The Skytrax World Airline Awards were recently announced and among the top 10 there is something missing. There’s not a single American airline listed. In fact, there isn’t a U.S. Airline in the top 100.
The Skytrax awards are tributes to quality in the world airline industry, and they are based on feedback from travelers from across the globe.
Top 10 Airlines of 2015
The World Airline Awards are looked at as a global benchmark of airline excellence and are often referred to as the Passengers Choice Awards. This year’s top 10 includes:
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- Cathay Pacific Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- ANA All Nippon Airways
- Garuda Indonesia
- EVA Air
- Qantas Airways
In other awards handed out by Skytrax, Singapore Airlines received the award for the World’s Best Airline Business Class, with Qatar Airways having the Best Business Class Airline seat, and Turkish Airlines designated as having the world’s Best Business Class airline lounge.
For those looking for cheap flights, AirAsia received the World’s Best Low-Cost airline award for the seventh year in a row after tallying the global ratings achieved by all low-cost carriers.
It is based not just on cost but on customer satisfaction and staff service in both the cabin and the airport itself. Norwegian was awarded the world’s Best Long Haul Low-Cost Airline and Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe.
The World Airline Awards began back in 1999 after Skytrax started its first global, airline passenger satisfaction survey. In 2000, the survey was completed by more than 2 million users, and as of 2013-2014 they had almost 19 million people complete the survey.
So why don’t we see a U.S. airlines represented? Looking at the airlines in this country we don’t have many that fly overseas while we do have many airlines from elsewhere around the world that come here to provide the service.