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Skytrax World Airline Awards announced

3rd April 2009 - 08:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The World Airline Awards organised by Skytrax have celebrated their 10th anniversary with an event at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.

The 34 category winners are selected by airline customers, with more than 16 million passengers, representing 95 different nationalities, taking part in this year's Skytrax World Airline Survey. The awards are recognised for being the only truly global, independent passenger survey of airline standards. The survey does not receive any outside or third-party sponsorship; it is entirely funded by Skytrax Research.


AirAsia took the global award for the best low-fare airline as judged in the category, Best Low-Cost Airline. The full list of winners reads:

Airline of the Year: Cathay Pacific

Best Cabin Staff: Malaysia Airlines
Best Inflight Entertainment: Emirates
Best First Class: Singapore Airlines
Best Business Class: Etihad Airways
Best Premium Economy Class: Virgin Atlantic
Best Economy Class: Qatar Airways
Best Low Cost Airline: AirAsia

Best Low-Cost Airline - Asia: AirAsia
Best Low-Cost Airline - Australasia: Jetstar
Best Low-Cost Airline - Europe: Air Berlin
Best Low-Cost Airline - North America: JetBlue Airways
Best Low-Cost Airline - Middle East: Air Arabia

Best Airline - Africa: South African Airways
Best Airline - Asia: Cathay Pacific
Best Airline - Australasia: Qantas
Best Airline - China: China Southern Airlines
Best Airline - Europe: Swiss
Best Airline - Middle East: Qatar Airways
Best Airline - North America: Continental Airlines
Best Airline - South America: LAN Airlines
Best Airline - Central Europe: CSA Czech Airlines
Best Airline - Southern Europe: Turkish Airlines
Best Airline - India/Central Asia: Kingfisher Airlines

Best Transatlantic Airline: British Airways
Best Transpacific Airline: Asiana Airlines

Best First Class Onboard Catering: Singapore Airlines
Best Business Class Onboard Catering: Etihad Airways
Best Economy Class Onboard Catering: Asiana Airlines
Best First Class Airline Lounge: Thai Airways
Best Business Class Airline Lounge: Virgin Atlantic

Best Airline Alliance: Star Alliance

Best Regional Airline - Asia: Bangkok Airways
Best Regional Airline - Europe: Aegean Airlines

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