• Skytrax World Airline Awards, the ‘Oscars’ of aviation

As in almost all sectors, aviation also has awards that recognise quality and excellence, in this case, of airlines and airports.

The World Airline Awards, created by the company Skytrax, are awarded every year by passengers and are currently the most coveted awards in aviation worldwide. Do you want to know more? Then stay in touch with us as today we are going to tell you more about them.

Skytrax, the company behind the World Airline Awards

Founded in 1989, Skytrax is an American consultancy company that analyses and compares the quality of airlines and airports around the world.

Every year, the company analyses more than 500 airports and 500 airlines, assessing aspects such as boarding efficiency, the quality of airport lounges and punctuality of journeys.

But how does it do it? To produce its annual report, Skytrax conducts massive surveys of more than 13 million passengers. Crazy, isn’t it?

The good research work they carry out has led them to become a benchmark in terms of aeronautical awards, being considered, as we have already mentioned in the title, as the ‘Oscars of aviation’.

What the Skytrax awards evaluate

In order to draw up the reports, Skytrax examines an infinite number of factors, all of which are related to passenger service. These factors can be divided into three categories:

  • In-flight products. This measures the quality of the products and services offered to passengers inside the aircraft. Within this category, we find aspects such as the comfort of the seat, the cleanliness of the services, the quality of the food in the plane or the speed of the internet on board.
  • Cabin service. Evaluates the service and treatment of the crew on board. Some of the factors in this category are the number of messages to passengers during the flight, the linguistic level of the crew or assistance to people with special needs.
  • Ground or airport service. Within its statistics, Skytrax also evaluates the level of different airports and VIP areas, such as the waiting time at security checkpoints, the speed of baggage delivery after the flight or the variety and quality of catering.

World Airline Awards winners 2023

The latest edition of the Skytrax awards, held last September, honoured the top 10 airlines of the year, which were:

  1. Singapore Airlines
  2. Qatar Airways
  3. ANA All Nippon Airways
  4. Emirates
  5. Japan Airlines
  6. Turkish Airlines
  7. Air France
  8. Cathay Pacific Airways
  9. EVA Air
  10. Korean Air

Singapore Airlines has been in the top 3 for several times. So it was time for Singapore Airlines to win in 2023.

Other awards for airlines

  • World’s Cleanest Airline

    ANA All Nippon Airways

  • World’s Best Airline Cabin Crew

    Garuda Indonesia

  • Best Airlines in Europe

    Turkish Airlines

  • World’s Best Long Haul Low-Cost Airline


  • World’s Best Business Class

    Qatar Airways

  • World’s Best Economy Class

    Japan Airlines

Has any Spanish airline ever received a Skytrax award?

Spanish airlines have never entered the absolute podium of the Skytrax awards, but they do come out well in the overall ranking. Let’s take a brief look at the mentions in the latest edition.

Iberia has had three mentions in this year’s statistics and appears at #14 in the ranking of the world’s top 100 airlines. Compared to 2021, it has moved up 20 positions. Not bad, isn’t it?

In addition, Iberia appears at #20 of the airlines with the best Business class, and also at #1 of the European airlines with the best staff.

Have you ever flown with any of the airlines awarded by Skytrax?

What did you think of the post? We’re sure this whole topic is fascinating at least.

And, above all, now we’re really looking forward to travelling on one of the airlines on the absolute podium of the World Airline Awards. How about a trip to Singapore in Business Class?

Well, what is for sure is that the next time you get on a commercial airline and the crew boasts about a Skytrax award, you will have a high-level flight experience… So enjoy it!

And if you liked this post, and you want to continue learning about aviation, we recommend that you take a look at our blog, where we explain everything from what the Doppler effect is to how the turbulent wake works.

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