The Jakarta Post
Qatar Airways once again takes home the prize as “best airline” at the World Airline Awards, while Indonesia’s flag carrier has dropped out of the top 10. (Shutterstock/PhotonCatcher)
At the 2019 World Airline Awards ceremony held on Tuesday, Qatar Airways took home the prize as the “best airline” for the fifth time, while Indonesia’s flag carrier dropped out of the top 10.
Initiated by UK-based consultancy and airline and airport reviewer Skytrax, the annual event is often referred to as the ‘Oscars in the world of aviation’.
Garuda Indonesia – ranked ninth last year – has dropped to 12th place in the latest assessment, reported kompas.com.
It was overtaken by Australia’s Qantas Airways, which rose to the eighth place from the 11th last year.
Winner Qatar Airways also received three other prestigious awards for best business class, best business class seat and best airline in the Middle East.
Qatar Airways is the only airline in the competition’s history to clinch the prize as best airline five times.
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“We are thrilled to be globally recognized by our customers by winning these four prestigious awards. Being the first airline to be named ‘airline of the year’ for the fifth time is a landmark achievement and, combined with three other major Skytrax awards, is a testament to the tireless efforts of the entire Qatar Airways team,” said Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker in a statement.
Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted said the awards were given entirely independent of each airline’s customer base, as travelers from more than 100 countries had voted for their favorite airline in a survey with 21.65 million eligible submissions. (nik/kes)
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