2012-07-13 00:51:36 UTC
...With imported Anglo-Saxon 'scab labours' managing Qantas, this shouldn't
be a surprise!!
World's best airline named as Qantas plummets in rankings
July 13, 2012 - 10:35AM
Qantas has plunged while rival Virgin Australia has surged in the annual
awards ranking the world's best airlines.
For the second year in a row, Qatar Airways took out the Airline of the Year
award for best airline in the world.
Qantas fell out of the World Airline Awards' top 10 for the first time,
dropping to number 15 from number eight last year. The airline's ranking has
sunk every year since 2008, when it peaked at number three. This year's drop
comes in the wake of last year's industrial dispute that saw CEO Alan Joyce
ground the airline's entire fleet in October, affecting about 68,000
Virgin Australia, conversely, has surged up the rankings 20 places, up to
12th spot from 32nd last year.
Virgin Australia also took out the awards for best airline and best airline
staff service in the Australia-Pacific region.
Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted said the awards were "something of a victory
over the more established legacy carriers that have previously taken the top
prizes in these categories".
Virgin Australia's Mark Hassal said that the new products the airline has
introduced over the past 18 months were "making a real difference".
Virgin Australia is locked in a heated battle with Qantas for business class
passengers, increasing capacity and bringing lie-flat seating on to domestic
flights. The war has resulted in business class fares hitting a 20-year low.
Among local budget airlines, Jetstar was named best low-cost carrier for
Still in our region, Air New Zealand had a worse showing than Qantas,
dropping to number 17 in the worldwide rankings after reaching 7th last
The World Airline Awards are determined by passenger surveys conducted by
research firm Skytrax, who surveyed 28 million passengers at airports around
The awards were announced last night at the Farnborough Air Show in the UK.
Plaisted congratulated Qatar Airways on the airline's second consecutive
win, pointing out that the carrier had rapidly climbed the rankings from its
number eight spot six years ago.
"The award reflects opinions of passengers around the world, and is based on
every customer type across all cabins - be they business or leisure,
frequent or first-time flyers," Plaisted said.
Several other awards were announced, including best first-class seats
(Cathay Pacific), best business-class seats (Oman Air), best inflight
entertainment (Emirates) and best premium economy seats (Air New Zealand).
World's best airlines 2012
Previous year's ranking in brackets.
1. Qatar Airways (1)
2. Asiana Airlines (3)
3. Singapore Airlines (2)
4. Cathay Pacific Airways (4)
5. ANA All Nippon Airways (11)
6. Etihad Airways (6)
7. Turkish Airlines (9)
8. Emirates (10)
9. Thai Airways International (5)
10. Malaysia Airlines (12)
11. Garuda Indonesia (19)
12. Virgin Australia (32)
13. EVA Air (16)
14. Lufthansa (15)
15. Qantas Airways (8)
16. Korean Air (24)
17. Air New Zealand (7)
18. Swiss Int'l Air Lines (13)
19. Air Canada (21)
20. Hainan Airlines (23)