Emirates named world’s best airline in 2016 Skytrax awards

Farnborough, England (CNN)The world’s best airline for 2016 is Emirates, according to a survey of millions of airline passengers conducted by Skytrax.

The international airline, based in Dubai, won the top honors at Tuesday’s Skytrax World Airline Awards ceremony at the Farnborough International Airshow in England.
As jet engines screamed from the Farnborough airfield and thousands of visiting aviation geeks explored the airshow, smiling flight attendants dressed in brightly colored uniforms stepped to the stage as each award was announced.
    The survey underscores the consistency of the quality service among the world’s top carriers, said Edward Plaisted, Skytrax CEO.
    “The Middle East airlines have continued to dominate,” Plaisted said after the ceremony. “Virgin America continues dominating on the customer side in North America. Turkish Airlines is a big favorite.”
    The awards run the gamut from 73 categories from best economy class onboard catering to best airline staff to best seats to best cabin cleanliness.
    The top 10 best airlines were named as:
    1. Emirates
    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
    10. Lufthansa
    Other winners included:
    Transatlantic Airline: Lufthansa
    Transpacific Airline: Eva Air
    North American Regional Airline: Porter Airline
    Airline Staff in Asia: ANA airlines
    Regional European Airline: Aegean
    Airline lounge: Star Alliance
    Airline in Southern Europe: Turkish Airlines
    Airline in Northern Europe: FinnAir
    Airline in Western Europe: Lufthansa
    Airline in Eastern Europe: Aeroflot
    Airline in Africa: South African Airways
    Airline in Australia/Pacific: Qantas
    Airline in Central Asia: Air Astana
    Airline in China: Hainan Airlines
    Airline in Central America/Caribbean: Copa Airlines
    Airline in S. America: LAN Airlines
    Airline in N. America: Virgin America
    Airline in Asia: Singapore Airlines
    Airline in Middle East: Emirates
    Airline in Europe: Turkish Airlines
    Low-cost airline in Australia & Pacific: JetStar Airways
    Low-cost airline in Asia: AirAsia
    Low-cost airline in Central Asia & India: IndiGo
    Low-cost airline in China: Spring Airlines
    Low-cost airline in South America: Azul Brazil
    Low-cost airline in North America: Virgin America
    Low-cost airline in Europe: Norwegian
    Lounge dining business class: Turkish
    First class lounge dining: Air France
    Airline staff service Africa: Ethiopia Airlines
    Airline staff service Aus Pac: Qantas

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/12/aviation/worlds-best-airlines-2016-skytrax/index.html

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