Cathay Pacific was announced as the World’s Best Airline in 2014 at the World Airline Awards at Farnborough, held during the International Air Show.
The awards, run by research firm Skytrax, are one of the most high-profile in the aviation industry and Cathay Pacific becomes the first airline to win the award four times, having previously taken the title in 2003, 2005 and 2009.
The airline has spent $HK4.9bn (US$630m) revamping its aircraft over the past four years.
Asian and Middle Eastern airlines dominated the new top 10 listing. Two European airlines also made the list: Turkish Airlines, which has seen passenger numbers rise by 16.8 per cent so far in 2014 compared to the same period last year, climbing to number five from number nine last year, and German carrier Lufthansa filling the 10th spot.
Singapore Airlines won the award for best First Class cabin; Qatar for best Business Class and Korea’s Asiana for best Economy Class.
In the budget airlines category, AirAsia and offshoot AirAsia X took the top two spots.
The Skytrax awards are based on a survey of 18.85m airline passengers from around the world.
Etihad Airways had tried to withdraw from the awards, citing unhappiness with rating system, although Skytrax still ranked it ninth overall. Emirates did win the Best In Flight Entertainment category.
Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu (pictured) collected the main award at the ceremony in Farnborough, and said he was “extremely proud, for both Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong” to receive the honour.
Cathay Pacific has been making significant investments, with 90 on order.
The full Skytrax 2014 world top 10 airlines list:
1. Cathay Pacific Airways
2. Qatar Airways
3. Singapore Airlines
5. Turkish Airlines
6. ANA All Nippon Airways
7. Garuda Indonesia
8. Asiana Airlines
9. Etihad Airways
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