AirAsia crowned World's Best Low Cost Airline for 9th time at Skytrax

Ray Weaver
June 22, 2017

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by global air transport rating organization Skytrax.

Qatar Airways' patented new seat design has itself already gained industry notoriety after receiving the Best Airline Innovation of the Year award at the 2017 ULTRAS (Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards) for its launch of Qsuite.

Other carriers included in this year's top 10 airlines list include Singapore, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad and Lufthansa.

As for category rankings, the airline came in third for World's Best Inflight Entertainment and World's Best Business Class, fourth for World's Best Premium Economy Class, fifth for World's Best First Class, World's Best Economy Class, and World's Best Cabin Staff, as well as ninth for World's Best Airlines Cabin Cleanliness. The survey covered 320 airlines worldwide and evaluated nearly 50 indicators across ground and airport services, on-board product and cabin service. Back in 2016, former Tech Insider video producer Grace Raver flew business class on a 7 hour Qatar Airways flight from Bangkok to Doha on an A380-800 Airbus.

In addition to its global win, Air Transat was recently voted Best Charter Airline at the 18th annual Agents' Choice Awards, conducted by Canadian Travel Press, Travel Courier and, for the 10th consecutive year. Travelers across the globe take part each year in the world's largest airline passenger satisfaction survey to decide the winners.

Also, CEO of flynas, Mr. Paul Byrne, says: "These awards mean a great deal to us in the flynas family". We also want to recreate ourselves as a digital airline and use technology to drive more value.

AirAsia and AAX have won a combined 25 Skytrax World Airline Awards since the awards were introduced in 2001. Last year, Emirates, a regional rival, stole the show.

"Maintaining its leading position in its region, Turkish Airlines continues to be rewarded by passengers from all over the world". This also includes an outright ban on Qatar Airways from their airspace. This followed an announcement by the airline on installing a 10-seat configuration in its economy-class cabins next year - a move which some passengers have criticised.

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