteria.
Qatar, despite its recent embargo by several neighbouring nations, also scooped up the World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best First Class Lounge and Best Airline in the Middle East awards.
Singapore Airlines came up just short for the top prize, but did win Best Airline in Asia, among other things.
Other major winners include Emirates with Best Inflight Entertainment, AirAsia with World’s Best Low-Cost Airline, Etihad with World’s Best First Class, and Bangkok Airways with World’s Best Regional Airline.
Back home, meanwhile, Ethiopian Airlines won Best African Airline, while new kid on the block fastjet is now Africa’s Best Low-Cost Airline.
“The award is a welcome accolade and suggests that fastjet is on the right trajectory,” says fastjet CEO Nico Bezuidenhout. “We offer a solid product that offers exacting standards across all the check-boxes.”
The full list of winners can be seen here.