AirAsia was named the world's best low-priced airline, while Garuda Indonesia can officially claim the world's top cabin crew.
A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300 is moved on the Tarmac of Le Bourget airport on June 18, 2017 on the eve of the opening of the International Paris Air Show. In addition, Azul was also named for the second consecutive year as the victor of the Best Airline Staff in South America award.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by global air transport rating organization Skytrax. "It is a fabulous achievement to win this award for the first time and should serve as encouragement to the airline staff and management for future development".
AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, said the company was honoured to receive the awards and it reflected the company's commitment to deliver only the best for the valued guests.
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The awards, known as the "Oscars of the aviation industry", was presented to Asia's largest low-priced carrier at a ceremony held at Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace, Le Bourget Airport in Paris on Tuesday.
The Skytrax Awards are the global benchmark of airline excellence with over 19.9 million customer surveys completed worldwide by more than 105 nationalities, measuring standards across 49 key performance indicators of an airline's frontline products and services. Last year, Emirates, a regional rival, stole the show.
Continuing the digital trend, in 2017 Finnair was the first airline in the world to launch Alipay onboard, in addition, successful face recognition trials were conducted at Helsinki Airport check-in with Finnair frequent fliers.
"I thank our employees for their hard work and dedication in helping us earn this distinction and I thank our customers for their loyalty and support as we have expanded our reach across the globe". That news came after the United Kingdom and United States banned passengers from using laptops and other larger electronics in the cabins on flight originating from several Middle Eastern nations-which has led to financial implications for airlines servicing those countries. The world's fast growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017; including, Auckland which began in February, Chiang Mai, Dublin, Nice, Skopje and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 199 aircraft.
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