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

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 2022

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

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Singapore Airlines
  3. Emirates
  4. ANA All Nippon Airways
  5. Qantas Airways
  6. Japan Airlines
  7. Turkish Airlines
  8. Air France
  9. Korean Air
  10. Swiss International Air Lines

Qatar Airways has been awarded the World’s Best Airline award seven times. According to Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways: “Everyone in the group is dedicated to delivering the highest standards to our customers”.

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 #25 in the ranking of the world’s top 100 airlines. Compared to 2021, it has moved up 10 positions. Not bad, isn’t it?

In addition, Iberia appears at #16 of the airlines with the best Premium Economy class, and also at #10 of the European airlines with the best staff.

A little further down, we find Vueling, occupying the #51 position in the ranking of the 100 best airlines in the world.

On the other hand, Level is in luck as it enters the World’s 100 Best Airlines list for the first time: from #105 in 2021, to #99 in the 2022 edition.

And finally, we have Air Nostrum, which has been ranked #19 of the best regional airlines.

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!

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