Skytrax World Airlines Award 2015

The Skytrax World Airline Awards for 2015 were held at the Paris Air Show this week, dominated by the Middle Eastern carriers and won overall by Qatar Airways.

Not only did Qatar win airline of the year but also scooped Middle Eastern airline of the year (I guess that goes without saying) and the very prestigious “World’s Best Business Class Seat” award. (“Overall world’s best business class” went to Qantas who just made it to the top 10) The American carriers continue to fail miserably even “Best Airline in North America” was won by a British based carrier - Virgin America, followed by Air Canada, In fact Delta Airlines who got third in their home category only just scrape into the overall top 50, and American Airlines finish in a dismal 79th position, below Ethiopian Airlines and Azerbaijan Airlines.

You would think that these massive carriers with vast route networks and infrastructure would do much better in these awards, but as one person on twitter put it-

“If U.S. carriers didn't spend so much of their time trying to devise new ways to fleece their passengers, and concentrated on customer service and inflight hospitality, they might make the list”

British Airways just made it into the top 20 with a surprising 37th place for Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic so even us Brits have a lesson to take from the Middle Eastern carriers.

Amongst the low cost airlines Easyjet climbed a few places to 39th there was no mention of Ryanair in the top 100, and neither were they mentioned in the “Best Low Cost Airlines of Europe”, the winner of that award was Norwegian. In fact you have to go back as far as 2009 to find any mention of Ryanair in the awards and clearly they don’t take things too seriously as the quote from Mr O’Leary that year was “We decided not to treat our passengers like the odious reptiles we consider them to be, it’s been very difficult.”

Got to Love Michael, in this day and age of political correctness and fear of offending people we need more mavericks like Mr O’Leary who just tells it like it is.


  1. 1. Qatar Airways
  2. 2. Singapore Airlines
  3. 3. Cathay Pacific Airways
  4. 4. Turkish Airlines
  5. 5. Emirates
  6. 6. Etihad Airways
  7. 7. ANA All Nippon Airways
  8. 8. Garuda Indonesia
  9. 9. EVA Air
  10. 10. Qantas Airways