BA wins 2006 Airline of the Year Title

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  1. JBH

    JBH Junior Member

    May 31, 2006

    British Airways has been named as the winner of the Airline of the Year title in the 2006 World Airline Awards.

    Top 10 Airlines - 2006 Airline of the Year

    British Airways

    Qantas Airways

    Cathay Pacific

    Thai Airways


    Qatar Airways

    Singapore Airlines

    A N A

    Malaysia Airlines

    China Airlines

    Commenting on the World Airline Awards, Edward Plaisted (CEO, Skytrax) said ....."the World Airline Survey is recognised across the globe as the leading independent monitor of passenger opinions - the survey process offering the only truly worldwide project, with open and uninfluenced results. The final total of 13.61 million eligible, completed survey interviews was beyond our expectations, and we extend a very big thank you to all those customers who participated."

    "Our congratulations go to the 2006 Airline of the Year winner, British Airways. In contrast to several previous year surveys, we found that the level of nominations for British Airways by their premium passengers was proportionately much higher than that of other airlines in the Top 10 rankings - clearly they are doing something right in that particular market. An airline undergoing considerable changes and cutting product levels to compete across Europe with the low-cost airline competition, a key element to emerge in the passenger voting for British Airways was that it performs well in terms of general product and service consistency."

    Contrasting with the higher support for British Airways from their premium customers, the final rankings for Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways and Emirates were much more influenced by nominations from their Economy class customers.

    Martin George, British Airways commercial director, said: "We are delighted to have won this award. They are judged by the people whose opinions we value the most – our customers. We thank them for taking the time to vote."

    "Qantas takes the 2nd place Silver Award, repeating their 2004/5 performance, and demonstrating that they are well-established amongst the top quality airlines in the world. A strong performer in other 2006 Category Awards, we will be watching with interest to see if they can push themselves into the top position next year!" added Plaisted.

    The 2005 winner, Cathay Pacific, was ranked in 3rd position for the 2006 World Airline Awards, with Thai Airways in 4th place, and Emirates in 5th. Thai Airways enjoyed further success in the Awards, being named as Worlds Best Cabin Staff for 2006.

    Continuing its upward rise in the Award rankings, Qatar Airways takes 6th position (up from 8th in 2005), ahead of Singapore Airlines (SIA) in 7th - SIA being a previous Airline of the Year winner in 2004. Qatar Airways strong performance extended to winning the Awards for Best Airline Middle East, together with achieving 2nd place worldwide in the Best Cabin Staff category.

    Japan's ANA is another airline that improved on its previous-year ranking, moving into 8th place for 2006 (from 10th last year). A regular top 10 performer, Malaysia Airlines ranks 9th this year, slipping slightly from 6th position in 2005. The final Top 10 place goes to Taiwan's China Airlines, making a jump of 6 places from their 2005 ranking.

    "We are already in planning for the 2006/7 World Airline Survey" said Plaisted, "and expect even wider coverage as more language options are offered up for online completion. This past year, we were able to provide English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese versions to our Business Research Group members, and clearly it is going to be beneficial to extend that across many more customers for the upcoming survey."

    "The range of results published in the 2006 World Airline Awards are more extensive than ever before, and I hope you will take a few minutes to explore around the different categories. Like so many things in life, what is good for one is not for another .... what you like, I may not - but what I hope is properly represented across the World Airline Awards is the opinion of the majority" added Plaisted.

  2. aus_flyer

    aus_flyer Established Member

    Feb 15, 2005
    BA number 1 ???
    What absolute rubbish
    Survey was probably conducted on a street corner in London just outside BA headquarters ;)
  3. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

    Mar 22, 2005
    BNE, SYD and CNX
    Just the same the top 3 airlines are OneWorld airlines.
  4. QF WP


    Jun 20, 2002
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    I can't see how they can be right :confused: , but maybe I haven't been flying enough :shock:
  5. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

    Oct 10, 2005
    I dunno... Haven't had a chance to sample CX 1st yet, but BA 1st was ahead of QF 1st by quite a long way in my opinion from my latest trip.

    Also, if the rating is done on number of responses, BA has an advantage in that it may well have more passengers than some of the others

  6. N860CR

    N860CR Established Member

    Nov 30, 2004
    Brisbane & Sydney
    #6 N860CR, Jun 17, 2006
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2006
    Absolute garbage. I used to give the Skytrax survey a bit of credibility, but not after the last two years. BA and Qantas sit well behind most of the Asian carriers. They contradict themselves a bit, only rating QF and BA as 4 star airlines while a few of those sitting behind them are 5 star.

    Seems Jetstar Asia has also come in first for best low cost carrier in Asia and South East Asia. After flying with a fair few of the major South East Asian LCC's (Air Asia, Tiger Airways, One-Two-Go and Jetstar Asia) I find that one even harder to understand
  7. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    It is laughable. I've flown most of the "top 10" and the results are a joke. TG better than SQ! BA better than CX - ummm who had the lengthy catering problems not to mention lesser onboard quality and service.

    IMHO it isnt worth the paper its written on. Unfortunately it will, as usual, be trumpeted by the "winning" airlines and thus sucker joe public who hasn't had wide flying experience.
  8. NM


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    Its probably a good thing there are so many "Airline of the year" competitions. That way all the major airlines can have a slice of the cake. On each of my CX flights in the last week they have made mention of CX being the airline of the year. So the title is not exclusive!
  9. bfmi

    bfmi Intern

    Feb 8, 2006
    I think more likely, they have never set foot inside an aircraft and perhaps like the colours in the tail.

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