Cathay Wins Skytrax Airline of the Year

  • Cathay Pacific earned top honors in the Skytrax ranking.

    Cathay Pacific earned top honors in the Skytrax ranking.

  • Singapore Airlines stayed in the third spot. The airline revamped their Sydney lounge this year.

    Singapore Airlines stayed in the third spot. The airline revamped their Sydney lounge this year.

  • Qatar Airways maintained its second place position and launched A380 service to London this year.

    Qatar Airways maintained its second place position and launched A380 service to London this year.

  • Emirates dropped to the fourth spot this year, though they did reveal innovation such as their private jet service.

    Emirates dropped to the fourth spot this year, though they did reveal innovation such as their private jet service.

  • All Nippon Airways dropped two positions to number six.

    All Nippon Airways dropped two positions to number six.

  • Turkish Airways gained four spots from last year.

    Turkish Airways gained four spots from last year.

  • Korean carrier Asiana slid to eighth place from fifth in 2013.

    Korean carrier Asiana slid to eighth place from fifth in 2013.

  • Etihad unveiled its A380 Residence Cabin this year but slid to the ninth spot.

    Etihad unveiled its A380 Residence Cabin this year but slid to the ninth spot.

  • German carrier Luthansa claims the tenth position in the poll.

    German carrier Luthansa claims the tenth position in the poll.

  • Garuda Indonesia re-enters the list with a seventh place ranking.

    Garuda Indonesia re-enters the list with a seventh place ranking.

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Cathay Pacific has been named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Skytrax, a global airline ranking system. It is not the first win for Cathay, which previously claimed the top spot in 2009. Cathay dethroned the 2013 Skytrax winner, Emirates, which slid to number four this year. The airline invested heavily in its plane cabins this year, contributing to its win. Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines maintained positions two and three, respectively. Skytrax generates the awards through the survey of millions of travelers from more than 160 countries. The benchmarking group claims the results are objective and free or monetary influence, though the survey did see controversy this year when Etihad (the ninth ranked airline for 2014) announced its withdrawal from the awards citing unequal comparisons between airline products.  Meanwhile Indonesia’s national airline, Garuda Indonesia, re-entered the top ten list and sits in the seventh position.

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