28 JULY 2014
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The 2014 Skytrax Airline Awards coincided with Farnborough Air Show, taking advantage of the many CEOs and senior airline executives in the UK for the show.
This year’s venue was the Wind Tunnel Q121 (the former Royal Aircraft Establishment).
Aircraft from Spitfires to Concorde were tested in this now disused facility which served as a unique venue for the event attracting over 250 industry guests.
Surveyed were 245 airlines. As Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax, pointed out at the event, the survey is held in high esteem owing to its rigorously applied rules of complete independence with no links to any airline or any industry association.
Of note in the roll call – Qatar Airways scooped three awards: Best Business Class Airline Lounge; Best Airline in the Middle East and World’s Best Business Class; Air Astana, who took the accolade for the third consecutive year as Best Airline in Central Asia/India and Best Airline Staff Service in Central Asia/India. Hainan Airlines who won Best Airline in China, Best Airline Staff Service in China and Best Airline Business Class Comfort Amenities. Turkish Airlines was named Best Airline in Europe, Best Business Class Airline Catering, Best Business Class Lounge Dining and Best Airline in Southern Europe.
Best airline of the year 2014 went to Cathay Pacific. www.airlinequality.com
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