Earlier this week, Skytrax, the airline review and ranking website, named Emirates as 2016’s World’s Best Airline. The annual award collected data from 19.2 million surveys covering 280 airlines from more than 104 countries. It also measured quality standards across 41 key indicators of products and services in the airline industry.
The Dubai-based carrier has received the title three times in the past 15 years, winning the accolade in 2001, 2002 and in 2013. During the awards ceremony, Emirates also bagged the World's Best Inflight Entertainment award for the 12th consecutive year.
“We are honoured to be recognised by the prestigious Skytrax awards,” said Tim Clark, the President of Emirates. “Emirates has always put our customers at the heart of what we do, and we work hard to deliver the very best experience possible to our customers at every touchpoint, every day, all around the world.”
Last year’s winner, Qatar Airways, slid to number two, but not without winning the World's Best Business Class. Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines was voted as the Best Airline in Asia and Cathay Pacific Airways picked up the award for the Best First Class Lounge thanks to its recently refurbished facilities in Hong Kong.
Garuda Indonesia was ranked at number 11 out of 280 airlines. Last year the Indonesia’s flagship carrier was placed in the eight positions.
The airlines ranked in order:
2. Qatar Airways
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Cathay Pacific
5. ANA All Nippon Airways
6. Etihad Airways
7. Turkish Airlines
8. EVA Air
9. Qantas Airways