No surprise, oneworld® did it again and has been named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 for the third year running in the World Airline Awards presented by the independent Skytrax airline quality ratings agency. The award confirms oneworld’s position as the most highly prized global airline alliance.
oneworld is the current holder of an unprecedented six of the nine “best airline alliance” titles available in the leading international industry award schemes. Besides the Skytrax honour, oneworld is also:
• FlightStat’s 2014 Airline Alliance On-Time Performance Service Award for the second time running.
• Business Traveller’s 2014 Best Airline Alliance for the second year running.
• Global Traveler magazine’s Best Airline Alliance in its GT Tested Reader Survey 2014 Awards for the fifth year running.
• World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Airline Alliance 2014, for the 12th year running.
• Premier Traveler’s Best of 2014 Readers Survey Best Airline Alliance for the second consecutive year.
oneworld member airlines also flew high in the Skytrax 2015 World Airline Awards, with Qatar Airways taking the top Airline of the Year title, held the previous year by fellow oneworld member Cathay Pacific, and winning back the award it held in both 2012 and 2011.
Qatar Airways in addition received the awards for the World’s Best Business Class Seat and Best Airline in Middle East.
Japan Airlines took top honours for Best Economy Class Seat.
Cathay Pacific was named Best Transpacific Airline, while its affiliate Dragonair, which is also part of oneworld, too the trophy for the World’s Best Regional Airline.
LAN Airlines and Qantas each won two top prizes. LAN Airlines was named Best Airline in South America with Best Airline Staff Service in South America, with its sister TAM Airlines, also part of oneworld, runner up in both classes. LAN and TAM between them have won the Best Airline in South America title for past seven years.
Qantas was judged Best Airline in Australia/Pacific, and Best Business Class Comfort Amenities.
Also among with winners was Finnair, as Best Airline in Northern Europe for the sixth year running.
Skytrax’s World Airline Awards are based on the results of a survey of some 18 million travellers from more than 160 countries, in what the agency describes as the only truly global, independent passenger survey of airline standards.
Covering more than 200 airlines, it analyses customer satisfaction for the overall airline passenger experience across more than 40 areas on the ground and in the air, from check-in to boarding, seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food, beverages, in-flight entertainment and staff service.
The awards were presented at a ceremony this morning at the Paris Air Show. oneworld Vice-President Corporate Communications received the Best Airline Alliance Award, on behalf of oneworld, from Skytrax Chairman Edward Plaisted.
oneworld’s Michael Blunt said: “oneworld aims to be the first choice alliance for frequent international travelers the world over, with quality one of our core values, so we very much appreciate being judged best in the biggest independent survey of international air travellers for the third year in a row.”